Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Director of the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), was re-elected for two more years in office as academic vice president of the Leibniz Association. During their 21st annual meeting in Berlin at the end of November the majority of the members of the Leibniz Association voted for Prof. Westphal. As one of three academic vice presidents she is focusing on internationalisation and the training of young scientists. Prof. Westphal has held this position since November 2011.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association, said: “I am happy that Hildegard Westphal continues to be at my side as vice president and member of the board. During the last four years she has successfully represented the Leibniz Association with great commitment whilst building and strengthening our international collaborations.”
Prof. Westphal is looking forward to continue to support the Leibniz Association as vice president on the international stage.
Hildegard Westphal has been the Director of the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) since December 2010. She is at the same time head of the Department of Biogeochemistry and Geology and of the workgroup Geoecology and Carbonate Sedimentology. At the University of Bremen she holds the Professorship for Geology of the Tropics. Hildegard Westphal is, amongst others, a member of the Foundation Board of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), a member of Jacobs University’s Board of Governors and a member of the Board of Trustees of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. From 2005 to 2010 she was a member of the Junge Akademie. Prof. Westphal was awarded the Albert Maucher prize by the German Research Foundation and the Hans Cloos Prize by the German Geologische Vereinigung. Since November 2011 she has held the post of academic vice president of the Leibniz Association with responsibility for internationalisation.