Joint managing director for FAIR and GSI
FAIR and GSI growing together
The graduate administrator and lawyer Ursula Weyrich has been appointed as the joint administrative managing director of FAIR GmbH and GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research GmbH. Today she succeeds the administrative managing director of FAIR, Professor Günther Rosner, and the commercial managing director ad interim of GSI, Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Henschel. As the joint managing director of FAIR and GSI she will above all advance the merger of the two institutions, which is planned for the coming year. Professor Rosner is remaining at FAIR as the Research Director. Dr. Henschel will again devote his time in full to his tasks as the Divisional Head Controlling and Organization.
Ursula Weyrich is moving to FAIR and GSI from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the Helmholtz Association (DZNE) in Bonn, where she has been active as an administrative board member since 2009.
Ursula Weyrich studied administrative and industrial management and law in Wiesbaden, Mainz and Clermont-Ferrand in France, completing her legal training in 1998 with the bar examination. She initially worked as a lawyer, focusing on labor, corporate and tax law, before moving to Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as policy officer. There she was responsible, among other things, for the merger of the GMD Research Center Information Technology with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. After a period as the personal assistant to the permanent secretary at the BMBF, in 2006 she became the BMBF head of division, and thus responsible for the Helmholtz Centers in Jülich and Karlsruhe, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), and for nuclear research. Part of her responsibilities also included accompanying the merger of the University of Karlsruhe with the Research Center Karlsruhe to form the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Ursula Weyrich is married and has two children.