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Staff Unit for Strategic Initiatives

  • The Staff Unit for Strategic Initiatives

    works on forward-looking projects at the University of Bremen. It provides impulses for strategic development, generates ideas for institutional projects, advises the Rectorate and designs strategy and change processes. The Unit is thus making a contribution to the university's development and visibility in the face of increasing institutional project funding, diverse external requirements and increasing competition.

    To this end, the Staff Unit develops scenarios, concepts and measures, writes or supports institutional applications, manages processes and moderates strategy workshops, produces benchmarks and SWOT analysis and prepares decision of the Rectorat. The Staff Office is located at the Rector's office.

What we do

The Staff Unit works on current topics of strategic importance, which often cover multiple fields of activity and are initiated by the Rectorate - this can be a new institutional cooperation or a digitization strategy or an application in a federal-state programme.

In addition, the Unit coordinates the University’s activities in the Excellence Strategy, supports the university's high-profile areas and possible clusters of excellence and advances Bremen's Institutional Strategy. For the ‘Zukunftsrat’ - the Excellence Initiative Board - it acts as the office.

In 2017, the university agreed on its "Strategy 2018–2028 " - impulses, coordination and monitoring for the implementation of the strategy are a task for the Unit in the coming years.

How we work

The "Strategy 2018 - 2028" is an example of the basic functioning of the Staff Unit: here, the Unit has conceived and set up the strategy process, identified international role models, evaluated existing sub-strategies of the university, compiled very different perspectives from the university, condensed them and repeatedly feedbacked them with the Rectorate.

An online consultation throughout the university made considerable progress with the text before it was discussed and adopted in detail in the Academic Senate. Last but not least, we also took care of the translation, graphic design and communication of the document.

However, we don't always go all the way, we don't go through strategic processes from A to Z: many projects are shorter, start later or stop earlier (for us).

Who we are

We are a small team, working agile and methodically diverse, with high professional standards and a realistic eye for what is feasible.
We systematically coordinate with other units of the university: At the start of the project, the roles are assigned, and if projects become permanent tasks in the end, they are handed over to other units.

Dr. Achim Wiesner is head of the Staff Unit for Strategic Initiatives (Stabsstelle Strategische Projekte und Exzellenz – SPE) at the University of Bremen since 2015. 2010–2015 he was Head of the Unit "Research Services" at the University of Bremen. In this function, he played a critical role in developing and drafting the successful proposal for the "Ambitious and agile" Institutional Strategy. 2012–2019  he coordinated the implementation of this Strategy funded from the Excellence Initiative.
2008–2010 he was responsible for research cooperation between the University of Bremen, the University of Oldenburg and Jacobs University for two years, having already coordinated the Bremen proposals on behalf of the Rectorate in the first phase of the Excellence Initiative.
Prior to his work in science management, Achim Wiesner taught and researched as a political scientist at several universities; he studied in Hamburg and Amsterdam. He was a founding member of the “Netzwerk Wissenschaftsmanagement” (the German Science Management Network). At the Center for Science and Research Management (Zentrum für Wissenschaftsmanagement in Speyer) he has been teaching "Strategy in Science and Research Institutions" since 2010.

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Phone: +49 (0)421 218-60015

Inga Brandes is science manager in the Staff Unit for Strategic Initiatives (SPE) at the University of Bremen. Prior to this, she worked in the Department of University Development at the FernUniversität in Hagen - Germany’s only public distance-learning university. As research consultant, team leader and Deputy Head of the Unit "Research Services", she developed strategies, concepts and funding measures in the areas of research, early career researchers, gender equality, internationalisation and digitisation and coordinated with her team their implementation. Her work focused on the overall coordination of the internal research funding program, the establishment and expansion of the research, third-party funding and publication services, as well as the further development of research reporting and research data management. Before that she worked as a historian and project manager in the CRC 600 "Strangers and Poor People" at the University of Trier and contributed to the development of the first subject-differentiated virtual research environment for the historical sciences: the Research Network and Database System (FuD).
She is familiar with the European research landscape through her ERASMUS year at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as well as her research stays in Ireland, Great Britain, France and Luxembourg.
In 2012, Inga Brandes initiated a regional network of research and technology managers in North-Rhine-Westphalia. Occasionally she freelances as a presenter, trainer and lecturer, e.g. for the Center for Science and Research Management (ZWM).

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Phone: +49 (0)421 218-60017

Skadi Dentler joined the Staff Unit for Strategic Initiatives (SPE) in August 2020. She is responsible for the Unit’s administration. Before changing to the University of Bremen, she worked at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences (HSB). At HSB her task areas included project management, marketing and communication, website maintenance, student acquisition/consulting and project finances in two BMBF-funded projects on flexible study structures (HSBflex and HSBflex²). As part of her work in the first project (HSBflex) she also completed two master modules in “Project Management” and “Leadership”. After completing a Degree in the International Study Programme in Applied Leisure Science at HSB, she worked at the Institute for Advanced Training of the Bremen Dental Association in the field of marketing & communication. Prior to her studies, she worked as an administrative employee at the University of Bremen in the Research Group “Practice-oriented Vocational Training”. After completing her commercial training, she worked as a clerk at Chemie-Mineralien GmbH & Co. KG where she was responsible for purchasing, sales and marketing.

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Telefon: +49 (0)421 218-60016

Maike Koschorreck is the newest member of the Staff Unit for Strategic Initiatives (SPE). Before joining the SPE team in October 2020, she acted as Senior Coordinator of the Deans’ Office at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), an inter-university institution at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University funded by the DFG Excellence Initiative and EU Horizon 2020. At BIGSSS, she coordinated the EU COFUND PhD Program “BIGSSS-departs” as well as various projects in organizational development, science communication and as transfer. She has gained international experience through research stays at the University of Wollongong (Australia) and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (USA) as well as in numerous cooperation projects with BIGSSS’ international partner institutions.
With a background in cultural studies and social sciences, her scientific work focused on migration, social inequality and institutional discrimination in the education system as well as qualitative research methods.

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Phone: +49 (0)421 218-60018


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