The Vice President for Research
Professor Dr. Wolfgang Hofmeister D.Sc. h.c (VAST)
The current Vice President for Research, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Hofmeister, was appointed on April 1, 20013.
The Vice President for Research has special responsibility for the fields of research, data processing as well as knowledge and technology transfer. His duties also cover safety issues, the social integration of students, aspects of internationalization as well as technology and construction.
Wolfgang Hofmeister, born in 1952, studied Mineralogy at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He obtained his doctorate here in Crystallography and obtained his post-doctoral lecturing qualification in 1990 in Crystal Chemistry. He has served as a visiting professor in many different countries, including China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Poland. Furthermore, he maintains research collaborations with universities in Vietnam, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Poland, Austria, and Russia, and has organized international symposiums in Hanoi / Vietnam. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). Professor Dr. Wolfgang Hofmeiser sees the continuation of JGU's strategy of internationalization as one of his main tasks as Vice President for Research at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
Wolfgang Hofmeister has long been a member of university councils and research committees at Mainz University. He has wide-ranging experience and expertise in the area of knowledge and technology transfer, not least through his collaboration with medium-sized companies, particularly those active in the gemstone sector as well as in the construction-stone-soil and mineral-processing industries in Rhineland-Palatinate. He is also acted as an advisor to the customs authorities in the field of species protection (ivory). In his position of the Director of the Konrad Weidemann Center for Mineralogical Archaeometry, he maintains close interdisciplinary contacts with the disciplines of historical cultural studies and empirical natural sciences. Professor Dr. Wolfgang Hofmeister is also known for his work as expert, consultant, and lecturer, as well as for his activities in many professional associations. This includes, for example, his former work as Chairman of the Society of Rhenish Natural Scientists (RNG e.V.) as well as his active memberships in various advisory boards of subject-related institutes and societies.