Dr. Josef Schweinzer
Administrative Director of Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
Dr. habil. Josef Schweinzer was born in 1962 in Vienna/Austria and, after having studied physics and obtained a doctorate at the Vienna University of Technology, joined the IPP as an experimental physicist carrying out research at the ASDEX Upgrade fusion device in Garching. In 1999 he was seconded to the European joint experiment JET (Joint European Torus) in Culham/Great Britain. Researchers from all over Europe carry out experiments on this fusion device, which is currently the largest in the world.
In 2002, after having qualified as professor in the field of experimental physics at the Vienna University of Technology, Josef Schweinzer returned to the IPP in Garching. Here he led the JET Participation Project. In addition to scientific work undertaken at JET and the ASDEX Upgrade – where he developed plasma scenarios for the international test reactor ITER – he also carried out management tasks: he coordinated the IPP research campaigns at JET; he was also responsible for the investment planning for the ASDEX Upgrade and organised the research projects of European partners at the device in Garching. On 1 July 2014 Josef Schweinzer was appointed Administrative Director of IPP.