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Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer

Faculty 4 – Production Engineering -Mechanical Engineering & Process Engineering-

In August 2016, Andreas Fischer took over the professorship of metrology, automation and quality science as well as the management of the Bremen Institute for Measurement, Automation and Quality Sciences (BIMAQ) in the Faculty of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen. Fischer studied electrical engineering at the TU Dresden, where he received his doctorate on the topic "Contributions to Doppler Global Velocimetry with Laser Frequency Modulation", which has won several awards. In 2013, he completed his habilitation at the TU Dresden with a thesis on "Limits of Optical Flow Measurement: Theory and Applications". From 2009 until his call to Bremen, Fischer was a group leader and department head at the TU Dresden. Parallel to this, he participated in further training at the Saxon Center for University Didactics and in 2016 received the Saxon University Didactic Certificate. His research focus at BIMAQ is on model-based, dynamic measuring systems for the investigation and optimization of production processes, large gearings and wind turbines. The approach is holistic - this means, at the limits of measurability, optical measuring systems are designed, realized, modeled, characterized and applied to achieve advances in production technology.

Prof. Dr. Sönke Gerhold

Faculty 6 – Law

On April 1, 2016, Sönke Gerhold took over the professorship for criminal law, criminal procedure law, media criminal law and penal law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Bremen. Gerhold has a law degree from the University of Kiel. From 2006 to 2008 he completed his legal training in Schleswig-Holstein. At the same time, he was a research associate at the Institute of Criminal Sciences of Kiel University. Also in Kiel, he received his doctorate on "The system of victim protection in the field of cyber- and Internet stalking - legal options for victims". In 2013, he habilitated with his post-doctoral thesis "Accessoriness in Murder and Manslaughter - a Dogmatic Reconstruction of a Still Unresolved Problem" and with the lecture "The Alternative Reproach - a Permissible Response to the Reconstruction Prohibition?". Before accepting the call to the University of Bremen, the lawyer was the representative of the teaching professorship for criminal law in Regensburg and, from the winter semester 2014/2015, he was the representative of the position he now occupies. Sönke Gerhold is currently working on the possibilities and limitations of using social media in criminal investigations. In addition, he writes commentaries on various provisions of the newly enacted law on the penitentiary system and procedural chapters in the Handbook of Criminal Law.

Prof. Dr. Christian Haas

Faculty 1 – Physics/Electrical Engineering

Christian Haas has been working in the Faculty of Physics / Electrical Engineering at the University of Bremen as Professor of Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice Geophysics and Remote Sensing since July 2016. After obtaining a Diplom degree in Geophysics from the University of Kiel, Haas earned his doctorate at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven and the Faculty of Earth Sciences at the University of Bremen. At the AWI, he worked as head of the sea ice section, where he established operational airborne ice thickness measurements, physico-biological sea ice surveys, and snow remote sensing. In 2007, Haas moved to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. There he intensified his Arctic research in close collaboration with Canadian Inuit, government departments, and industry. As a result, in 2012 he received a call to the Canada Research Chair at York University in Toronto. In 2016, he returned to the University of Bremen and the AWI as a Helmholtz professor.

Prof. Dr. Martin Eickhoff

Faculty 1 – Physics/Electrical Engineering

Professor Martin Eickhoff has been researching since November 2016 as Professor of Experimental Physics in the field of "Solid State Materials" at the Institute of Solid State Physics in the Faculty of Physics / Electrical Engineering at the University of Bremen. After studying physics, he worked at the research center of Daimler-Benz AG in Munich on the development of new semiconductor materials for microsystems technology. In 2000 he obtained his doctorate from the Technical University of Munich. After a short period in the development department of Infineon Technologies, he worked from 2001 to 2008 at the Walter Schottky Institute at the Technical University of Munich as leader of the group "Sensors and Materials". He then accepted a professorship for "Nano-engineering Materials" at the University of Giessen. His research interests at the University of Bremen are the production of optically active semiconductor materials and their nanostructures as well as the combination of nanostructured semiconductor materials in hybrid nanostructures. These materials systems are the starting point for new applications in nanophotonics, optoelectronics and nanostructured chemical and biochemical sensors.

Prof. Dr. Sara Hofmann

Faculty 3 – Mathematics/Computer Science

At the beginning of the year, Sara Hofmann took up the junior professorship for digital media in the public sector in the Faculty of Computer science / Mathematics. Sara Hofmann studied Business Informatics and earned her doctorate at the University of Münster on the use of social media in public administrations. Subsequently, she was a postdoctoral researcher there and head of the competence center E-Government. Her work focuses on changing citizen-administration interactions through the use of new media. On the one hand, digitalization offers the public sector new possibilities for more efficient administration processes. On the other hand, it is faced with new problems such as the low public acceptance of so-called "eGovernment" services. In addition, Sara Hofmann examines the possibilities offered by digital media for strengthening democratic processes. For example, citizens can voice their opinion in the form of comments and petitions. However, to what extent e-participation can actually facilitate a stronger involvement of civil society in political processes and which challenges will arise will be a major focus of her research in Bremen.

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Didelez

Faculty 3 – Mathematics/Computer Science

In July 2016, Vanessa Didelez took over the newly established Chair of Statistics with a focus on theory and methods in causality research in the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science at the University of Bremen. The professorship entails being Deputy Head of the section of Biometrics / Computer Science of the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS. After completing her doctorate in statistics at the University of Dortmund in 2000 on "Graphical models for event history analysis on local independence", Vanessa Didelez researched and taught at University College London. She then moved to the University of Bristol, where she held a position as Reader (comparable to a W2 professorship) in Statistics until her departure. The focus of Vanessa Didelez's research is on statistical methods for the analysis of cause-and-effect relationships. She has applied this, for example, on data from a long-term Swiss study on HIV or the relationship of body mass index (BMI) and the risk of childhood asthma. Such approaches can be used especially in cooperation with the BIPS and the Competence Center for Clinical Studies Bremen. With the help of large observation datasets they contribute significantly to a better understanding of the unwanted side effects of drugs.

Prof. Dr. Nicole Megow

Faculty 3 – Mathematics/Computer Science

In August 2016, Nicole Megow took over the newly established professorship for computer science methods for adaptive control in production and logistics in the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science at the University of Bremen. Nicole Megow studied economics at the TU Berlin and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. She earned her doctorate in 2006 at the TU Berlin and then worked as a postdoc / senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken. After a period as interim professor for discrete optimization at TU Darmstadt, she led an Emmy Noether junior research group at TU Berlin from 2012 to 2015. Until her call to Bremen, she was Professor of Discrete Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich. The research focus of Nicole Megow is the field of combinatorial optimization at the interface of theoretical computer science, discrete mathematics and optimization research or surgical research. She is involved in the development and analysis of efficient algorithms with provable quality guarantees. In addition to basic research, she applies optimization methods in real-life applications such as logistics and production scheduling.

Prof. Dr. Johannes Schöning

Faculty 3 – Mathematics/Computer Science

Professor Dr..-Ing. Johannes Schöning has been working since November 2016 as Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and is a Lichtenberg Professor in the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science. After completing his studies in geo-informatics at the University of Münster, Schöning worked at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken. In 2010 he completed his doctorate at the University of Saarland. Following periods in Belgium and at University College London, he successfully applied for a Lichtenberg professorship funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The initiative enables him to set unconventional research priorities in Bremen at the interface between HCI, geoinformatics and the ubiquity of computer-aided information processing, which are often difficult to establish in the traditional scientific landscape. His current research includes work on the design, implementation and evaluation of new navigation technologies, including smartwatches. In addition, his group investigates the properties of spatial data as appropriated by laypersons.

Prof. Dr. Maren Petersen

Faculty 4 – Production Engineering -Mechanical Engineering & Process Engineering-

In January 2016, Maren Petersen accepted the professorship "The career field of metal technology and its didactics". This professorship is assigned to the Faculty of Production Engineering and the Institute of Technology and Education (ITB). After studying engineering at the TU Clausthal-Zellerfeld and obtaining his Dr.-Ing. at the TU Hamburg-Harburg in the field of production technology / laser material processing, Maren Petersen worked until 2013 as a senior engineer at the Institute of Laser and Plant Systems Technology of the TUHH. Among other things, she accompanied the founding of LZN Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH. From 2013 to 2015, the engineer worked as a deputy professor for "didactics of technology" at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. Her main research interest is the change in area of industrial and technical work, keyword: Industry / Work 4.0. It also raises questions about the implications of applying complex technologies to the required skill sets of workers, and how this can be picked up and shaped by teachers.

Prof. Dr. Marc Avila

Faculty 4 – Production Engineering -Mechanical Engineering & Process Engineering-

Marc Avila is a professor in the Faculty of Production Engineering - Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering - at the University of Bremen. He succeeds Hans Rath, who held the office for 31 years. In connection with taking over the Chair of Fluid Mechanics, Avila was also assigned the management of the ZARM. He replaces Claus Lämmerzahl, who in the meantime was appointed Managing Director of the ZARM. Marc Avila studied mathematics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and at the University of Glasgow. From 2005 to 2008 he completed his doctorate at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. During this time, he opted for an international academic career and spent half of his doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at Arizona State University. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, before receiving a call to the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2011.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kolbe

Faculty 6 – Law

Sebastian Kolbe has been Professor of Civil Law and Labor Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Bremen since September 1, 2016. Born in Nuremberg, he completed his law studies in Passau and Munich in 1998. He was also a research assistant at the Center for Industrial Relations and Labor Law at the LMU Munich. Here, he also obtained his doctorate in insolvency law with a thesis on the subject "Tortious demands and debt relief" and habilitated with a postdoctoral dissertation on "participation and democracy principle". Since 2012, Kolbe has been teaching at various law faculties in Germany, last semester also at the University of Bremen – for the position he now holds. His research focuses on collective labor law, in particular on codetermination law. In this context, he is currently examining the changed position of employee representatives in the modern working world. He also writes commentaries on the regulations of German and European labor law.

Prof. Dr. Claudio Franzius

Faculty 6 – Law

Since September 2016, Claudio Franzius has been Professor of Public Law, in particular Administrative Law and Environmental Law, in the Faculty of Law at the University of Bremen. After completing his law studies, Franzius earned his doctorate at the HU Berlin on "The development of instruments of indirect behavioral control in environmental law in the Federal Republic of Germany". In 2009 he habilitated with the thesis "Warranty in law. Foundations of a European regulatory model for public services”. Before accepting the call to the University of Bremen, the lawyer held deputy professorships in Frankfurt am Main, Constance, Bochum and Hamburg and was a visiting scholar at the Bremen Collaborative Research Center "Statehood in Transition", where he wrote the book "Law and Politics in the Transnational Constellation". His research interests lie in European constitutional law, general administrative law and environmental law. Franzius heads the Research Center for European Environmental Law (FEU) in the Faculty of Law and deals with transnational climate law.


Prof. Dr. Torben Klarl

Faculty 7 – Business Studies and Economics

Torben Klarl has been Professor of Macroeconomics in the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics at the University of Bremen since October 1, 2016. Klarl studied economics at the University of Augsburg with a focus on empirical macroeconomics and data analysis and statistics. He received his doctorate there in 2009 with a dissertation on knowledge diffusion, which is located at the interface of empirical macroeconomics and innovation economics. Before his call to the University of Bremen, Klarl habilitated in 2014 and until 2015 was a professor at the University of Ulm. In the same year, Klarl was awarded the generously endowed Viermetz Science Prize for his research achievements in the field of regional, environmental and innovation economics. At the beginning of 2016, Klarl was visiting professor at the renowned Indiana University Bloomington. He has been working as a research fellow at the Institute for Development Strategies since April. At the University of Bremen, Klarl focuses on behavioral, macroeconomic issues in the areas of environment, health and sustainable development in the financial and real estate markets.

Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold

Faculty 9 – Cultural Studies

As of October 1, Christian Pentzold is a Junior Professor for Communication and Media Studies in the Faculty of Cultural Studies of the University of Bremen. At the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) he is responsible for media society. Pentzold studied media and communication science in Chemnitz and Stirling (UK). His doctorate at the TU Chemnitz was funded by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 2009 he was a visiting scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute and in 2015 Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London. Pentzold is primarily concerned with the role of media in today's societies. In his projects, he examines, among other things, the production and acquisition of digital communication technologies as well as public debates on Big Data. He has acquired expertise in the area of cooperation in the Internet, which he studied in his Ph.D. project on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. For students in Bremen, he will offer seminars surrounding questions of the interlocking of media development and social development as well as the forms and functions of social communication.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Harsch

Faculty 10 – Linguistics and Literary Studies

In February 2016, Claudia Harsch took over the professorship for language teaching and learning research in English Studies in the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies, which she had represented since November 2015. Claudia Harsch is at the same time scientific director and managing director of the Foreign Language Center of the Universities in the State of Bremen. Previously, then she researched and taught at home and abroad. In 2006, at the University of Augsburg, she earned her doctorate on the role of the Common European Frame of Reference for Languages ​​in foreign language teaching. Since then, her focus has been on the evaluation of linguistic-communicative and intercultural competencies. Claudia Harsch participated in the first nationwide school performance study DESI before she moved to the HU Berlin as head of the project "Evaluation of the educational standards - English". In 2009 she moved to the University of Warwick, UK where she taught and researched in the areas of language assessment, English language teaching and intercultural communication. In Bremen, she will increasingly turn to language teaching, as well as learning and assessment at universities and in adult education. In addition, she wants to accompany the language learning paths of refugees.

Prof. Dr. Wolf Rogowski

Faculty 11 – Human and Health Sciences

Wolf Rogowski has been Professor of Management and Organizational Development in the Faculty of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Bremen since March 2016. At the same time, he is spokesman for the newly established Department of Management in Health Care at the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research. Following his studies in economics at the University of Heidelberg and the LMU Munich, Rogowski earned his doctorate at the LMU in the field of health economic evaluation of genetic tests. His research has also taken him abroad, including the Center of Health Economics at the University of York (UK) and Boston (USA) at the Harvard School of Public Health. Back in Germany, the health expert took over the leadership of the working group "Translational Health Economics" at the Institute for Health Economics and Management in Health Care at Helmholtz Center Munich. His theoretical and empirical research addresses the question of how the "value added" of innovative health services can be defined, measured and successfully implemented in the course of the innovation process. Since decisions about scarce resources for health services raise ethically sensitive questions, the research interest of Wolf Rogowski also applies to the border area between ethics and economics. 

Prof. Dr. Natascha Korff

Faculty 12 – Pedagogy and Educational Sciences

Since February 1, 2016, Natascha Korff has been a Junior Professor of Inclusive Education with a specialization in Didactics in the Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences. After completing her teaching and disability education studies and receiving her Ph.D. in Inclusive Education at the University of Bremen, Natascha Korff worked at the Didactic Center of the University of Oldenburg. Afterwards she took over a deputy professorship for mathematics didactics at the University of Hannover and worked as a research associate at the University of Paderborn. In 2015, the interdisciplinary combination of inclusion and subject didactic discourses in her study on inclusive maths education in primary education received the Science Award of the German Society for Educational Science - Section Special Education. With her research work, Natascha Korff wants to contribute to the development of inclusive teaching with high didactic quality. One focus is on questions of professionalization and their implementation in inclusive teacher training courses such as the Bremen Bachelor / Master of Education for special needs education at elementary schools.

Prof. Dr. Robert Baar

Faculty 12 – Pedagogy and Educational Sciences

Robert Baar has been working as a professor for pedagogy and didactics of primary and elementary education in the Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences at the University of Bremen since April 2016. Following his teacher training, Robert Baar first worked as a teacher before gaining a Diplom degree in school pedagogy and being seconded to a teaching position at the Freiburg College of Education. There he earned his doctorate for the "Career habitus of male primary school teachers". Subsequently, Baar - again as a seconded teacher - worked at the Heidelberg University of Education before returning to Freiburg as a senior lecturer. The didactician was a visiting lecturer in Toronto, Thessaloniki and northwestern Switzerland. He represented a professorship for elementary school education at the University of Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Gmünd and a professorship for teaching at the Heidelberg College for Teacher Training. His main research interests are questions surrounding education and gender, children's pre-concepts and the related didactic implications. Robert Baar is particularly interested in enabling students to develop a reflexive habitus so that they can accompany children's educational processes more professionally.

Prof. Dr. Frank J. Müller

Faculty 12 – Pedagogy and Educational Sciences

Since October 1, Frank J. Müller has been working as a Junior Professor in the Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences in the field of inclusive education with a focus on intellectual development and learning. Following a degree in special education in Berlin, a teacher traineeship, a doctorate in Potsdam and a period as a teacher for special needs at the Grünauer Gemeinschaftsschule, he now wants to pursue the following question in practice-oriented research: "How can teachers be helped to cope with heterogeneity in classroom teaching?" Exemplarily, this research is done on the basis of inclusive, freely available educational spelling materials. This includes an evaluation of Norwegian experience in this area. This research is supplemented by an interview project with 18 professors of integration pedagogy, which will form the basis for a seminal work for future generations of students. Open cooperative forms are just as important in teaching as questions of intersectionality.