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Recent Press Releases
Everyone knows them, and one in five smokers tries them: E-cigarettes in Germany
Almost everybody in Germany knows what e-cigarettes are, and almost 10 percent of 16-to-19-year-olds have tried them – about the same rate as tobacco smokers in this age group. Interest in e-cigarettes is particularly high among smokers: About 25 percent of smokers between the ages of 16 and 39 years have tried them at least once. Even so, fewer than one percent of smokers are regular users of e-cigarettes. In 2014, e-cigarettes have been used less frequently as a means of quitting smoking than other nicotine replacement products, and only 0.2 percent of former smokers stated that they used e-cigarettes to quit smoking. These are the results of a survey conducted by the Society for Consumer Research (GfK) under a commission by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), now summarized in two publications.
DKFZ Chairman and Director Otmar D. Wiestler has been elected Helmholtz President
The Senate of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers has unanimously elected Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Otmar D. Wiestler, Chairman of the Management Board and Scientific Director of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), to become the next President of the Helmholtz Association. The Senate followed a unanimous proposal submitted by the Assembly of Members on September 17, 2014. The new President’s term of office will start on September 1, 2015. The current Helmholtz President, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mlynek, came into office in 2005 and will resign after two terms of office, in accordance with the Statutes.
Red carpet for Stefan Hell at the DKFZ
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, about 500 employees of the DKFZ in Heidelberg celebrated “their” Nobel Prize winner, Professor Stefan Hell. In attendance were Theresia Bauer, the Minister of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Helmholtz Association President Jürgen Mlynek, and Heidelberg’s Mayor Dr. Eckart Würzner. Hell received two valuable presents from two Directors of the DKFZ, Professor Otmar D. Wiestler and Professor Josef Puchta: A gift certificate for a portrait to be painted by an artist of his choice and the promise of five years of funding for a junior research group that will be named after the Nobel Prize winner.