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Gert Wörheide elected to the Leibniz-Sozietät


Marine geobiologist and palaeontologist Professor Gert Wörheide has been elected to the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, one of the oldest scientific societies in the world. Wörheide holds the Chair of Paleontology and Geobiology at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at LMU and is the spokesperson for its GeoBio-Center. He is also Director of the Bavarian State Collection of Paleontology and Geology and the Munich Paleontological Museum. One focus of his research is on the biodiversity and evolution of marine organisms, in particular sponges (Porifera). He investigates these using modern molecular biological methods.


Professor Gert Wörheide | © LMU 

The Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, to which Gert Wörheide was elected in May, follows in the tradition of the Churfürstliche Brandenburgische Societät der Wissenschaften founded by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in 1700. Today, the Society works as an interdisciplinary association of scientists and aims to promote the humane use of science. The aim is for the natural, technical, social and human sciences to work together and for theory and practice to be combined. The non-partisan association currently has more than 300 members.