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At the University of Bremen, some people are newly appointed, some receive awards, and some are visiting scholarship holders. A few of them can be found on this page. Other awards, such as the Leibniz Prize or ERC Grants are listed in an extra section "Awards".

Portrait Christoph Kulgemeyer

Prof. Dr. Christoph Kulgemeyer - Faculty of Physics/ Electrical Engineering

Since April 2022, Christoph Kulgemeyer has held the position of Professor of Didactics of Physics within the Faculty of Physics/Electrical Engineering. There he also leads the working group Didactics of Physics.


Portrait Daniel Walter

Prof. Dr. Daniel Walter – Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences

Daniel Walter has been a Junior Professor of Didactics of Mathematics with a focus on primary and elementary education within the Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences since March 2022.


Portrait Dr. Michael Schirmer

Dr. Michael Schirmer – Faculty of Biology / Chemistry

Bremen biologist Michael Schirmer has received the Federal Cross of Merit for his many years of volunteer work. He previously taught aquatic ecology at the University of Bremen.


Dian Schefold

Prof. Dr. Dian Schefold – Faculty of Law

Dian Schefold - a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Bremen until 2001- has now been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. On behalf of the Federal President, he was presented with it by Mayor Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte, who himself had earned his doctorate under Schefold’s supervision


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Prof. Dr. Ruth Schilling - Faculty of Social Sciences

Ruth Schilling is the new managing director of the German Maritime Museum (DSM) / Leibniz Institute of Maritime History. This was decided by the Foundation Board.


Rolf Knieper

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Rolf Knieper – Faculty of Law

Professor Rolf Knieper - a university lecturer within the Faculty of Law at the University of Bremen until 2006 - has been awarded the Gold Medal of Tbilisi State University. This is the highest award that the university in the Georgian capital can bestow.


Portrait Ella Schmidt

Ella Schmidt – Faculty of Geosciences

Ella Schmidt has held the role of Assistant Professor of Crystallography and Geomaterials Research within the Faculty of Geosciences since February 2022.


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Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz – Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

Since January 2022, Professor Raimund Bleischwitz has held the position of scientific director of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen. The economist and social scientist succeeds Dr. Werner Ekau, who has been acting scientific director since July 2020.


Portrait Klaus Mävers

Prof. Klaus Mävers – Faculty of Cultural Studies

Prof. Klaus Mävers has passed away at the age of 92. He taught music pedagogy at the Bremen PH since 1968 and from 1971 onwards, he helped to establish and significantly shape the music degree course at the University of Bremen.


Rolf Drechsler

Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Rolf Drechsler, Professor of Computer Architecture within the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science and head of the Cyber-Physical Systems group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), was honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in December 2021.


Horst Schecker

Prof. Dr. Horst Schecker - Faculty of Physics / Electrical Engineering

Professor Horst Schecker from the University of Bremen will receive the Georg Kerschensteiner Prize for the significant role he played in establishing skill-building physics lessons and his contributions to the development and research of new concepts and media.


Laura McAdam-Otto

Laura McAdam-Otto – Faculty of Cultural Studies

The cultural scholar Laura McAdam-Otto has received the 2021 Augsburg Science Award for Intercultural Studies (“Augsburger Wissenschaftspreis für interkulturelle Studien 2021”) for her PhD.


Hendrick Heuer

Dr. Hendrik Heuer - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Weizenbaum Thesis Award Goes to Dr. Hendrik Heuer. His doctoral dissertation entitled “Users & Machine learning-Based Curation Systems” received the first prize.


Sergej Tetriak

Dr. Sergei Tretiak - Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science

Dr. Sergej Tretiak from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, who is currently a guest at the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science (BCCMS) and the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, has been honored with the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award.


Marie Grasmeier

Marie Grasmeier - Faculty of Cultural Studies

For her PhD dissertation “’That is My Profession’: Occupational Culture and Occupational Identities of Seafarers in the Global Merchant Fleet,” Marie Grasmeier received the 2021 Jörg Huffschmid Prize.


Prof. Dr. Angie Schneider

Prof. Dr. Angie Schneider - Faculty of Law

In November 2021, Angie Schneider took on the role of Professor of Civil Law with a focus on family law, labor law, social law, as well as gender studies within the Faculty of Law.


Herbert Obinger

Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger - Faculty of Social Sciences

Herbert Obinger was received an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern Denmark (Syddansk Universitet, Odense), where he already held the role of visiting professor.


Anastasios Stefanou

Anastasios Stefanou – Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

In October 2021, Anastasios Stefanou took on the role of Assistant Professor of Mathematical Foundations of Data Analysis at the ALTA Institute within the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science at the University of Bremen.


Portrait Karen Struve

Prof. Dr. Karen Struve – Faculty of Linguistic and Literary Studies

In October 2021, Karen Struve took on the role of Professor of French Romance Literary Studies. She herself studied cultural and Romance studies.


Portrait Björn Lüssem

Prof. Dr. Björn Lüssem - Faculty of Physics / Electrical Engineering

Björn Lüssem took on the role of professor at the Institute for Microsensors, -actuators and -systems (IMSAS) in September 2021.


Hans Heinrich Maaß-Radziwill

Dr. Hans Heinrich Maaß-Radziwill - First Director of Finance and Administration

Hans Heinrich Maaß-Radziwill passed away at the age of 85 in August 2021. The legal scholar was the first Director of Finance and Administration at the University of Bremen after its establishment in 1971.


Heidi Schelhowe

Prof. Dr. Heide Schelhowe - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Heidi Schelhowe passed away in August 2021 at the age of 72 years. Between 2011 and 2014, she held the position of Vice President Academic at the University of Bremen.


Prof. Dr. Andrea Muehlebach

Prof. Dr. Andrea Muehlebach – Faculty of Cultural Studies

Andrea Muehlebach has held the role of Professor of Maritime Anthropology and Cultures of Water within the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research at the University of Bremen since August 2021.


Ingo Eilks

Prof. Dr. Ingo Eilks - Faculty of Biology / Chemistry

Ingo Eilks from the Faculty of Biology / Chemistry was awarded the title of MINT Ambassador of the Year 2021.


Jeff Bale

Prof. Dr. Jeff Bale - Faculty of Education Sciences and Pedagogy

Jeff Bale, an educational scientist from the University of Toronto, has been awarded a research fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and took this opportunity to stay in Bremen in June 2021.


Ansgar Gerhardus

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Gerhardus - Faculty of Human and Health Sciences

In May 2021, Ansgar Gerhardus from the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) was appointed a member of the advisory board for the further development of public health services by the Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn.


Vera Schlindwein

Prof. Dr. Vera Schlindwein - Faculty of Geosciences

Since May 2021, Vera Schlindwein has held the role of Professor of Polar and Marine Seismology within the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Bremen.


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Prof. Dr. Kerstin Brandes – Faculty of Cultural Studies

Since April, Kerstin Brandes has held the position of professor of visual culture at the Institute for Art History – Film Studies – Art Education. She previously filled in for this professorship. Kerstin Brandes studied art and English in Oldenburg and Leeds.


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Prof. Dr. Sarah Brommer – Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies

In April, Sarah Brommer took on the role of professor of applied linguistics with a focus on text production research. After studying in Freiburg, one of the things she then researched at the University of Zurich was the influence of digital writing on writing bound by standards.


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Dr. Veronika Settele - Faculty of Social Sciences

The historian Veronika Settele is one of this year’s winners of the German Thesis Award (“Deut- scher Studienpreis”) from the Körber Foundation.


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Dr. Cleis Santos - Faculty of Production Engineering

The chemical and process engineer Dr. Cleis Santos from Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA), Materials Institute, will work as a scholarship holder on the Revamping the Desalination Battery project (REDEBA).


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Dr. Çiğdem Bozdağ - Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences

As a Marie Sklodowska Curie Program scholar- ship holder, the media scientist Dr. Çiğdem Bozdağ from the Kadir Has University Istanbul will be staying at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences until the middle of 2023.


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Prof. Dr. Jan-Henrik Hehemann - Faculty of Biology / Chemistry

In March 2021, Jan-Hendrik Hehemann took on the role of professor of carbon sequestration and glycobiochemistry. He researches the relevance of algae polysaccharides in marine substance flows


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Prof. Dr. Daniel Schmand – Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

In March, Daniel Schmand took on the role of assistant professor of discrete optimization at the Center for Industrial Mathematics. Prior to this, he studied mathematics at the TU Berlin and completed his PhD within the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences at RWTH Aachen.


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Prof. Dr. Marvin Wright – Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Since February, Marvin Wright has held the position of Professor of Machine Learning in Statistics. The appointment took place within the frame of a cooperative professorship together with the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS.


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Prof. Dr. Krasimira Aleksandrova – Faculty of Human and Health Sciences

Krasimira Aleksandrova has been a professor of methods in molecular epidemiology since January. She is also the deputy head of the Department of Epidemiological Methods and Etiological Research at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS.


Anne Levin und Andreas Grünewald

Prof. Dr. Anne Levin | Prof. Dr. Andreas Grünewald

Anne Levin and Andreas Grünewald have received a Tandem Fellowship from Stifterverband and the Baden-Württemberg Foundation.


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Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther - Faculty of Business Studies & Economics

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research appointed Jutta Günther as the chair of the Advisory Board for Research Data Collection of German Economy.


Yvonne Rogers

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Rogers - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Yvonne Rogers from University College London (UCL), an Excellence Chair holder within the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science at the University of Bremen, received the Suffrage Science Award.


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Prof. Dr. Birte Berger-Höger – Faculty of Human and Health Sciences

Since November, Birte Berger-Höger has held the position of Assistant Professor for Nursing Science at the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research. She is taking over the leadership of the Department for Evaluation and Implementation Research in Nursing Science.


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Prof. Dr. Christoph Kulgemeyer - Faculty of Physics / Electrical Engineering

Christoph Kulgemeyer, who has been an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Science Education at the University of Bremen since 2012, accepted the appointment as a W3 professor of didactics of physics at Paderborn University.


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Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister - Faculty of Biology / Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister, vice president academic at the University of Bremen, was appointed a member of the Standing Committee for Studies and Teaching.


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Prof. Dr. Patrick C. Leyens, LL.M. (London) – Faculty of Law

In the winter semester 2020/21, Prof. Dr. Patrick C. Leyens, LL.M. (London) accepted the appointment for the Professorship for Civil, commercial, and Company Law.


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Prof. Dr. Andrea Daase – Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies

Since October, Andrea Daase has been a Professor of German as a Second/Foreign Language. Prior to taking on this role, she filled in for this professorship for three semesters. Daase studied German as a foreign language, Spanish, Latin American studies, and sociology at Bielefeld University.


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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Fehrler - Faculity of Social Sciences

Since September, Sebastian Fehrler has been a professor for the field of economy of social politics at SOCIUM. The research and teaching of his working groups focuses on two areas.


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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Habil. Rainer Fechte-Heinen – Faculty of Production Engineering

Since June, Rainer Fechte-Heinen has held the roles of Professor of Material Engineering/Metals, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Leibniz Institute for Material Engineering (IWT), and Director of the Bremen State Institute for Material Testing.


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Dr. Audrey Morley - Faculty of Geoscience

Dr. Audrey Morley, a geoscientist from the National University of Ireland, Galway, is carrying out research at MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen until the end of August.


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Ankit Kariryaa - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Within the #KI50: Artificial Intelligence in Germany project by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, PhD student Ankit Kariryaa from the Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science was nominated as an AI newcomer and was named one of the top ten talents.


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Prof. Dr. Cornelius Puschmann - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Cornelius Puschmann is a professor of communication and media science with a focus on digital communication at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information research.


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Prof. Dr. Ron Kikinis - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Professor Ron Kikinis, the former director of the Fraunhofer MEVIS Institute for Digital Medicine in Bremen, has accepted an appointment at the renowned Harvard Medical School in the USA. Hewill teach there as the B. Leonard Holman Endowed Professor of Radiology.


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Prof. Dr. Rainer Koschke | Dr. Thilo Mende - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Two software technicians from the Center for Computing Technologies (TZI) at the University of Bremen received the Most Influential Paper Award at the SANER 2020 conference in London (Canada).


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Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal - Faculty of Geosciences

Professor Hildegard Westphal left her position as scientific director, and thus as part of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) management board, in July. After working in the role for ten years, she is handing the scientific lead over.


Portrait Irene Dingeldey

Dr. Irene Dingeldey - Faculty of Social Sciences

In January 2020, Dr. Irene Dingeldey took on the role as the new director of the Institute of Labour and Economy (iaw). The social scientist has been working at the University of Bremen for 20 years.


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Prof. Dr. Alisha M.B. Heinemann - Faculty of Education

Since June, Alisha M.B. Heinemann has consolidated her appointed professorship in pedagogy with a focus of educational paths and diversity.


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Prof. Dr. Gazanfer Belge - Faculty of Biology / Chemistry | Prof. Klaus Peter Dieckmann - Faculty of Biology / Chemistry

The research team of PD Dr. Gazanfer Belge Faculty of Biology/Chemistry and the Hamburg urology professor Klaus-Peter Dieckmann received the Maximilian Nitze Prize at the 71st Congress of the German Urology Association.


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Prof. Dr. Ingrid Darmann-Finck - Faculty of Human and Health Sciences

Professor Ingrid Darmann-Finck from the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research at the University of Bremen received the German Care Prize (“Deutscher Pflegepreis”) for her pioneering work in the field of care pedagogy and care didactics.


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Dr. Tobias Hayer - Human and Health Sciences

The expertise of the gambling researcher Dr. Tobias Hayer from the University of Bremen is sought after in specialist committees and the political sector. The psychologist has been appointed a member of the seven-person advisory board on gambling.


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Andrei Yakovlev - Research Ambassador

In May, Andrei Yakovlev from the Higher School of Economics Moscow was named a Research Ambassador. In this function, he represents the University of Bremen abroad, especially in Russia and East Europe.


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Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf - Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies

Professor Kerstin Knopf was chosen as President Elect for the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS), which is located in Ottawa. From June 2021, she will lead the organization’s work as president for two years.


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Prof. Dr. Andreas Rademacher - Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

Since April, Andreas Rademacher has held the position of professor of mathematical modelling and head of the Modelling and Scientific Computing Working Group at the Center for Industrial Mathematics (ZeTeM), University of Bremen. Rademacher studied mathematics at the University of Dortmund.


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Jörg Holkenbrink - Faculty of Cultural studies

The educational researcher and theater director Jörg Holkenbrink passed away at the age of 64 years in April.


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Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Since April, Andreas Breiter has been the first Chief Digital officer (CDO) of the University of Bremen. His role involves the promotion of digitalization in teaching, research, and administration.


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Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther - Faculty of Business Studies & Economics

Jutta Günther took on the role of Vice President Research in April. She is succeeding the computer science professor Andreas Breiter.


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Prof. Dr. Wiebke Schulz - Faculty of Social Sciences

Wiebke Schulz has been assistant professor of sociology of inequality and social structure analysis since March. She studied sociology in Bremen, Liverpool, and Utrecht.


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Prof. Dr. Manfred Fahle - Faculty of Biology / Chemistry

Professor Manfred Fahle passed away at the age of 69 years in February. Fahle connected many scientific disciplines: He studied medicine, biology, and philosophy. His particular interest was the visual perception and processing in the brain.


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Prof. Dr. Lars Hornuf - Faculty of Business Studies & Economics

Since February, Professor Lars Hornuf has held the professorship for business administration, in particular financial services and financial technology at the Faculty of Business Studies & Economics.


Ruth Schilling

Prof. Dr. Ruth Schilling - Faculty of Social Sciences

Since February 2020, Ruth Schilling has held the position of Professor of Communication of Museum-Related History of Science within the History Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences.


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Prof. Dr. Tanja Schultz - Faculty of Mathematics/Computer science

The computer scientist Professor Tanja Schultz was named an IEEE fellow.


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Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein - head of the Qualiservice research data center

As the head of the Qualiservice research data center, which is part of SOCIUM, Professor Betina Hollstein was appointed member (2020-2023) of the German Data Forum (RatSWD) by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


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Prof. Dr. Simon Lewis - Faculty of Social Sciences

Simon Lewis took on the role of assistant professor of the cultural history of East and East-Central Europe at the Institute of European Studies, University of Bremen.


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Prof. Dr. Natascha Korff - Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences

Since January, Natascha Korff has been a professor of inclusive education with a focus on didactics within the Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences.


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Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu - Faculty of Pedagogy and Education Sciences

Professor Yasemin Karakaşoğlu was voted onto the Executive Committee of the German Aca- demic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the second time. The former vice president international and diversity began her term in office on January 01, 2020.


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Dr. Ruth Abramowski - SOCIUM

Ruth Abramowski, a postdoctoral staff member at SOCIUM, received two prizes for her doctoral dissertation. She received a prize from the Austrian Association of Sociology (ÖGS) in the subject area of family sociology and also the AK Science Prize 2019 from the Salzburg Chamber of Labor.


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Prof. Dr. Gritt Klinkhammer - Faculty of Cultural Studies

The religious studies scholar Prof. Dr. Gritt Klinkhammer was appointed a member of the German Islam Conference (DIK) Advisory Board.


Portrait Julia Borst

Dr. Julia Borst - Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies

Dr. Julia Borst, a postdoctoral researcher in the field of romance studies in the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies and vice spokesperson of the Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies (INPUTS).


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Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner - Faculty of Geosciences

Since November 2019, Frank Oliver Glöckner has been a professor for the field of earth systems data science within the Faculty of Geosciences. His appointment was made in cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).


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Dr.-Ing. Peer Woizeschke - Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology

The early career researcher Dr. Peer Woizeschke from Bremen was honored for his research in the field of lightweight engineering for laser- based production of multi-mate- rial structures.


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Prof. Dr. Thomas Leapple - Faculty of Geosciences

Thomas Laepple has also been a professor of earth system diagnostics within the Faculty of Geosciences since November 2019. His appointment was made in cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).


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PD Dr. Karen Struve - Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies

The romance scholar PD Dr. Karen Struve received the Elise Richter Prize from the German Society of Romance Philology in October 2019 for her post- doctoral thesis Wild Knowledge in the “Encyclopédie.”


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Prof. Dr. Joris Lammers - Faculty of Human and Health Sciences

Joris Lammers has been a professor of social psychology and labor and organizational psychology within the Faculty of Human and Health Sciences since October 2019.


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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Siebertz - Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science

Professor Sebastian Siebertz took over the Theoretical Computer Science working group within the Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science in September 2019. After having grown up in Cologne, Siebertz studied computer science at RWTH Aachen until 2011.


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Prof. Dr. Anja Starke - Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences

Anja Starke has been a professor of inclusive pedagogy with a focus on language within the Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences since September 2019. She studied rehabilitation pedagogy and clinical linguistics at the universities in Dortmund and Bielefeld.


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Prof. Dr. Janine Kirstein - Faculty of Biology / Chemistry

Since August 2019, Janine Kirstein has been a newly appointed professor of cell biology within the Faculty of Biology/ Chemistry. She studied biology at the University of Greifswald and subsequently moved to Heidelberg for her PhD and then to Berlin.


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Prof. Dr. Aseem Kinra - Faculty of Business Studies & Economics

Aseem Kinra has been a professor of global supply chain management within the Faculty of Business Studies & Economics since May 2019.


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Prof. Dr. Markus Janczyk - Faculty of Human and Health Sciences

The psychology professor Markus Janczyk received this year’s science prize for early career researchers from the Wilhelm Wundt Society. The prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in foundation research within the field of psychology.


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Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz - Faculty of Business Studies & Economics

Michael Rochlitz has been professor of economics with a focus on institutional economics within the Faculty of Business Studies & Economics at the University of Bremen since April 2019. He studied development studies and development economics in Paris and London.