Prof. dr. Martin Paul

President Maastricht University

Prof. dr. Martin Paul studied medicine at Heidelberg University in Germany and did his thesis work in pharmacology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Following his graduation from medical school in 1986 he was employed as a research fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Harvard University and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

After his return to Germany in 1990 he was appointed as university lecturer in Pharmacology at Heidelberg University. In 1994 he moved as a research group leader to the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin-Buch and in 1995 he became Full Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU).

In 1997 he was appointed Director of the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the FU, a position he held until 2008. In addition, from 1997 to 2003 he was Dean of the Medical Faculty of the FU and from 2004 to 2008 Dean and Vice President of the Executive Board of the Medical Faculty of the Charité Medical Center in Berlin, the joint medical school of the Freie Universität and Humboldt University in Berlin.

Prof. dr. Martin Paul has authored more than 200 research papers in the fields of molecular medicine, clinical and experimental pharmacology and cardiovascular disease. He has been active in several professional organizations, for example as president of German Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (DGPT) and as Chairman of the European Council for Cardiovascular Research (ECCR).

Apart from his career as a scientist and educator, Prof. dr. Martin Paul has worked actively to professionalise academic management on the European level. In this context he has acted as chair of DEAN, an interdisciplinary European Network of deans and academic managers. Also, he has been serving on the board of ESMU, the European Center for Strategic Management of Universities. Currently, he is an elected member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI).

He was appointed President of Maastricht University on 1 May 2011.




  Joke Bierhoff
   + 31 43 38 83153
   Joke Bierhoff

   Linda van Engelshoven
   + 31 43 38 82746
   Linda van Engelshoven

Additional positions prof. dr. Martin Paul

Related to the position as President Maastricht University

  • Chair WUN (Worldwide Universities Network)

  • Vice-chair YERUN (Young European Universities Network)

  • Vice-chairman, University Fund Limburg | SWOL

  • Member Board of Trustees, Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus B.V.

  • Chair Steering Committee, Topsector Life Sciences and Health (LSH)

  • Member Advisory Board NUFFIC

  • Columnist, Dagblad De Limburger



Related to the position of professorship and as expert in the field of medical Research/Education and Valorisation

  • Chairman International Advisory Board Comprehensive Heart Failure Center, Würzburg
  • Member Supervisory Board Universitätsklinikum, Münster
  • Editor of Druckpunkt (German scientific magazine)
  • Member of the National Science Council of Austria and chairman Medical Commission

  • Member Board of Experts, National Science Council Germany

Scientific publications

Scientific publicatioins by
Prof. dr. Martin Paul.

Publications & speeches

Speech opening academic year 2015-2016,
Prof. dr. Martin Paul, September 2015, Pdf


 'The Quest for Quality'
Speech opening academic year 2014-2015,
Prof.dr. Martin Paul, September 2014, Pdf.


 'Is Humbold dead?'
Speech opening academic year 2013-2014,
Prof.dr. Martin Paul, September 2013, Pdf.


 'The value(s) of Knowledge'
Speech opening academic year 2012/2013,
Prof.dr Martin Paul, September 2012, Pdf.


 'The future of Maastricht University:
four weddings and a funeral'

Speech opening academic year 2011/2012,
Prof.dr Martin Paul, September 2011, Pdf.


 New Year's speech 
Thursday 5 January 2012, Pdf)

 'Moving beyond the Bologna process:
Europe as one higher-education space'
The Guardian (Wednesday 9 November 2011)

 'Wennen aan bijpraten'  
Read more about the new president of the Executive Board of Maastricht University
in this Science Guide article. (11 May 2011, only in Dutch)

 'The dean as an academic manager
the phantom of the opera?'

Inaugural lecture, Prof.dr Martin Paul,
Maastricht 27 November 2009, Pdf.