Dr. Katharina Stummeyer is the new Administrative Managing Director of GSI and FAIR


The science manager and biochemist Dr. Katharina Stummeyer has taken up the position of the Administrative Managing Director of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH) on 1 June 2024. She previously has been head of the project management agency of the Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH. Dr. Katharina Stummeyer succeeds Dr. Ulrich Breuer, who took over the position of chancellor at the Goethe University Frankfurt, and Markus Jaeger, who was most recently in charge of Administrative Management on an interim basis.

“Based on the great successes of GSI, FAIR is one of the most ambitious research projects in the world and will enable thousands of scientists to conduct cutting-edge research for decades to come. I am looking forward to taking on a responsible role in this unique project. In particular, I would like to contribute my professional experience in the administrative management of publicly funded large-scale projects,” says Dr. Katharina Stummeyer.

Dr. Katharina Stummeyer studied biochemistry at the Leibniz University Hannover and graduated with a PhD from the Institute of Cellular Chemistry at Hannover Medical School. She gained extensive experience in national and international science management. Her professional career began as a researcher in structural biology at the Hannover Medical School.

In 2009, she moved to Cologne as an expert at the project management agency of the Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS). She was initially responsible for initiating and managing national and international research projects as part of federal project funding. Since 2013, she has been head of the GRS project management agency. In this position, Dr. Stummeyer was responsible for the technical and administrative implementation of federal research and innovation funding programs. Another focus of her work was project support and controlling for the funding body of publicly funded large-scale projects.

Dr Katharina Stummeyer has contributed her expertise to various national and international expert committees on topics such as the promotion of young talent, gender equality and nuclear safety. She has extensive experience in the management of international research collaborations, chaired the management boards of multilateral research projects, and has supported and advised various federal ministries on international cooperation. (IP/BP)