Boards

IST Austria is governed by a number of boards, each of them responsible for precisely defined tasks. The members of the boards are selected according to the basic principle of independence from any influence other than scientific or administrative excellence.


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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees oversees the development of the Institute, while acting as its highest authority and ensuring that the Institute adheres to its founding principles and vision. It provides guidance to the management and—among other tasks—is responsible for approving:

  • the statutes of the organization and its strategic direction, 
  • the budget and annual financial statements,
  • the appointment of the President, the Scientific Board, and the Managing Director, and 
  • the procedures for academic appointments and the promotion of scientists.

The Board of Trustees consists of 15 members. Eight of them are internationally well-known scientists, four are appointed by the Federal Government, and three are appointed by the Government of Lower Austria.

Claus J. Raidl
Chair
Former President, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna


Olaf Kübler
Vice-Chair
Former President of ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Catherine Cesarsky
Chief Scientific Advisor, High Commissioner for Atomic Energy, CEA-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France


Alice Dautry
Former President of Institut Pasteur, Paris, France



Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauß
CEO/CFO, Fronius International GmbH, Pettenbach



Peter Fratzl
Director, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany



Haim Harari
Former President of Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel



Alexander Hartig
Member of the Management Board, Industrieliegenschaftenverwaltungs AG, Vienna



Reinhard Jahn
Director, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany



Monika Kircher
Member of the Supervisory Board and Consultant, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach


Iain Mattaj
Director, Human Technopole, Milano, Italy



Pietro Perona
Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA


Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer
Member of the Supervisory Board, RHI Magnesita, Vienna Airport



Elisabeth Stadler
CEO of the Vienna Insurance Group, Vienna



Stefan Szyszkowitz
Spokesman of the EVN Executive Board




Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees and has the following rights and duties, among others:

  • Act on behalf of the Board of Trustees in all matters between the meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  • Hold preliminary discussions on matters to be brought for approval to the Board of Trustees, e.g. the annual budget.

The Executive Committee consists of six members.

Haim Harari
Chair
Former President of Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel


Reinhard Jahn
Vice-Chair
Director, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany


Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauß
CEO/CFO, Fronius International GmbH, Pettenbach



Iain Mattaj
Director, Human Technopole, Milano, Italy



Claus J. Raidl
Former President, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna



Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer
Member of the Supervisory Board, RHI Magnesita, Vienna Airport




Scientific Board

The Scientific Board prepares recommendations on scientific direction and on ensuring a high degree of scientific productivity.  The Scientific Board consists of ten researchers who are internationally recognized at the highest level and an additional (non-voting) member with outstanding management experience. The members were appointed by the Board of Trustees for a term of 6 years.

Peter Fratzl
Chair
Director, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany


Maria J. Esteban
Vice-Chair
Research Director, CEREMADE, CNRS and Université Paris-Dauphine


Martín Abadi
Professor, Google AI, Mountain View, USA

Angelika Amon
Professor, Department of Biology, MIT, Cambridge, USA

Ben Feringa
Professor, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Tony F. Heinz
Professor of Applied Physics and of Photon Science, Stanford University, USA

Hannah Monyer
Professor, Department of Clinical Neurobiology, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Gene Myers
Director, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany

Martin Nowak
Professor, Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Petra Schwille
Director, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Deutschland

Non-voting Member:
Claus J. Raidl
Former President, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna



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