Federal Council appoints Christian Rüegg as Director of the PSI for a further term of office

On 8 December, the Federal Council appointed Christian Rüegg as Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI for a further four years from 1 April 2024. The PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland. There is great demand worldwide for the use of its research facilities.

Mr Rüegg led the launching of the pioneering SLS 2.0 conversion project of the Swiss Light Source SLS. Together with partners in the ETH Domain, Mr Rüegg has also strengthened the structure of research in data sciences, the simulation of materials and in the field of artificial intelligence through a new PSI research area. He is a member of the ETH Board, where he represents the four research institutes, PSI, WSL, Empa and EAWAG.

Mr Rüegg is a solid-state physicist and works on quantum phenomena in magnetism. He has received prestigious scientific awards for his work, including the Erwin Felix Lewy-Bertaut Prize and the Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize, as well as an ERC Consolidator Grant. He has played a decisive role in shaping the use and further development of instrumentation at the Swiss Neutron Source SINQ and at the European sources ILL and ESS, and represents the research field on numerous international committees. Mr Rüegg is also involved with the PSI in national initiatives to promote innovation such as Park Innovaare, Technopark Aargau and Switzerland Innovation.

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