The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) congratulates Heinz Faßmann, recently elected president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. President Faßmann, who assumes office on 1. July, has stressed the significance of building on the Academy’s heritage of excellence by seizing opportunities in the European Research Area. We aspire to contribute to this vision through our work at IMBA. For more information about this announcement (in German), please visit the Academy's website.