Rolf Heuer is the Chair of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (SAM-HLG) which provides independent and high quality scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners.
Prof. Heuer is an experimental particle physicist and has been CERN Director-General from 2009 to 2015. His mandate is characterised by the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) 2009 as well as its energy increase 2015, the discovery of the H-Boson and the geographical enlargement of CERN Membership. He also actively engaged CERN in promoting the importance of science and STEM education for the sustainable development of the society.
From April 2016 until April 2018, he was the President of the German Physical Society (DPG), and is now its Vice-President. He is President of the Council of SESAME.
Prof. Heuer has published over 500 scientific papers and holds many Honorary Degrees from universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. He is Member of several Academies of Sciences in Europe, in particular of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Honorary Member of the European Physical Society. He received the Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur by the French Republic.