New Head for Research with Photons Division – Edgar Weckert appointed acting director at DESY

In the meeting of 6 December, the DESY Administrative Council has approved the appointment of Prof. Edgar Weckert as acting director for the research with photons division. Edgar Weckert takes over the leadership of this sector from Prof. Jochen R. Schneider, who goes into retirement at the end of this year and will work at SLAC in California.

Edgar Weckert (47) studied materials sciences at the University of Erlangen and habilitated in crystallography. In May 2000, he went to DESY as a senior fellow and first collaborated in the XFEL Technical Design Report and later took over an important role in the one for PETRA III. In 2004, he assumed the leadership of the PETRA III project.