Matthias Kleiner is the President of the Leibniz Association since 2014. Before taking on this role, he was the President of the German Research Foundation. He has an instrumental role in a number of international and interdisciplinary research projects and research networks. Furthermore, he is the member of numerous international committees and academies. He co-chaired the German „Ethics Commission for a Safe Energy Supply” in 2011. While working as a Professor of Forming Technology in the Chair in Design and Manufacturing at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus, he received the DFG’s Leibniz Prize.