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Tobias Welte is Professor of Pulmonary Medicine and Director of the Department of Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases at Hannover University School of Medicine, Hannover, Germany. He received his doctorate in respiratory medicine from Hannover University in 1994 and his habilitation in 2000. Previously, Professor Welte held the position of Professor of Pneumology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Magdeburg, Germany, and was also a specialist in infectious diseases at that institution.

Professor Welte was previously Head of the Respiratory Intensive Care Assembly and has been a member of the ERS Executive Committee. He is the Past President of the German Society of Pneumology and the Vice President of the German Society of Sepsis and has been previously the President of the German Society of Internal Intensive Care (DGIN). He also serves on the executive board of the German Society of Critical Care (DIVI). In addition, he is an executive board member of the German Center for lung research (DZL), and internal advisory board member of the German Center for Infectious Disease Research (DZIF), a member of the review panel for clinical studies of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the chairman of the Community-acquired Pneumonia (CAPNETZ) foundation. As well as being on the editorial board of the European Respiratory Journal ,  Respiratory Medicine and Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgeon, he has been the the chief editor of the European Respiratory Monograph until 2015 and is Editor of a number of German-language journals. Besides this he serves as a reviewer for many other journals in his field of expertise.

Professor Welte leads a multicentre research group focusing on the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of respiratory infections and the pathophysiology and treatment of obstructive airway disease. He has published around 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to chapters in over 100 books.