Austrian Science Fund: New Executive Board takes Office
On 1 September 2016, the new Executive Board of the Austrian Science Fund FWF started its term of office under the lead of Klement Tockner. The 53-year-old aquatic ecologist is supported by three Scientific Vice Presidents: Gerlinde Mautner (Institute for English Business Communication, Vienna University of Economics and Business), Gregor Weihs (Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck) and Ellen Zechner (Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz). Artemis Vakianis is the new Executive Vice President in charge of commercial and administrative matters.
Klement Tockner, former Director of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries as well as Professor for Aquatic Ecology at the Freie Universität Berlin, takes over as FWF President from Christine Mannhalter. The Professor of Molecular Diagnostics had been entrusted with the presidency ad interim in August 2015, after Pascale Ehrenfreund left the FWF for the German National Aeronautics and Space Research Centre (DLR). As of 1 September, Christine Mannhalter assumes the chair of the non-profit research, information and culture undertaking Genom Austria, a citizen-science project initiated by the CeMM Research Centre for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Medical University of Vienna.
Photo credits: FWF, WU, UIBK, DK-UNI Graz