The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is an independent body that advises our institute on relevant issues of science policy and society, supports it in important matters, and mediates and promotes contact with the city of Hamburg, the region and other parts of society. The members of our Board of Trustees are high-ranking personalities from the fields of politics, science and media, who are appointed by the president of the Max Planck Society. Once a year they meet at our institute to learn about current developments and significant research results at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and to exchange information and confer with the directors.

Current members of the Board of Trustees:

Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann

Vice President
Universität Hamburg | Hamburg

Katharina Fegebank

Second Mayor and Senator
in the authority of science, research, gender, and districts | Hamburg

Dr. Karsten Hess

Head of Unit 724 „Global Change - Climate, Biodiversity"
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) | Bonn

Prof. Dr. Peter Lemke

Senior Advisor
Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research | Bremerhaven

Dr. Ulf von Rauchhaupt

Science Editor
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung | Frankfurt/Main

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rehahn               

Scientific Executive
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon | Geesthacht

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Timm-Giel               

Technische Universität Hamburg | Hamburg


Dr. Ulrike Kirchner

Research Coordination and Communication
Phone: +49 (0)40 41173-235
ulrike.kirchner@we dont want

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