On November 26, 2020, Stephan Junker, Managing Director of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, was elected as the new Vice-President of the Leibniz Association. He fills the most recently vacant vice-presidential position, which will be filled from among the members of the Leibniz Association's administrative committee.
"We are proud that his comprehensive knowledge of processes and possibilities in the German science system is so appreciated and that the museum can now play an even more active role in shaping the Leibniz Association" said Johannes Vogel, Director General of the museum.
Stephan Junker has been responsible for the administrative management of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin since 2011. Prior to this, he held various positions for almost 20 years, most recently as Deputy Managing Director, for the Forschungsverbund Berlin, the joint administration of eight Berlin Leibniz Institutes. Stephan Junker was elected for a two-year term of office to the Leibniz Association's five-member board of directors.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller, Managing Director of the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock, and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, were also re-elected to the Board of Directors and Vice-Presidents of the Leibniz Association for another two years.