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Rolf Heuer

Chair of the European Commission’s Group of Scientific Advisors
Professor Heuer is an experimental particle physicist and was one of the first members of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. He has been elected Chair of the Group in April 2017.

From April 2016 until April 2018, he was the President of the German Physical Society (DPG), and is now its Vice-President. Since May 2017 he is President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East). He has been Director-General of CERN from January 2009 to December 2015. During his mandate, CERN started the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2009 and increased its energy in 2015, researchers at CERN discovered the H-Boson, and the CERN Membership was enlarged. He actively engaged CERN in promoting the importance of science and STEM education for the
sustainable development of the society.

From 2004 to 2008, Prof. Heuer was research director for particle and astro-particle physics at the DESY laboratory, Germany, where he oriented the particle physics groups towards LHC by joining both large experiments, ATLAS and CMS. He initiated restructuring and focusing of German high energy physics at the energy frontier with particular emphasis on LHC (Helmholtz Alliance “Physics at the tera-scale”).

Prof. Heuer has published over 500 scientific papers and holds many Honorary Degrees from universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. He is Member of several Academies of Sciences in Europe, in particular of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Honorary Member of the European Physical Society. In 2015 he received the Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He also was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the French Republic