Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Parzinger
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Parzinger has held the office of President of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) since 2008. Consisting of 27 museums, libraries, archives, and research institutions, the SPK is the second-largest cultural institution in the world. Its collections include all areas of cultural tradition: from archeological and ethnological objects, to the visual arts, literature and music. As president of the SPK, Parzinger is in charge of two major cultural projects: The renovation of the world-famous Museum Island and the realization of the Humboldt-Forum in the reconstructed Berlin Palace. Prof. Parzinger has conducted 30 years of field research in many European countries as well as in the Near East and in Central Asia. Before joining SPK he was an Assistant Professor at Munich University (1986-90), Director (1990-2003) and President (2003-2008) of the German Archaeological Institute. In 1996 has was appointed Honorary Professor at Free University in Berlin. Parzinger has received many awards, among them the Leibniz Prize, the highest scientific award in Germany. He holds several international Honorary Doctoral degrees, is a member of Academies of Sciences in Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Rumania, Russia, China and the USA and has received decorations from Germany, Russia and Italy. He has been Executive President of Europa Nostra since 2018.
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