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Horst_11_02Professor Horst Hippler has been President of the German Rectors’ Conference since May 2012. He graduated in physics from the University of Goettingen and received his Doctorate from the École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Professor Hippler did his postdoctoral studies at the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, California and at the University of Goettingen. It was there that he received his “Habilitation” degree in physical chemistry in 1988.

In 1993, he became Professor of Physical Chemistry at what was then the University of Karlsruhe and is now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). From 2002 to 2012, he served first as Rector of the University of Karlsruhe and later as President of KIT. In addition, from 2006 to 2009 he served as President of TU9, the association of nine leading technical universities in Germany. From 2010 to 2012, he was President of the Rectors’ Conference of the Universities of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Professor Hippler is a member of various advisory boards and boards of governors of German as well as French universities. He is a member of the Conseil Scientifique d´Electricité des France (EDF). In 2009, he was elected member of acatech, the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and in 2011 became a corresponding member of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences.

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