Christian Franz Josef Patermann print  
Christian Patermann was born in Gliwice, Upper Silesia, in 1942. Following his High School years he studied Law, Economics and Languages in Germany (Freiburg, M√ľnchen, Bonn), Switzerland (Lausanne, Geneva) and Spain (Santander) and completed his Doctoral Thesis in Law at the University of Bonn in 1969. He entered the German public service in 1971 by joining the Federal Ministry of Science and Education, Bonn. A few years later he became, for the next 5 years, Science Counsellor at the German Embassy in Washington D.C., USA. He then returned to the Ministry of Research and Technology, where he held many positions, among them Director of Cabinet of the German Federal Minister of Research and Technology Dr. H. Riesenhuber: In 1993 he became Deputy Director-General of the Ministry. In 1996 he went to Brussels to be the Programme Director for Environment Research at the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission, where he conceived and implemented the 4th, 5th and 6th RTD Framework Programmes of the EU in this field. He was also Vice-President of the Steering Committee of IGFA (International Group of Funding Agencies in Global Change) and elected Member of the START Scientific Committee.
Since January 2004 he is Programme Director for Biotechnology, Agriculture & Food Research at the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission. He is an enthusiastic Jazz musician and promotes also modern art as a Member of the Board of the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn.