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New University Council

(Vienna, 19th March 2013) The University Council of the Medical University of Vienna, which will hold office from 2013 to 2018, was elected yesterday. The five-strong committee is made up of Erhard Busek, the former Vice-Chancellor and Austrian Minister of Science and Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Elisabeth Hagen, the Managing Director of the Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies, Veronika Sexl, Chairwoman of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the former President of the Austrian Medical Association Walter Dorner and Robert Schwarcz, a neuroscientist from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA.

Bild v.l.n.r.: Walter Dorner, Elisabeth Hagen, Erhard Busek, Veronika Sexl, Robert Schwarcz

Erhard Busek and Elisabeth Hagen, both nominated by the Federal Government, were already Council members at the MedUni Vienna during the preceding period. The Senate of the Medical University of Vienna nominated two new members of the Council: former MedUni Vienna Professor Veronika Sexl and Walter Dorner, who was President of the Austrian Medical Association until 2012.

In the constituent meeting on 18.03.2013, the four University Council members who had already been appointed elected neuroscientist Robert Schwarcz to the committee. Schwarcz, like Busek and Hagen, had already been a member of the MedUni Vienna’s University Council in the preceding period. The University Council elected Erhard Busek as its Chairman, a role he has held since 2008. The Deputy Chairwoman is Elisabeth Hagen.