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Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council (WB) advises Forschungszentrum Jülich on all scientific and technical issues of general importance. This includes, for example, Jülich’s strategy and planning activities, promoting the optimal use of research facilities, and issues related to cooperations with universities and other research institutions.
The Scientific Advisory Council consists of members who are not employees of Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a rule, they are appointed by the Supervisory Board for a period of five years. The chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council is a member of the Supervisory Board.


  • Dr. Heike Riel, IBM Research - Zürich, Switzerland (Chair)
  • Prof. Barbara Chapman, Stony Brook University, USA
  • Prof. Stephanie Clarke, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois - University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. T. W. Clyne, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr. Frank-Detlef Drake, Innogy SE, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knoll, AIT, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Toni M. Kutchan, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA
  • Dr. Peter Nagler, (previously Evonik Industries AG) Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Joyce E. Penner, University of Michigan, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Roser, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Horst Simon, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan, Technical University Dortmund, Germany


  • Prof. Dr. Karen Maex, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Pebay-Peyroula, ANR, France
  • Prof. Dr. Elke Scheer, Universität Konstanz, Germany

Additional Information

Dr. Heike Riel, IBM


Dr. Heike Riel (IBM) has been the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Council of Forschungszentrum Jülich since 2013. more: Chairperson …