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Scientific Director of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Sebastian M. Schmidt ©Copyright: HZDR/C.Reichelt

“Our research contributes essentially to a free, enlightened and sustainable society. Our goal is to consolidate Germany and Europe as centers of knowledge and business in order to secure a proper standard of living for our and future generations. With our unique research infrastructures, diverse teams and interdisciplinary partnerships around the world, we have the best basis to achieve this.”

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Sebastian M. Schmidt, born in 1967, grew up in Greifswald and started his scientific career at the University of Rostock and at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. He completed his doctorate in theoretical physics in Rostock in 1995. After a scholarship at Tel Aviv University and as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Argonne National Laboratory (USA), he took over the leadership of an Emmy Noether junior research group sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in 2000. In 2001, he completed his habilitation at the Universities of Tübingen and Rostock. From 2002 to 2006, Sebastian M. Schmidt was first a staff member, then managing director of the Helmholtz Association's office in Berlin. From 2007 to 2020, he served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Forschungszentrum Jülich for the areas of matter and information. Since 2012 he holds a professorship for physics at RWTH Aachen University. As of October 2023 Sebastian M. Schmidt was elected to the National Academy of Science and Engineering - acatech.

Prof. Sebastian M. Schmidt has been Scientific Director at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf since April 1, 2020.


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