Press Release | 02-09-2021

Thomas Schröder is the new Executive Board Spokesman of FVB

The Director of the IKZ wants to promote digitalization, internationalization, equality and climate neutrality at Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Schröder. Credit: © IKZ / Tina Merkau

Professor Thomas Schröder, Director of the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ), is the new Executive Board Spokesman of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB) as of September 1, 2021. The term of office is two years. Deputy Executive Board Spokesman is Professor Stefan Eisebitt, Director at the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI).

As Executive Board Spokesperson, Thomas Schröder represents the common and general interests of FVB across all institutes, setting priorities in the process. “Digitalization, internationalization and equality are issues that I shall vigorously pursue during my time as Executive Board Spokesperson. Another goal is to achieve a climate-neutral FVB – we must address this issue and make our buildings energy-efficient. This is a major political goal that FVB will need to address together with its awarding authorities – the state and federal governments,” he explained.

FVB is one of Berlin’s largest non-university research institutions. It comprises seven institutes in the fields of natural, engineering, life and environmental sciences. The institutes under the umbrella of the Forschungsverbund Berlin are members of the Leibniz Association, and are funded jointly by the German federation and the federal states. FVB provides its seven institutes with a Joint Administration, creating key synergies in administration and governance, as well as a platform for academic exchange.


About Thomas Schröder

Thomas Schröder has been the Director of the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung and professor in the field of Crystal Growth at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2018. Shortly after joining the institute in 2018, he ensured the successful evaluation of the IKZ by the Leibniz Association. Since then, he has continued to lead the institute strategically with a view to future scientific and technological challenges. The aim is to close a major innovation gap in the field of innovative crystalline materials for future applications in electronics and photonics by means of enhanced prototype research and development

Previously, Thomas Schröder was head of the Materials Research Department at IHP – Leibniz Institute for Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics in Frankfurt (Oder) and professor in semiconductor materials at the Brandenburg Technical University (BTU) Cottbus-Senfenberg. Together with his team, he conducted research and development on modern materials research in the field of “More than Moore” silicon microelectronics. Through intensive project and publication activities, Thomas Schröder succeeded in leading the IHP materials research to an international top position.


Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin

Anja Wirsing
FVB Press Office


Published: Adlershof Journal, September 2, 2021



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