After receiving a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Technical University of Darmstadt, I worked for almost 3 years as Postdoc at the Institute of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Research Center Jülich.
From 1992 onwards, I worked in the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since 2005 until my retirement in 2017, I was Deputy-Director General for Large Research Infrastructure and Basic Research in the BMBF. There I had the responsibility for five of the Helmholtz Research Centres in Germany as well as for XFEL and FAIR, the large new Research Infrastructures, Germany is constructing. In addition I was responsible for the German participation in ESS-neutron, CTA and ELI.
My directorate has dealt with the German participation in CERN, ESO, ESRF and ILL and therefore I was one of the German members of the CERN Council and the German representative in the Strategy Session of the CERN Council. I was also the representative of the BMBF in the Senate Commission of the Helmholtz Association for the research area “Matter”.
Since 2006, I was (and I am still be) one of the German representatives in ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures). Between 2010 and 2013, I was the Chair of ESFRI.
In June 2017 I was elected as Vice Chair of the ESS-Neutron Council and I am serving in the Advisory Board of InRoad, a European Commission funded project dealing with roadmapping.