German Research Foundation elects new president
The general assembly of the German Research Foundation (DFG) has elected Peter Strohschneider as its new president. The organisation, which funds scientific research, announced the news in Dortmund on Wednesday, 4 July, 2012.
The 56 year-old Munich-native, an expert in medieval Germanic Studies, will begin his period of office on 1 January, 2013 and succeeds the Dortmund engineering scientist Matthias Kleiner. The soon-to-be DFG president served as chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities from 2006 until 2011.
The German Research Foundation is, by its own accounts, the central self-governing body for science and research in Germany. The organisation supports all fields of scientific research by providing funding for research projects and by furthering collaborative efforts between researchers. It receives most of its funding from the federal government and from individual federal states.