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Vice Chairman of the City Council

Ene Ergma


Date and place of birth
29 February 1944, Rakvere

1984: Doctorate in Physics and Mathematics, Space Research Institute, Soviet Academy of Sciences
1972: Candidate in Physics and Mathematics, Institute of Astronomy, Moscow University
1969: Astronomy (cum laude), Moscow State University
1962-1964: Physics, University of Tartu
1962: Viljandi High School no. 1

1988-present: Lecturer, professor of astrophysics, director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Physics Department, University of Tartu; visiting professor at many foreign universities; professor emeritus of the University of Tartu since 2015
1974-1988: Junior researcher, research secretary, senior researcher and lead researcher, Astronomy Council, Soviet Academy of Sciences
1972-1974: Junior researcher, Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Estonian Academy of Sciences

Political party membership
2017: Stood in the local government council elections on the Reform Party list of candidates but unaligned to any party
2002-2016: Member of the Res Publica party (later Pro Patria and Res Publica Union)

Representative bodies
Member of the Riigikogu (Estonian parliament) 2003-2015, President of the Riigikogu 2003-2006 and 2007-2014, Vice-president of the Riigikogu 2006-2007
Since 2002: elected to Tartu City Council, Deputy Chairman of the Council since November 2017

Other activities
2013-present: Member of the advisory board of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), member of the European Astronomical Society (EAS)
2004: Foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
2002-2006: Member of the President’s Academic Advisory Board, Estonia
2001: Associate member of the British Royal Astronomical Society
1998-2003: Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Science Foundation
1997-present: Academic, Vice-president (1999-2003) and member of the Management Board, Estonian Academy of Sciences

Awards & recognition
2017: Tiiu Sild Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for long-time systematic communication of science and technology
2015: Skytte medal
2009: Order of the Three Stars of the Republic of Latvia, 2nd class
2008: Order of the National Coat of Arms of the Republic of Estonia, 2nd class; Grand Cross of the Order of Oranje-Nassau of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of the Kingdom of Belgium; medal of the Baltic Assembly
2007: Grand Decoration in Gold of the Republic of Austria; Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden, 1st class
2005: Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
2004: Medal of the Estonian Academy of Sciences; Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
2003: Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Dom Herique of the Republic of Portugal
2002: Science award of the Republic of Estonia in the Exact Sciences
2001: Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia, 4th Class

Collecting memoirs related to theatre, art, science and politics

Language skills
Estonian (mother tongue)
English – good
Russian – good

Phone: +372 5322 6872
E-mail: ene.ergma@tartulvk.ee

Last changed 12.02.2021