On 18 January 2018 in Cologne, the Presidium of the AiF elected Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Bauer (52) as the 13th President of the AiF. Since 2005 he has been Managing Director of the internationally active BAUER Maschinen GmbH with 1,100 employees in Schrobenhausen, Upper Bavaria.
In addition to the President, the AiF Executive Committee also elected four Vice-Presidents:
- Edwin Büchter, Managing Partner of Clean-Lasersysteme GmbH, Herzogenrath, Germany
- Dr.-Ing. Andreas Zielonka, Managing Director of the Association for the Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metal Chemistry (fem), Schwäbisch Gmünd
- Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, President of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe Professor Dr. Kurt Wagemann, Managing Director of DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie, Frankfurt am Main
- Professor Dr. Kurt Wagemann, Managing Director of DECHEMA Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Frankfurt am Main
About the AiF
The working group of industrial research associations “Otto von Guericke e.V.” is the research network for the German middle class. It promotes research, transfer and innovation. As the umbrella association of 100 non-profit research associations with more than 50,000 integrated companies and 1,200 participating research institutes, it makes an important contribution to sustainably strengthening the competitiveness of Germany’s economy. The AiF, as a non-profit association, organizes joint industrial research and, via AiF Projekt GmbH and AiF F∙T∙K GmbH, its wholly-owned subsidiaries, manages other public funding programmes. In 2017, the AiF invested around 535 million euros in public funding. Since its foundation in 1954, the AiF has channelled around 11 billion euros in public funding into new developments and innovations and initiated more than 220,000 research projects.