In 1996, Jürgen Mlynek decided to enter the field of research management as Vice-President of the German Research Association. He became President of the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2000 and turned it into one of Germany’s leading universities. Since 2005, Professor Mlynek has been President of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres, Germany’s biggest science organization. His unanimous re-election for a second term was announced in May 2009. Professor Mlynek is also a member of the Industry-Science Research Alliance.
Professor Mlynek has received a number of scientific awards, including the Physics Award of the German Physical Society and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the German Research Association. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Land of Berlin in 2008.