President, German Physical Society. Former Director-General of the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland
Rolf-Dieter Heuer is an experimental particle physicist. He was the Director-General of the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) from January 2009 to December 2015. His mandate is characterised by the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2009, its energy increase in 2015, the discovery of the H-Boson, and the geographical enlargement of CERN membership. He engaged CERN in promoting the importance of science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for the sustainable development of society.
From 2004 to 2008, Professor Heuer was research director for particle and astroparticle physics at the DESY laboratory in Germany. Since April 2016, he has served as President of the German Physical Society and was designated President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East). He is also one of the seven members of the High Level Group of scientific advisers to the European Commission's new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM).
Professor Heuer has published over 500 scientific papers. He is a member of several Academies of Sciences in Europe and an honorary member of the European Physical Society. He received the Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the honour of Chevalier de la légion d’honneur, France.