In 2014 Professor Kerstin Schill was made a member of the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) [German Research Foundation] – Europe’s largest research funding organization. Now Bremen will have a vote representing the discipline for the whole of Germany. The Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science will serve a three term of office. The DFG Senate is responsible for major issues concerning research. It fosters cooperation and provides governments, parliaments, and various state agencies with expert opinions. Through setting up priority programs and research groups the body exerts a strong influence on the planning of research.
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What FIFA is for football, is the IEEE for computer scientists and electronic engineers. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is the most important umbrella organization for electronic engineers and computer scientists. It organizes high-level conferences and meetings of experts, and publishes important journals – now with the added competence from the University of Bremen. In 2014 Professor for Computer Architecture Rolf Drechsler became co-editor of the IEEE journal “Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems” – TCAD for short. Together with other IEEE publications, even in the era of the Internet the TCAD is still the main source for disseminating specioalist knowledge on computer science .
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Bremen epidemiologist Iris Pigeot, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine (BIPS) and Professor in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science is re-appointed to the Adivisory Panel of the Centre for Cancer Registry Data. The Centre, which is hosted by the Robert Koch Institute, was established in 2009 in accordance with provisions of the German law governing cancer registry. The Advisory Panel is assisted in ist work by an 18-member committee appointed by the German Minister of Halth.
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In 2014 Sociology Professor Karin Gottschall from the Center for Social Policy was appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Klinikverbund Gesundheit Nord, a municipal association of clinics in the North of Germany. This is the controlling body that oversees the affairs of the hospital Boards of Management. The members of the Supervisory Board bring in their expertise and examine the appropriateness of decisions reached by the Management Boards, for instance in HR matters or issues concerning hospital strategy. The Supervisory Board of such a large municipal association of clinics exerts considerable influence on institutional health policies in Bremen.
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The Bremen conflict and peace researcher Professor Dieter Senghaas is among the 50 German political scientists featured in a new book published by Eckhard Jesse and Sebastian Liebold with the title “Deutsche Politikwissenschaftler – Werk und Wirkung”. In the book published in 2014 one can read he is a truly outstanding scholar who helped shape the thoughts of “a whole generation of people involved in peace research, peace movements, and development aid policy”. For many years Senghaas was a professor of the University of Bremen. He is currently a Senior Fellow of the University‘s Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS).
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Dr. Doris Sövegjarto-Wigbers was awarded the Bremen Prize for Climate Protection 2014. The lecturer and climate co-ordinator was granted the prize for her energetic engagement in the field. For example, the Bremen chemist developed upper-school profiles for sustainable chemistry and sustainable technology. Doris Sövegjarto-Wigbers has been the University’s environmental co-ordinator and the person in charge of its environmental management systems since 2002.
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Johannes Kiefer, lead scientist in the area of technical thermodynamics in the Faculty of Production Engineering was appointed an Honorary Professor of the School of Engineering belonging to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Kiefer was a Senior Lecturer in Aberdeen before moving to Bremen in February 2014. He received the honorary title in recognition of his contributions to building up the subject of Chemical Engineering in research and teaching.
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Sociologist Carina Schmitt was accepted into the ranks of excellent junior investigators organized in the “Junge Akademie”. The academy is a cooperation project involving the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina in Berlin. Carina Schmitt, who submitted her post-doctoral thesis in the University’s Centre for Social Policy Research, will belong to the academy for the next five years.
Uwe Schimank, Professor for Sociological Theory in the Faculty of Social Sciences, became a full member of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. The long-standing institution made the 59-year-old a member in the category Social Sciences, one of the five categories whose members attend regular scholarly meetings. Currently, the academy counts 340 members all told. Members are appointed on account of their outstanding academic achievements.
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The National University of Piura (Peru) conferred the title of Honorary Doctor on Professor Matthias Wolff. Wolff, a professor in the Faculty of Biology/Chemistry since 1997, is also the lead scientist in the department of ecological modeling at the Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology (ZMT). The fish biologist received the honour in recognition of his many years of successful research on population dynamics and the management of Peru’s fishery resources.
The Landesausschuss für Weiterbildung elected Marc Thielen, Professor in the Faculty of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences and member of the Institut Technik und Bildung (ITB) to its new chairman. The committee, which is embedded in the Senate for Education and Science, acts as advisor to the Bremen Senate and institutiuons of further education.
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Shortly before Christmas the International Office received the “Campus International” prize endowed with 1,000 euros for its “IN Touch” project and the University of Bremen’s Erasmus Initiative. “IN Touch” enables refugees to participate in the lectures and courses held at the University (see page xx ). In the Erasmus Initiative students with international experience act as mentors to international students here .
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Professor of Geography Ivo Mossig in the Faculty of Social Sciences was appointed a Fellow in the annual work programme of the „Lehre hoch n“ network. This is a joint initiative involving the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Alfred Töpfer-Stiftung, and other foundations. The aim of the network is to promote the development of university teaching and explore new approaches to university teaching and studies.