On the 7th of July, Professor Karin Jacobs was elected as one of four new Vice Presidents of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The appointment of Prof Jacobs coincided with the departure of a fellow AcademiaNet member from the Vice Presidency, the mathematician Professor Marlis Hochbruck.
Prof Karin Jacobs is currently based at Saarland University in Germany, where she leads a research group exploring condensed matter physics, specifically thin films, adhesion and fluid flow at the microscopic solid-liquid interface. For these purposes she uses techniques such as atomic force microscopy and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy. Some of her current projects look at fluoridation of tooth enamel, the properties of so-called ‘white graphene,’ as well as bacterial adhesion.
Outside of research, Prof Jacobs takes an active part in public life. She’s part of the Scientists for Future movement that fights against global warming, and she’s a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities, currently chairing its Evaluation Commission and sitting on an expert panel for its Excellence Strategy.
In terms of DFG, she’s previously been a member of the DFG Senate Committee for Collaborative Research Centres, a coordinator of a DFG Priority Programme and a member of a DFG review board in her field.
With her appointment, Prof Jacobs joins three other AcademiaNet members on DFG’s Executive Committee: English literature scholar Professor Julika Griem and computer scientist Professor Kerstin Schill, as well as the DFG President Professor Katja Becker, a biochemist. (© AcademiaNet)