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U Bremen Excellence Chairs

Since 2019 international experts conduct research and build up their own research groups as 'U Bremen Excellence Chairs' together with university colleagues within U Bremen Excellence Chairs program.

Seven Excellence Chairs started their research projects in January 2019, three of them at MARUM within the Cluster of Excellence „The Ocean Floor – Earth‘s Uncharted Interface”. Four more Excellence Chairs were assigned in January 2020 at the university.

The U Bremen Excellence Chairs program is funded with 1 mio euros annualy within the scope of the Excellence Strategy of Germany’s federal and state governments. The funds were granted to the university in addition to MARUM’s successfull cluster of excellence application.

The program underscores the strong international networking of existing research strengths and enhances their visibility. It promotes the University of Bremen’s internationalisation efforts on a high level. Excellence Chairs are primarily established in the University’s High-Profile Areas and further areas of high potential.

Chair-holders are outstanding experts in their disciplines and represent bridgeheads for collaboration with leading institutions worldwide. As ‘U Bremen Excellence Chairs‘ they are regularly present at the University of Bremen over a period of four years and establish their own working groups here. They are closely integrated in the University’s subject areas and are eligible to supervise doctoral candidates.

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Name (alphabet. order)

Home institution

Research at U Bremen

in collaboration with


Period of time

Maria Kanakidou

University of Crete

Impacts of emissions and feedbacks to the Earth system

Faculty 01 (Environmental Physics)

Mihalis Vrekoussis


Haizhou Li

National University Singapore

Selective Auditory Attention

Minds, Media, Machines

Tanja Schultz


Nicola Marzari

École Fédérale Polytechnique de Lausanne

New materials on demand


Lucio Colombi Ciacchi


Jack Middelburg

Utrecht University

Marine carbon cycle and carbon transport


Kai-Uwe Hinrichs


Victoria Orphan

California Institute of Technology

Microbial communities


Kai-Uwe Hinrichs


Petar Popovski

Aalborg University

Wireless space communication

Faculty 01 (Communications Engineering)

Armin Dekorsy


Shalini Randeria

Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna/Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva

Soft Authoritarianisms


Michi Knecht, Ingo Warnke


Yvonne Rogers

University College London

Human-Computer-Interactions: AI in healthcare


Johannes Schöning


Thomas L. Schwarz

Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital

Mitochondrial dynamics

Faculty 02 (Molecular Genetics)

Rita Groß-Hardt


Mario L. Small

Harvard University

Study of Social Networks


Betina Hollstein


Eske Willerslev

University of Copenhagen/University of Cambridge

Fossile DNA


Michal Kucera