FIAS congratulates its Board of Trustees Chairman! He was appointed to the FIAS Board of Trustees in 2021 and elected its chair last year. Volker Mosbrugger was born in Constance on 12 July 1953. He studied biology and chemistry for the teaching profession in Freiburg and later obtained his doctorate there. He habilitated at the Institute of Palaeontology at the University of Bonn in 1989 and followed a call to the University of Tübingen one year later. Mosbrugger investigated ecological and climatic changes in the Earth's history.
In 2005, Mosbrugger came to Frankfurt as director of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Nature Museum. From 2009 to 2020, he was Director General of the "Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung". He promoted the timely topics of climate and environmental protection in research and at the Senckenberg Museum and brought biodiversity research into focus. Under his leadership, the museum and the research institute were rebuilt and expanded.
Last year, the City of Frankfurt awarded him the Goethe Plaque. He had done a lot for Frankfurt and made outstanding contributions to the city's museum and science landscape, the laudation said. FIAS director Eckhard Elsen praised his "creative activities and communicative exchange". Mosbrugger also promoted this spirit as Chairman of the FIAS Board of Trustees. This "Stiftungsrat" supervises the Board of Directors and appoints its members. It decides on the budget of FIAS and advises the Board of Directors in all matters of strategic importance. In recent years, for example, it contributed significantly to the successful restructuring of the research areas at FIAS and accompanied this process. Mosbrugger is also the honorary president of the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt.
FIAS wishes him all the best on his 70th birthday and looks forward to continued constructive and creative cooperation for the benefit of our institute!