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Michaela Fritz is Vice Rector for Research and Innovation at MedUni Vienna. Her deputy will be Horst Bischof, Vice Rector for Research at the Graz University of Technology.

On 14 October, the new Assembly of Delegates (term of office 2019 to 2023) met to elect its Chairperson for the second time since the 2015 amendment to the Austrian Research and Technology Funding Act (FTFG). Through that position, the FTFG sought to highlight the independence of this body within the management structure of the FWF. At the meeting of the Assembly of Delegates, Michaela Fritz, Vice Rector for Research and Innovation at the Medical University of Vienna, was elected as the new Chairperson. Horst Bischof, Vice Rector for Research at the Graz University of Technology, was elected as her deputy.

“I would like to thank my colleagues at the Assembly of Delegates for their confidence in my ability to fulfil this role,” said Michaela Fritz in a first reaction, and she continued: “I consider the Assembly to be both an important sparring partner for the FWF Executive Board and its strategic orientation, and an essential supporting agent in expressing to policy-makers the concerns of the Austrian scientific community and the research institutions we represent in a committed and constructive manner.”

“My heartfelt congratulations go to Michaela Fritz and Horst Bischof on their election and I look forward to our cooperation to ensure that Austria prospers as a country of research in the coming years,” said FWF President Klement Tockner. “At the same time, I would like to thank Josef Glößl for his excellent chairmanship and cooperation during the Assembly’s most recent term. I would also like to thank his deputy Christine Bandtlow and those members of the Assembly of Delegates whose term has now ended,” concluded Tockner.

FWF Assembly of Delegates

The Assembly of Delegates consists of representatives of universities and extramural research institutions. With the same status as the representatives of the Ministry of Science and Research (BMBWF) and the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), the FWF Executive Board belongs to the Assembly as a non-voting member.

The central tasks of the Assembly of Delegates include

  • electing four members of the Supervisory Board;
  • proposing a short-list of three candidates for the function of President of the FWF;
  • approving the FWF's annual report;
  • submitting opinions on the FWF's work  schedule and multi-year programmes and the guidelines for the FWF’s research support programmes; and selecting the FWF Reporters and determining the relevant scientific disciplines.

FWF Assembly of Delegates, 6th term of office (2019-2023)



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