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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2012

76 Forschungszentrum Jülich | Annual Report 2012 Forschungszentrum Jülich was established on 11 December 1956 by the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. On 5 December 1967, it was converted into a GmbH (limited company) with the Federal Republic of Germany and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia assuming the role of shareholders. The task of Forschungszentrum Jülich is • to pursue scientific and technical research and develop- ment at the interface between mankind, environment and technology, • to undertake or participate in other national and international tasks in the field of basic and application-oriented research, especially precautionary research, • to cooperate with science and industry in these fields of research and to communicate know-how to society as part of technology transfer. Company bodies The Partner’s Meeting is the principal decision-making body of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH. The Supervisory Board as a body supervises the lawfulness, expedience and economic efficiency of the management board. It makes decisions on important research-related and financial issues of the company. The Board of Directors conducts Forschungszentrum Jülich’s business pursuant to the Articles of Association. It reports to the Supervisory Board. Committees The Scientific and Technical Council (WTR) and the Scientific Advisory Council (WB) are committees of Forschungszentrum Jülich. WTR advises the Partners’ Meeting, the Supervisory Board and the management board on all issues associated with the strategic orientation of Forschungszentrum Jülich and on all scientific and technical issues of general importance. The Scientific Advisory Council (WB) advises Forschungs- zentrum Jülich on all scientific and technical issues of general importance. This includes, for example, Jülich’s strategy and planning of research and development activities, promoting the optimal use of research facilities, and issues related to cooperations with universities and other research institutions. The Scientific Advisory Council comprises members who are not employees of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council is a member of the Super- visory Board. Partners’ Meeting The Partner’s Meeting is chaired by the German federal government, represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Supervisory Board Ministerialdirektor Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher (Chairman) Federal Ministry of Education and Research State Secretary Helmut Dockter (Vice-Chairman) Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Bodies and Committees Dr.-Ing. Manfred Bayerlein TÜV Rheinland AG Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisiegel University of Göttingen Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Berens University of Münster Ministerialdirigent Berthold Goeke Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety State Secretary Peter Knitsch Ministry of Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Dr. Arnd Jürgen Kuhn Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences MinDirig Prof. Dr. Diethard Mager Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Prof. Dr. Uwe Pietrzyk Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine Dr. Heike Riel IBM Research – Zürich MinDirig Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph Federal Ministry of Education and Research Supervisory Board