Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl is the new Administrative Director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition, DIfE

On 1 November, HZB’s longstanding head of "Facility Management" and security chief, Dr. Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl, moved to the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam. The HZB management congratulates Ms. Schröder-Smeibidl on her new post.

“We sincerely thank Ms. Schröder-Smeibidl for her tireless dedication and her great support, among other things, on realising major construction projects at HZB. The German Institute of Human Nutrition is gaining a highly experienced expert in construction law and administration,” says the commercial director of HZB, Thomas Frederking.

“Ms. Schröder-Smeibidl has always been personally committed to best meeting the scientists’ highly complex demands on the infrastructure,” stresses the scientific director of HZB, Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla.

“I am very much looking forward to the job, and will devote myself to DIfE with all my energy and commitment, to maintain the optimum working and research conditions at the institute,” Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl says upon taking her new post. She worked at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, or formerly the Hahn-Meitner-Institut, for 23 years.  

The physicist from Bayreuth earned her doctorate in the field of solid-state physics in 1992 and worked as a research assistant in the Research Training Group ‘Materials and Phenomena at Very Low Temperatures’ at the University of Bayreuth. In September 1993, she moved to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, where she was stationed at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin (HMI). Starting in 1995, she worked as a full-time researcher at the HMI. In 1997, she then joined the scientific management, acting among other things as Personal Assistant of the Scientific Director. Following this, she held various managerial positions in the central infrastructure before becoming head of the “Safety and Environmental Protection” section in 2006. From 2008, she concurrently headed the “Facility Management” department. She was an authorised representative of HZB since 2010.

Ms. Schröder-Smeibidl deserves particular recognition for her management of major construction projects. Among other achievements, she and her team made the EMIL laboratory extension of BESSY II a reality, and she was the client’s representative for the experimental hall bERLinPro, a highly structurally and technically complex project. She also dedicated herself to the sustainable, energy-efficient advancement of the two HZB locations.

Another of her special interests was interdisciplinary cooperation with art historians. From 1999 to 2008, she supervised non-destructive investigations of paintings with neutrons (autoradiography) at the research reactor BER II and established a highly successful cooperative partnership with the Berlin Gemäldegalerie.