Career News

Marietta Auer elected as new Vice President of the DFG

22.7.2022 | She joins four other AcademiaNet members on DFG’s Executive Committee, incl. DFG President Katja Becker
Mariatta Auer
Bild vergrößern
Mariatta Auer
The legal scholar and expert on private law Professor Marietta Auer has been elected Vice President of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The election took place at the foundation’s meeting on June 29th 2022. She is now one of nine Vice Presidents on the Executive Committee, the DFG’s governing body.

Prof Auer is the Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt am Main, as well as a professor at the University of Gießen. Her work focusses on the foundations of private law – the kind of law that deals with relationships between people, as opposed to between people and the state – as well as the philosophy and sociology of the ideas that underpin it.

Earlier this year, she was awarded the 2022 DFG’s Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for her work on legal theory and in particular her ‘ground-breaking’ doctoral thesis, which laid bare several tensions within legal theory.
  (© Emilie Steinmark / AcademiaNet /

More information


  1. Read what our members say about AcademiaNet.

Follow us


  1. Michaela Raggam-Blesch awarded the Leon Zelman Prize in Vienna

    The historian is honoured for her work documenting and remembering the Holocaust and ‘giving victims a voice’

  2. Four AcademiaNet members secure funding from the Swedish Brain Foundation

    Their projects cover Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, depression and neonatal brain development

  3. Ursula Keller has won the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist, known as the ‘Swiss Nobel Prize’

    The physicist is honoured for her work on ultrafast lasers, including systems now used in manufacturing, communications technology and surgery

  4. Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser receives Croonian Medal and Lecture from the Royal Society

    She was chosen for her ground-breaking work on plant hormones and her dedication to gender equality in science

  5. Agneta Nordberg receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alzheimer’s Association

    The neuroscientist is known for her ground-breaking work on amyloid PET imaging and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine

Academia Net