Roland Langfeld (58) will officially take office as Chairman of the German Society of Material Science e.V. (DGM) on February 19, 2015. The Research Fellow for the technology group and specialty glass manufacturer SCHOTT in Mainz will serve as head of the DGM for two years. The designated Chairman feels his main priorities will be to support young researchers in technical and scientific disciplines and to achieve even stronger international networking between science and industry.
“I am really looking forward to the challenging task of serving as Chairman of the DGM because it’s important to optimize the structures in order to make the organization more international and bundle scientific expertise more effectively than in the past and thus make it more accessible to the industry,” the graduate physicist explained. Dr. Roland Langfeld studied physics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main in the 1970s, where he wrote his dissertation at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, and then worked as a research assistant. He joined SCHOTT in 1988 where he held various positions in the field of research. From 1998 to 2009, he was Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology Development. Since 2009, he has been a Research Fellow at SCHOTT, one of the leading technology groups in the fields of specialty glass and glass-ceramics.
The DGM is considered to be Europe's largest technical and scientific society in the field of material science and technology. With its interdisciplinary expert committees, events and training courses, the society promotes the dialogue between science and industry. The society that has its headquarters in Frankfurt strives to ensure national as well as international networking of experts, organizes conferences and exhibitions across Europe and includes the younger generation in its activities.
The DGM consists of 2,500 individual members and roughly 200 member companies and institutions.
SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of 1.87 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment. www.schott.com