Prof. Dr. Post appointed to German Council of Science and Humanities

Federal President chooses Head of Applied Research for three-year term 

Prof. Dr. Post

Prof. Dr. Peter Post, Head of Applied Research, has been appointed to the German Council of Science and Humanities by Federal President Joachim Gauck on the joint recommendation of the German Federal Government and the state governments in January 2017. This scientific body advises the Federal Government and the governments of the various states on the development of the universities and of scientific and research activities. He will now already be taking up his three-year term of office on 1st February.

With this new appointment, Prof. Post will be one of eight public figures appointed to the committee on the joint recommendation of the German Federal Government and the state governments, and one of 32 members of the Scientific Commission. The German Council of Science and Humanities is one of the country’s most important scientific advisory bodies. It gives the Federal Government and the state governments recommendations for the development of science, research and university education in terms of both content and structure, and helps secure the international competitiveness of scientific activity.

Prof. Post – his career

Prof. Dr. Peter Post set out on his professional career by training to become a toolmaker. He then studied General Mechanical Engineering at the University of Siegen, where he became a Doctor of Engineering at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Control Technology. Since 1989 he has been active in various research and development functions at Festo AG & Co. KG in Esslingen, currently as Head of Applied Research.

In 2010 he received the German Future Prize of the Federal President for his work in developing the Bionic Handling Assistant. The Esslingen University of Applied Sciences bestowed the title of Honorary Professor on Dr. Peter Post in 2012. The 57-year-old engineer is also active in various networks and clusters of production-related industrial research, including regional (e.g. microTEC Südwest), nationwide (e.g. “Plattform Industrie 4.0”) and European networks (Manufuture, EFFRA).

Prof. Dr. Post (second from the right) at the award ceremony of the German Future Prize (‘Deutscher Zukunftspreis’) in 2010.
Prof. Dr. Post (second from the right) at the award ceremony of the German Future Prize (‘Deutscher Zukunftspreis’) in 2010.