Chemist joins executive committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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[08.07.2016] Prof. Roland A. Fischer, holder of the chair of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry at TUM, is the new Vice President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The general meeting of the DFG appointed Fischer to the executive committee of the largest research funding institution and central self-governing science organization in Germany for a period of four years. The body is responsible for setting the strategic and conceptual direction of the DFG.

Prof. Roland A. Fischer took over the Chair of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry at Technical University of Munich (TUM) from Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann in January 2016. Prior to this, he was active as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Ruhr‐Universität Bochum (RUB) from 1997 to 2015 and at Heidelberg University from 1996 to 1997. Born in 1961, Fischer studied at TUM, where he also received his doctorate and, after a period of post-doctoral research at the University of California, qualified as a professor. He has also been a guest professor in Mumbai and Kyoto.

Roland Fischer is a long-standing advocate of cooperation between natural sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences. Fischer also promoted this interdisciplinary approach in the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) of TUM, the advisory committee of which he has been a member since 2007, and prior to this as a speaker at the Graduate School of the RUB.

Fischer was coordinator of the DFG “CVD Materials” Priority Programme and since 2012 has played an active role in the scientific self-governance as a member of the senate panel for the DFG Collaborative Research Centres. From 2000 to 2002, he was prorector for teaching, study and study reform at the RUB.