Jörg Hinrich Hacker


President, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina


Jörg Hinrich Hacker is President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He was Vice-President of the German Research Foundation, President of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and Director of the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology at the University of Würzburg.

His research focuses on the molecular anaylsis of infectious bacteria and of host-pathogen interactions. He has coordinated many international collaborative research projects and is a member of numerous national and international academies, scientific societies and boards: He serves on the Scientific Council of the Institute Pasteur, France, represents Germany on the Board of the InterAcademy Council and is a member of the Ethics Commission for a Safe Energy Supply of the Chancellor of Germany. Hacker is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Science Journalists’ Association.

He has received many awards and prizes, among them the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt-Science award and the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.