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Scientific director of the Neutron Source FRM II becomes new Vice President of the DAtF

Frankfurt am Main, 07.05.2014

The General Assembly of the DAtF (German Atomic Forum) unanimously confirmed the election of the DAtF Presidential Council of Prof. Dr. Winfried Petry as vice president in Frankfurt/Main on 7 May. The scientific director of the Research-Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) completes the DAtF Executive Board, besides Dr. Ralf Güldner (president), Stefan vom Scheidt (Vice President) and Ernst Michael Züfle (Treasurer). Prof. Petry succeeds Dr. Peter Fritz. The General Assembly expressed their gratitude to Dr. Fritz for his successful work in the Executive Board. Dr. Fritz will remain a member of the DAtF Presidential Council.

"During my period as vice president it is an important matter to me to highlight the high importance of science and research in the nuclear sector for an industrial location such as Germany. Despite the planned phase-out it is imperative that Germany remains in a pioneering role in nuclear research. Only by that do we carry enough weight to be able to influence international standards and remain as attractive location for researchers worldwide, which provides the necessary know-how", emphasizes Prof. Petry on the occasion of his election.

The life of the bearer of the Order of Merit with ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany stands for tireless devotion for the usage of nuclear technology in science and research. Already in 1995 he dedicated himself to the establishment of the Research-Neutron Source FRM II, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Since 2001 he is the scientific director. After graduating in Physics at the Technical University of Munich TUM, Prof. Petry obtained his doctorate from the Hahn-Meitner Institute / Free University of Berlin in 1981.

The following 10 years he worked as scientist in France and habilitated at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU).In 1992 he followed a call of the Technical University of Munich and accepted the position of dean of the faculty of physics for two years in 1996. Prof. Petry is appraiser at the German Research Foundation (DFG) and at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, confidential professor at the Bavarian Elite Academy as well as member of the supervisory and advisory board of several research institutions.

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