German chancellor to speak at Stanford on April 15

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be at Stanford on April 15 to talk about the roles that science and technology play in solving global challenges.

Her speech, which will be delivered at 2:30 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, will be followed by a question-and-answer session. 

The event is free and open to Stanford students, faculty and staff. Tickets are required and will be available next week at the Stanford Ticket Office in Tresidder Union.

Following Merkel's talk, she will be on hand for a dedication of the building housing Stanford's Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab. The lab and some of the research done there has been funded with a $5.75 million donation from VW to help university researchers focus on vehicle safety, environmental improvements and autonomous driving.

For the past six years, Stanford faculty and students have collaborated with   engineers at the Volkswagen Group of America Electronics Research Lab in Palo Alto to build a series of robotic vehicles including Shelley, the autonomous car slated to race the roads of Colorado's Pikes Peak later this year.

"We're so honored that the chancellor has decided to spend time at Stanford and address our community," said Jeff Wachtel, senior assistant to Stanford President John Hennessy.

Merkel, 55, earned a doctorate in physics and worked as a chemist at a scientific academy in East Berlin. She became Germany's first female chancellor when she took office in 2005. In 2007, she was president of the European Council and chaired the G-8. She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders and received the Charlemagne Prize – one of the most prestigious European prizes – in 2008 for her work to reform the European Union.