Georg Botz

FORCE11 Member since June 26, 2020
  • Organization/Institution: Max Planck Society
  • ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5883-306X


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Georg Botz studied physics in Bielefeld and Heidelberg and received his Ph.D. from Heidelberg University for a thesis in the field of theoretical particle physics. After working in the publishing industry, he joined the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society in 2004 where he is in charge of Open Access (OA) policy issues. His acquaintance with the topic goes back as far as 2002 when he, then a member of the Executive Board of the German Physical Society, was deeply involved in establishing the ‘New Journal of Physics’. From the very beginning, Georg was involved, too, in the planning and the implementation of eLife, the OA journal founded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), the Wellcome Trust (UK) and the Max Planck Society. Starting back in 2004, Georg Botz was in charge of organising several ‘Berlin Open Access’ conferences and initiated the first OA conference for students and early career researchers which took place in Berlin in 2013. Last, but not least, Georg Botz chairs the Open Access working group of Science Europe.