President, Eurac Research

Roland Psenner has his origins in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, and is the president of Eurac Research since 2015.

As researcher and professor at the University of Innsbruck and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, he specialised in microbiology, limnology and biochemistry.
He was professor of limnology at the University of Innsbruck and has studied the aquatic microorganisms of and global change effects on most alpine lakes (and others worldwide).
Which not only attributed him an h=63 index but allowed him also to get familiar with several EU-Framework programmes.

He acted as president of the International Scientific Committee of Alpine Research (ISCAR), as president of the national committee “Global Change” of the
Austrian Academy of Sciences and served as dean of the faculty of biology as well vice-rector of the University of Innsbruck. He was awarded the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art (Österreichisches Ehrenzeichen für Wissenschaft und Kunst erster Klasse).

As professor emeritus, he is vice president of the university council of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, and member of the council of the University of Applied Sciences in Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany.

As president of Eurac Research, he is working on the continuous improvement of the regional research and innovation ecosystem and the impact of research on society and economy.