Matthias Winker new administrative chairman of AIP Board

4 August 2015. Matthias Winker is appointed as new administrative chairman at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). Together with the scientific chairman and speaker of the Board, Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz, Winker completes the Executive Board of the institute.
Matthias Winker new administrative chairman of AIP Board

Matthias Winker

Matthias Winker studied engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany and science management at the Danube University Krems in Austria. After several line functions at the TU Dresden in science and non-scientific positions he was previously part of the managing board of the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts and responsible for strategic development, European and international affairs.

Matthias Winker is an expert in science management, in particular science financing, organizational development and human resources as well as European research funding.

As the supervisory body of the institute, the Executive Board of the AIP is accountable to the Board of Trustees for the finances and the fulfilment of the objectives of the foundation.The administrative member of the Executive Board is responsible for the budget and the business transactions of the current administration. The members of the Board work closely and on a basis of mutual trust to achieve the goals of the institute.

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The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.