Attracting and nurturing talent, revitalizing processes and strategies, embracing social responsibility
At the June 23, 2022 meeting, Hector Fellow Patrick Cramer was unanimously elected as the next president of the Max Planck Society, one of Germany's leading institutions for basic research. Cramer will take over from current President Martin Stratmann on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Max Planck Society in June 2023 in Göttingen.
Hector Fellow Patrick Cramer has been a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Natural Sciences since 2014. The chairman of the Presidential Search Committee justified the proposal by stating that Cramer " has not only a brilliant scientific record that has been recognized by numerous awards, he also brings with him extensive expertise from university self-governance and a number of differing organizations, and thus the management skills required to lead a scientific organization on the scale of the Max Planck Society." Cramer himself expressed his delight about the election and emphasized his intention to use his "experiences collected at various scientific institutions to promote cutting-edge research in Germany".
In his inaugural speech Patrick Cramer answered the question of how the Max Planck Society should continue to be successful after 75 years. The new President identified three key areas of action for him: attracting and nurturing talent, revitalizing processes and strategies, and embracing social responsibility.