MissionProfessor Hans Peter Hertig is an associate member of the Centre for Area and Cultural Studies. He established the centre and was its director until November 2012. He is in charge of the project Local Knowledge Global Science, the introductory course on Switzerland and parts of the Lausanne Summer School organized in the framework of the Centres Minor in Area and Cultural Studies.
Hans Peter Hertig is an expert on science policy, cross-disciplinary programming and cultural exchange. As Director of the Swiss National Science Foundation, he introduced several new funding schemes among them the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) -, and launched a major reorganization of the structures and procedures of the institution. Professor Hertig has served in numerous national and international bodies in charge of science policy matters, including the Swiss Science Council and the Governing Council of the European Science Foundation.