On September 21st, in the run-up to the Academy´s Annual Assembly in Berlin, the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences´ Senate confirmed the psychologist Ursula M. Staudinger (Bremen) for a second term of office as Vice-President of the Leopoldina and elected the engineering scientist Professor Sigmar Wittig (Karlsruhe) as the new Secretary of Class I (Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering). He replaces the physicist Professor Herbert Gleiter (Karlsruhe), who did not stand again as a candidate due to commitments resulting from foreign assignments.
Prof. Dr. Uusula M. Staudinger (born 1959) is the Founding Dean of the interdisciplinary Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development at Jacobs University and Vice-President of Jacobs University Bremen. She has been a member of the Leopoldina in the Section “Psychology and Cognitive Sciences” since 2002 and Vice-President of the Academy since 2007.
Prof. Dr. Sigmar Wittig (born 1940) serves as the Emeritus Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Thermal Turbomachinery. Wittig has been a member of the Leopoldina in the Section “Engineering Sciences” since 1998; from 1998 to 2006 he served as the spokesperson and Senator for that Section.
The Leopoldina Presidium is currently composed as follows:
Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, Microbiology, Halle (Saale)/Berlin
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Berg, Physicist, Halle (Saale)
Prof. Dr. Bärbel Friedrich, Micobiology, Berlin
Dr. Martin J. Lohse, Pharmacology, Würzburt
Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, Psychologist, Bremen
Class 1 – Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering
Prof. Dr. Sigmar Wittig, Engineering Scientist, Karlsruhe
Class II – Life Sciences
Prof. Dr. Peter Propping, Human Geneticist, Bonn
Class III – Medicine
Prof. Dr. Philipp U. Heitz, Pathologist, Zürich
Class IV: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences
Prof. Dr. Frank Rösler, Psychologist, Potsdam
Further Presidium Members
Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz, Chemist, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Georg Stingl, Dematologist, Vienna
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Zenner, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, Oncologist, Tübingen
As stipulated in the Leopoldina Statutes, the Presidium consists of the President, four Vice-Presidents, four Secretaries and further members. All the members of the Presidium are elected by the Academy´s Senate. The President and the four Vice-Presidents make up the executive board as defined by law. Each of the Secretaries is assigned to one of the four Classes and is responsible for those respective areas of interest in matters before the Presidium. The different Classes provide the platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas within the Academy.