Co-Chair, IAP for Science
Ex Officio Member, IAP for Research Board
Volker ter Meulen studied medicine in Münster, Innsbruck (Austria), Kiel and Göttingen, received a training in virology at the University of Philadelphia, USA, and in paediatrics at the University Hospital of Göttingen. In 1975 he became Chairman at the Institute of Virology and Immunobiology, University of Würzburg. His major research investigations have been directed towards the study of the etiology and pathogenesis of persistent virus infections with particular emphasis of the central nervous system. He was twice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Würzburg and due to the recognition of his research achievements and his experiences to head a Medical Faculty successfully, ter Meulen has served as a member of many national and international committees giving scientific advice to policy makers and society. From 2003 – 2010, ter Meulen was President of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. From 2007 – 2010, he served as president of the European Academies of Science Advisory Council (EASAC).