Helmut SCHOBER

Director
Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) - France

Biography

Prof Dr Helmut Schober was appointed Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), the world’s leading research centre for research using neutron beams, in October 2016. He joined the ILL in 1994. Head of the Time-of Flight – High Resolution Group, he became Science Director and German Associate Director in 2011.
He studied physics at the University of Regensburg, before going on to the University of Colorado in Boulder (USA) and specialising in the spectroscopy of molecular systems. He later carried out research at the University of Mainz and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe before joining the ILL. His research has focused on fullerenes, the dynamics of liquids and glasses and on neutron instrumentation.
Helmut is Associate Professor at University Grenoble Alpes, having previously taught as visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich. He is a former chair of the German Committee for Research with Neutrons (KFN) and was the coordinator of the European Neutron and Muon Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (NMI3) from 2009-2013. He has been chair of the technisch wissenschaftlicher Beirat of the Helmholtz Institute Geesthacht, Germany, since 2014. In spring 2019, he accepted the nomination as chair of LENS Initiative (League of advanced European Neutron Sources).