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Porträt Simone Scherger

Prof. Dr. Simone Scherger

Faculty 8 - Social Sciences

In April, Simone Scherger took up the endowed professorship for life-course-oriented social policy at the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen. For the first five years, the professorship is financed by the funding network for interdisciplinary social policy research (FIS – Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung), which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. As part of the professorship, Simone Scherger will deal with the connections between sociopolitical regulations and individual life courses. An important example of this is the question of how pension reforms affect the transition to retirement and the propensity to work in old age. Conversely, she also deals with the challenges faced by social security systems due to changing employment patterns or pluralized family models. Recently, Simone Scherger was also appointed to the German government’s pension commission. After studying sociology in Bonn and Brussels, Scherger earned her doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin in 2007 with a thesis on changing the timing of important transitions in life. Following research activities at the University of Manchester in England, from 2010 to 2017 she headed the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Gainful Employment Beyond the Pension Limit in Germany and Great Britain” funded by the German Research Foundation, which was based at SOCIUM. In 2016–17, she also filled in for the W3 professorship for sociology with a focus on gender studies at the University of Konstanz.

Porträt Marco Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Marco F. H. Schmidt

Faculty 11 - Human and Health Sciences

Since April 1, Marco F. H. Schmidt has been Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Bremen. He holds a Master of Science degree in neurocognitive psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and, at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, he conducted research on the understanding of fairness in early childhood. With the support of the Studienstiftung (German Academic Scholarship Foundation), he then earned his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. After a postdoctoral position at the MPI in Leipzig, Schmidt took over the management of an international group of young researchers at the LMU Munich in 2015, which was funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria. His new research group at the University of Bremen is investigating social-cognitive development in early childhood with a focus on the developmental psychological foundations of human normativity, morality, and cooperation. Schmidt’s research areas are interdisciplinary and lie at the junction of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.


Porträt Yan Suarsana

Prof. Dr. Yan Ananda Suarsana

Faculty 9 - Cultural Studies

Since April, Professor Yan Ananda Suarsana has been supporting the Institute for Religious Studies and Religious Education at the University of Bremen. He studied theology and German language and literature, as well as classical philology and classical Indology, at Heidelberg University. Beginning in 2008, he worked as a scientific assistant in the department of reformation history and modern church history at the Faculty of Theology there. After his teacher training, he worked from 2014 to 2018 as an assistant and project collaborator in the department of religious studies and intercultural theology. From there, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Bremen. Suarsana’s work covers the global history of Christianity. He is particularly interested in the ways in which the Christian religion was interwoven with other religious currents of the colonial era, which had a decisive influence on the concept of world religion. His work focuses primarily on the history of the early Pentecostal movement as part of a worldwide spiritual revival and the analysis of the Christian confrontation with non-Christian religions beginning in the second half of the 19th century, with the help of postcolonial theory.


Porträt Sven Kerzenmacher

Prof. Dr. Sven Kerzenmacher

Faculty 4 - Production Engineering

On April 1, 2018, Professor Sven Kerzenmacher took over as Head of the Department of Environmental Process Engineering at the University of Bremen. Kerzenmacher studied process and environmental engineering and energy conversion and management at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2010, he received his doctorate from the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg with a distinction in the field of implantable glucose fuel cells. Since April 2008, Kerzenmacher has headed the working group for bioelectrochemical systems in Freiburg. He has already been awarded several prizes for his research, including the DECHEMA prize for up-and-coming teachers in higher education (2016), the advancement award of the Forum Angewandte Mikrosystemtechnik e.V. (2011), and the GMM prize of the VDE/VDI-Gesellschaft Mikroelektronik, Mikro- und Feinwerktechnik (2009). Professor Kerzenmacher’s field of work comprises interdisciplinary research into the foundations, materials, and processes of sustainable environmental technology and biotechnology. The focus is on new technologies for wastewater treatment and the synthesis of recyclable materials with microbial fuel and electrolysis cells as well as membrane processes. In terms of materials science, the research group develops electrospun nanofiber structures that serve as carriers for microbial catalysts, for example. Further focal points include the investigation of mass transfer processes and methodical work on applied (bio-)electrochemistry.


Porträt Anke Pohl

Prof. Dr. Anke Pohl

Faculty 3 - Mathematics/Computer Science

Anke Pohl took up a professorship in Analysis in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Bremen on April 1. After studying mathematics at Clausthal University of Technology and the University of Bologna in Italy, she earned her doctorate from Paderborn University. What followed were several years of research and teaching at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, ETH Zurich, and the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, where she became a professor in 2016 with a thesis on dynamic systems and automorphic functions in mathematics. Also in 2016, she was appointed professor at Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena. Her research focuses on mathematical quantum chaos, ergodic theory and dynamic systems, harmonic analysis, and analytical number theory. Anke Pohl is particularly interested in the mutual relationships between these areas and the application of her methods to questions from other areas.


Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

Faculty 9 – Cultural Studies

In January 2018, Kerstin Radde-Antweiler was appointed to a professorship at the Institut für Religionswissenschaft und Religionspädagogik [Institute for Religious Education and Study of Religions] in Faculty 9, Cultural Studies. Her research interests are mediatization and religion, recent Catholicism in Germany and the Philippines, religion and video gaming as well as the theory of ritual. After studying Protestant theology in Bielefeld and Heidelberg, she earned her doctorate in religious studies at the University of Heidelberg. She wrote her dissertation on “Ritual Design in the World Wide Web” while working in the Collaborative Research Center “Ritual Dynamics” in the project “Between Online-Religion and Religion-Online: Constellations for Ritual Transfer in the Medium Internet”. In 2008 she moved to the Institute for Religious Education and Study of Religions at the University of Bremen as a research associate, where she later became a junior professor in 2012. Radde-Antweiler leads the “Religion and Media” lab at the University of Bremen’s Center for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) and part of the research group “Communicative Figurations in Times of Deep Mediatization.” She is editor of the online journal GAMEVIRONMENTS.

Prof. Dr. Johanna Myrzik

Faculty 1 – Physics/Electrical Engineering

On March 1, 2018, Johanna Myrzik received her appointment as Professor of Automation Technology in the Faculty of Physics / Electrical Engineering at the University of Bremen. Her specialty lies in the automation of future energy networks with a high proportion of renewable energy sources. After studying for her Diplom in electrical engineering at the TU Darmstadt, she was awarded her doctorate at the University of Kassel. This was followed by 9 years as a researcher in the Netherlands. At the TU Eindhoven (Netherlands), she was as associate professor responsible for the research fields of decentralized and urban energy supply, power electronics and power quality. In 2009 she was appointed Professor of Energy Efficiency at the TU Dortmund, and in 2011 she became Deputy Head of the Institute for Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics in Dortmund. Future energy networks require a hybrid multi-sectoral structure that not only has to adapt dynamically to technical requirements and needs, but is also strongly influenced by digitalization and societal change. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in energy networks will therefore be at the center of her research and teaching activities at the University of Bremen.

Prof. Dr. Vera Hagemann

Faculty 7 – Business Studies and Economics

Vera Hagemann took up the Chair of Human Resources in the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics on March 1, 2018. After completing her psychology studies with a focus on occupational and organizational psychology at the University of Trier, training as a behavioral trainer, and a stay abroad as an in-house consultant in Bangkok, Prof. Hagemann worked at the Chair for Organizational Psychology at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and in the field of organizational and business psychology in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where she earned her doctorate in psychology in 2011. In 2015 she moved to the Ruhr-University Bochum in the research unit for labor, organization and business psychology. At the same time, in 2014 and 2015 she was a Visiting Professor in the department Human Resources, Leadership and Organization at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Austria). Hagemann brings to the University of Bremen her research focus on high responsibility teams and their further training opportunities, as well as requirement analysis, feedback, debriefing and analysis of the changing work and design options of work caused by digitalization.