Professor Kurt Mehlhorn appointed to the European Research Council’s Scientific Council

Professor Kurt Mehlhorn, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Professor of Algorithms and Complexity at Saarland University, will serve for the next four years on the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), as announced in an ERC press release.

“I consider it a great honor to be able to work there,” says Professor Kurt Mehlhorn of the ERC’s decision to appoint him to the Scientific Council, established in 2006. Among the 22 scientists, Mehlhorn is one of three German researchers. Working alongside him are Professor Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association, and Professor Michael Kramer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. Previously on the council were the German Nobel laureate Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Professor Hans-Joachim Freund, Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society.

Mehlhorn praises the strategic orientation of the ERC: “Previously, the EU primarily funded applied research; now through the ERC, basic research will receive support as well. That is a giant step forward. Only basic research produces results that lead to radical advances. Think of the Internet, for example, or satellite navigation.”

Background on Professor Kurt Mehlhorn
Kurt Mehlhorn leads the group “Algorithms and Complexity” at the Saarbrücken-based Max Planck Institute for Informatics. He has contributed to around 300 research publications, and published six books. 80 of his former students now hold professorships. Mehlhorn is the recipient of multiple renowned research prizes, among them the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1986 and the Konrad Zuse Medal in 1995. From 2002 to 2008 he was Vice President of the Max Planck Society. In 2014 he celebrated his 30-year anniversary as a professor. He is a member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences; acatech, the German Academy of Science and Engineering; Academia Europaea; and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. In the past year he was invited into the American National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Associate. He is the second European computer scientist to be honored in this way. Kurt Mehlhorn has also been an entrepreneur, having co-founded Algorithmic Solutions Software GmbH in 1995.

Further information:

Questions can be directed to:
Professor Kurt Mehlhorn
Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC)
Telefon: +49 681 9325 1000

Gordon Bolduan
Kompetenzzentrum Informatik Saarland
Telefon: +49 681 302-70741

“I consider it a great honor to be able to work there,” says Professor Kurt Mehlhorn of the ERC’s decision to appoint him to the Scientific Council.

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