In recognition of his outstanding national and international commitment and his achievements at the interface between science, business and politics, President Joachim Gauck awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Professor Manfred Hennecke on 15.07.2014. In acknowledgment of his achievements, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel today presented the award in person to the former President of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM, 2002-2013).
Federal Minister Gabriel said, "With great personal commitment, Prof. Hennecke has developed the Federal Institute for Materials Research into a leading research institution in the field of safety in technology and chemistry in Europe and worldwide, and significantly strengthened its international relationships with similar institutions. Prof. Hennecke was also very active in scientific committees and associations in the field of quality infrastructure. He has made an important contribution to establishing the worldwide reputation of German technologies and products as meeting the highest safety requirements and to establishing "Made in Germany" as a mark of excellence.
On the board of acatech, Prof. Hennecke consults on policy issues with regard to technology innovation and at Stiftung Warentest he works on consumer protection enhancements. As a Vice President in the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN) he promotes further strengthening of ties between research and standardisation.
Federal Minister Gabriel praised the excellent cooperation of Prof. Hennecke with the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. As examples he cited accreditation (examination of verifiers) and the development of departmental research. Prof. Hennecke has always been a competent partner for politics and business in discussions about the role and responsibilities of departmental research facilities. During his presidency the BAM has performed outstandingly in all evaluations and has often played a pioneering role in the development of departmental research, for example in supporting young scientists and networking with universities.