Board Of Members

In 1998, IGAFA became a non-profit registered association (e. V.) under German civil law.
Its Board of Members was elected in December 2018 (or. replacement in August 2020) for three years:

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne (Chairman)

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne has been the president of BAM since 2013. He studied chemistry at the University of Dortmund and at University College London and received his Ph.D. and habilitation at the Technical University of Munich. Professor Panne has been working at BAM since 2004, where he initially headed the department of Analytical Chemistry; Reference Materials. In addition to his presidency at BAM, he is honorary professor of Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU). He is also spokesman for the Working Group Departmental Research and chairman of the Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutes in Adlershof (IGAFA).

Professor Panne is co-initiator and spokesman for the HU Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA). In 2009, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society, GDCh) awarded him the Fresenius Prize for his achievements in analytical chemistry.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Esser

Prof. Dr. Norbert Esser studied physics at the RWTH Aachen (Diploma 1987); PhD 1991 and Habilitation 1997 at the Technische Universität Berlin. From 1994 to 1995 he was guest scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart (group of Manuel Cardona). In 1998 Norbert Esser was awarded the Karl-Scheel-Prize of the Physical Society of Berlin for his work on resonant Raman spectroscopy on surfaces. In 2003 he moved to ISAS – now Leibniz-Institute für Analytical Sciences – and took over as head of the department in Adlershof. At the end of 2006 he was appointed Professor for Interface Analytics at the TU Berlin, and joined the Board of Directors at ISAS in 2008. Since 2011 then he has been deputy chairman of the Board of Directors and is also responsible for the materials sciences.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Bickermann

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Bickermann studied Materials Science at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and received his doctorate in 2002 on the preparation of SiC crystals for semiconductor applications. After that he engaged in the growth and characterization of AlN crystals as substrates for UV optoelectronics. Since 2011, he is professor at the TU Berlin and department head at the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung. His domain is the growth of oxide, fluoride, and nitride single crystals.

Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning (since September 1st, 2020)

Since June 2019, Jan Lüning has been responsible for “Matter” as scientific manager of HZB. Before moving to HZB, Jan Lüning was a professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris and a scientific advisor at the synchrotron SOLEIL. Before that, he worked in the USA at the synchrotron in Stanford and for the IBM Almaden Research Center. The solid state physicist is an internationally recognized expert in research with synchrotron radiation, and has been instrumental in promoting the development of new methods.

Dr. Gerhard Ulm (until August 31st, 2020)

Dr. Gerhard Ulm studied Physics at the University Würzburg. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Mainz in 1984 based on experiments performed at GSI Darmstadt. After that, he became a Senior Fellow at CERN in Geneva, where he worked on various cooperation projects at the mass separator ISOLDE. In November 1986, he joined the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Berlin. He performed his field of work – metrology with synchrotron radiation – at the electron storage ring BESSY I, after 1999 at BESSY II, and since 2008 additionally at PTB’s own storage ring the Metrology Light Source (MLS). Since January 2010 Gerhard Ulm has headed PTB’s Division 7 “Temperature and Synchrotron Radiation”; from 2014 to 2019 he has been the Head of the Berlin Institute.

Prof. Dr. Ingolf V. Hertel (IGAFA Honorary Chairman)

The list of his merits is long. Grew up in Dresden and Freiburg, he devoted himself early into physics. As scientist, science-manager and -politician Prof. Ingolf V. Hertel made an enourmos contribution on reordering the science-landscape after the fall of the wall. He is considered as a pioneer in building up the Science- and Technology Park Adlershof, probably the most successful development-project at the new federal states. His academic career leads him via Mainz, Kaiserslautern, Berlin and Freiburg again back to Berlin. From 2010 on he works – already retired – at the ProMINT college of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, first as Heraeus-Senior-Professor, then as a Senior Advisor and since 2018 as Honorary Professor.

Up to 2009 Prof. Hertel was chairman of IGAFA and today he is their honorary chairman. Since 1997 he is member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. From 1998 to 2000 he was undersecretary for science and research, Senate administration for Science, research and culture of the state of Berlin. In 2004 he was awarded with the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of merit) 1st class. Since 2018 Prof. Hertel is Honorary Member of the Magnus-Haus Berlin of the German-Physical-Society and got the Needle of Honor of the German-Physical-Society.

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