Dr. Roland Langfeld of Schott has been named as the new Chairman of the DGM (German Society of Material Science).

The Schott Research Fellow (pictured) will serve as head of the DGM for two years.

The designated Chairman will focus on supporting young researchers in technical and scientific disciplines, and achieving even stronger international networking between science and industry.

“I am really looking forward to the challenging task of serving as Chairman of the DGM”, noted Dr. Langfeld.

“It’s important to optimise the structures in order to make the organisation more international, and bundle scientific expertise more effectively than in the past, and thus make it more accessible to the industry,” he explained.

Dr. Langfeld studied physics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main in the 1970s, where he wrote his dissertation at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, and then worked as a research assistant.

He joined Schott in 1988 where he held various positions in the field of research.

From 1998 to 2009, he was Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology Development.

Since 2009, he has been a Research Fellow at Schott, one of the leading technology groups in the fields of specialty glass and glass-ceramics.

The DGM is considered to be Europe's largest technical and scientific society in the field of material science and technology.

With its interdisciplinary expert committees, events and training courses, the society promotes the dialogue between science and industry.

The DGM consists of 2,500 individual members and roughly 200 member companies and institutions.