Professor Kurt Mehlhorn, Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Professor of Algorithms and Complexity at Saarland University, will be a member of the Scientific Council of the ERC (European Research Council) for the next four years. This was announced by the ERC in a press release. The Scientific Council consists of 22 renowned scientists and is the Board of the ERC. It organizes the financial support of fundamental research within the European Union.
"I see it as a great honor to be appointed" commented Professor Kurt Mehlhorn on the decision of the ERC to place him on their Scientific Council, which has existed since 2006. Of the 22 scientists Professor Kurt Mehlhorn is one of three German researchers. He will work with Professor Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association, and Professor Michael Kramer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. People who formerly worked on the Scientific Council include the German Nobel laureate Christiane Nuesslein-Volhard and Professor Hans-Joachim Freund, Director of the Scientific Council at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society.