Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther


Jutta Günther was elected by the Academic Senate as President of the University of Bremen and took office in September 2022. With more than two years of experiences as Vice President for Research at the university, and her positions held both within the university and within non-university research institutes, she brings a wide range of management experience to this position. She joined the University of Bremen in 2014 as a professor of economics, and led an international research team in innovation economics until her appointment as president.

As President of the University of Bremen, her vision is to establish “sustainability, climate justice, and net zero emissions” as a leading objective for the university. Her dedication to these issues is evidenced by her work as an initiator and supporter of projects such as BREGOS – Bremen Goes Sustainable, hyBit – Hydrogen for Bremen’s Industrial Transformation, and BEST – Bremen Research Center for Energy Systems. From 2020 to 2021, she served as a permanent scientific member of the “Climate Protection Strategies for the Federal State of Bremen” Enquete Commission.

Jutta Günther is an active member of the strategy board within YUFE – Young Universities for the Future of Europe, one of the European Universities alliances. She is the chairperson of the U Bremen Research Alliance – an alliance of the University of Bremen and twelve Federal and Länder government funded Bremen-based research institutes. In addition, she serves as vice chairperson of the Technology Park Bremen, an association of several hundred companies and institutions, located on the university campus.

Prior to her time in Bremen, Jutta Günther worked in leading scientific positions at the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Halle (IWH), including positions as head of department and member of the board of directors. Further stops in her academic career were Jena (habilitation), Oldenburg, and Osnabrück (degree, PhD) with study and research stays in the USA, Japan, Norway, and Russia, among others. Her academic career was preceded by vocational training and employment.

Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther

The video of the Rector's inaugural speech on September 6, 2022 can be found at the following link (in German):