Eleven international experts started in the U Bremen Excellence Chair program together with U Bremen scientists to set up their own research groups at the university over the next years. Seven Excellence Chairs started in 2019, three of them within the Excellence Cluster The Ocean Floor – Earth‘s Uncharted Interface” at MARUM. 2020 four more Excellence Chairs started their research within this program. All Chairs closely cooperate with colleagues of the University of Bremen. They all supervise doctoral candidates at the university.

Flaggen der Universität Bremen.

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

2020 - 2025

Haizhou Li

National University Singapore

Selective Auditory Attention

Minds, Media, Machines

Tanja Schultz

2019 - 2025

Nicola Marzari

École Fédérale Polytechnique de Lausanne

New materials on demand


Lucio Colombi Ciacchi

2019 - 2025

Jack Middelburg

Utrecht University

Marine carbon cycle and carbon transport


Kai-Uwe Hinrichs

2019 - 2025

Victoria Orphan

California Institute of Technology

Microbial communities


Kai-Uwe Hinrichs

2019 - 2025

Petar Popovski

Aalborg University

Wireless space communication

Faculty 01 (Communications Engineering)

Armin Dekorsy

2019 - 2025

Shalini Randeria

Rector and President of the Central European University, Vienna

Soft Authoritarianisms and Soft Authoritarian Strategies


Michi Knecht, Ingo Warnke

2019 - 2025

Yvonne Rogers

University College London

Human-Computer-Interactions: AI in healthcare


Johannes Schöning

2020 - 2025

Thomas L. Schwarz

Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital

Mitochondrial dynamics

Faculty 02 (Molecular Genetics)

Rita Groß-Hardt

2020 - 2025

Mario L. Small

Columbia University

Study of Social Networks


Betina Hollstein

2020 - 2025

Eske Willerslev

University of Copenhagen/University of Cambridge

Fossile DNA


Michal Kucera

2019 - 2025