Director of the Federal Forest Research Centre
Since 1984, Friedrich Ruhm has been the Head of the Federal Forest Research Centre. Ruhm was born in 1936, in Oberndorf, Lower Austria. He attended a Millers' Technical College, holds a Certificate from a Technical College for General Engineering and Agricultural Machines and a university degree (MSc) in forestry from the University of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources in Vienna. During 1966 - 1970, Friedrich Ruhm worked as a researcher with the International Atomic Agency in Vienna; in 1971 he began his activity at the Institute of Torrent and Avalanche Research of the Federal Forest Research Centre (FBVA). In 1976, he was called to the headquarters, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and three years later returned to the Federal Forest Research Centre as administrative head of the FBVA. In 1984, Friedrich Ruhm was appointed Scientific Director of the Federal Forest Research Centre
Regarding his current position, Director Ruhm indicates two top priorities: streamlining the management and working schedule of the Centre and emphasizing the traditional tasks of forest research with which the Federal Forest Research Centre was charged under the Austrian Forest Act 1975.