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Iron man elected new Max Planck president

Martin Stratmann, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, Germany, will take the chair next year of that country’s largest non-university basic-research organization.

Martin Stratmann will become the head of the  Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in June 2014.

Martin Stratmann will become the head of the Max Planck Society in June 2014.

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The Max Planck Society (MPS), which runs 80 research institutes in Germany and 13 centres and partner institutes abroad, elected Stratmann as new president at its annual assembly this week in Potsdam. The 59-year-old chemist and materials researcher will take office in June next year, succeeding developmental biologist Peter Gruss, who has been at the helm of the society since 2002.

Stratmann, has been involved with the MPS for more than 30 years. Since 2000, he has been in charge of the department for Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering at the Institute for Iron Research, a public–private partnership between the MPS and the German Steel Institute. From 2006 to 2008, he was chairman of the MPS’s section for Chemistry, Physics and Technology. Since 2008, the expert in corrosion has been a vice-president of the society.

The Max Planck Society’s annual budget of around €2.0 billion (US$2.6 billion) is jointly financed by the federal government and Germany’s 16 state governments. Since its post-war foundation in 1948, the MPS has produced 17 Nobel prizewinners.

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