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Selection Committees of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Contact

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Selection Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn, Germany

Fax: 0228-833 212
info[at]avh.de

As of May 2021

The central instrument for conferring Humboldt Research Fellowships is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research fellowships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

 

As of: May 2021

Chair

Professorin Dr. Katja Becker
Präsidentin der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn

(Proxy: Professor Dr. Gerald Schneider, Professor Dr.-Ing. Jörg Schröder, Professor Dr. Helle D. Ulrich)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Ulrich Becker
    Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik, München
  • Professor Dr. Andreas Beyer
    Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Basel
  • Professor Dr. Günter Brenn
    Institut für Strömungslehre und Wärmeübertragung, Technische Universität Graz
  • Professor Dr. Helge Bruelheide
    Institut für Biologie - Geobotanik und Botanischer Garten, Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  • Professor Dr. Christian Büchel
    Institut für Systemische Neurowissenschaften, Zentrum für Experimentelle Medizin, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Professor Dr. Matei Chihaia
    Fachbereich A, Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften - Romanistik, Universität Wuppertal
  • Professorin Dr. Susanne Crewell
    Institut für Geophysik und Meteorologie (IGM), Universität Köln
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Dandekar
    Lehrstuhl für Bioinformatik, Universität Würzburg
  • Professor Dr. Gerhard Dehm
    Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf
  • Professor Dr. Fabian Essler
    Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford
  • Professor Dr. Andreas Fery
    Teilinstitut Physikalische Chemie und Physik Polymerer Materialien, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.
  • Professor Dr. Jonathan Finley
    Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Fischer
    Institut für Integrierte Naturwissenschaften, Universität Koblenz-Landau
  • Professorin Dr. Katharina Franke
    Institut für Experimentalphysik, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Karl Gegenfurtner
    Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie, Universität Gießen
  • Professor Dr. Michael Gelinsky
    Zentrum für Translationale Knochen-, Gelenk- und Weichgewebeforschung, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Professor Dr. Frank Glorius
    Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Universität Münster
  • Professorin Dr. Tanja Gulder
    Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Leipzig
  • Professor Dr. Christian Hackenbecker
    Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Arthur Hebecker
    Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Heidelberg
  • Dr. Janosch Hennig
    Biological Structure and Biocomputing Programme, EMBL Heidelberg - European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Professor Dr. Fabian Herweg
    Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Bayreuth
  • Professor Dr. Francois Holtz
    Institut für Mineralogie, Universität Hannover
  • Professorin Dr. Ulrike Holzgrabe
    Institut für Pharmazie und Lebensmittelchemie, Universität Würzburg
  • Professor Dr. Sebastian Jessberger
    Institut für Hirnforschung, Universität Zürich
  • Professor Dr. Ansgar Jüngel
    Institut für Analysis und Scientific Computing, Technische Universität Wien
  • Professor Dr. Karl-Heinz Kampert
    Fachbereich C - Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, Universität Wuppertal
  • Professor Dr. Axel Klar
    Fachbereich Mathematik, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Professorin Dr. Anja Klöckner
    Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften, Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Jörg Knieling
    Universität für Baukunst und Raumentwicklung Fachgebiet Stadtplanung und Regionalentwicklung, Universität Hamburg
  • Professorin Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer
    Institut für Angewandte Materialien -Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik (IAM-WET), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Professorin Dr.-Ing Manja Krüger
    Institut für Werkstoff- und Fügetechnik Universitätsplatz 2 Lehrstuhl für Hochtemperaturwerkstoffe, Universität Magdeburg
  • Professorin Dr. Alexandra N. Lenz
    Institut für Germanistik, Universität Wien
  • Professor Dr. Christoph Levin
    Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Abteilung Altes Testament, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
  • Professorin Dr. Erica Lilleodden
    Institut für Werkstoffforschung, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht GmbH
  • Professor Dr. Hartmut Löwen
    Institut für Theoretische Physik II, Universität Düsseldorf
  • Professorin Dr.-Ing. Marion Merklein
    Lehrstuhl für Fertigungstechnologie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professorin Dr. Julia S. Meyer
    PHELIQS Lab CAE, Université Greoble-Alpes
  • Professor Dr. Johannes Neugebauer
    Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Universität Münster
  • Professor Dr. Peter Oestmann
    Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, Universität Münster
  • Professor Dr. Johannes Paulmann
    Abteilung für Universalgeschichte, Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz
  • Professor Dr. Dennis Pausch
    Institut für Klassische Philologie, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Petermann
    Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik, Technischen Universität Berlin
  • Professorin Dr. Ursula Renz
    Institut für Philosophie, Universität Klagenfurt
  • Professor Dr. Philipp Richter
    Institut für Physik und Astronomie, Universität Potsdam
  • Professor Dr. Tobias Rosefeldt
    Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Professor Dr. David Scheschkewitz
    Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie, Universität des Saarlandes
  • Professorin Dr. Ruth Schmitz-Streit
    Institut für Allgemeine Mikrobiologie, Universität Kiel
  • Professor Dr. Gerald Schneider
    Fachbereich für Politik- und Verwaltungswissenschaft, Universität Konstanz
  • Professorin Dr. Melanie Schnell
    Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Jörg Schröder
    Fachbereich Bauwissenschaften, Institut für Mechanik, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Professorin Dr. Dorothea Schulz
    Fachbereich 08- Geschichte/ Philosophie, Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Münster
  • Professorin Dr. Brigitta Schütt
    Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Matthias Schütt
    Institut für Algebraische Geometrie, Universität Hannover
  • Professorin Dr. Antje Schwalb
    Institut für Geosysteme und Bioindikation, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Professorin Dr. Dr. Michal-Ruth Schweiger
    Institut für Translationale Epigenetik und Tumorgenetik, Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC), Universität Köln
  • Professorin Dr. Marja Timmermans
    Zentrum für Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen (ZMBP), Universität Tübingen
  • Professorin Dr. Helle Ulrich
    Institut für Molekulare Biologie (IMB) gGmbH, Universität Mainz
  • Professorin Dr. Miriam M. Unterlass
    Institut für Materialchemie, Technische Universität Wien
  • Professor Dr. Klaus Wehrle
    Fachbereich 1 - Informatik, Lehrstuhl für Kommunikation & Verteilte Systeme, Technische Hochschule Aachen
  • Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wiemer
    Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Gunther Wittstock
    Institut für Chemie, Universität Oldenburg
  • Professor Dr. Matthias Wuttig
    I. Physikalisches Institut, Technische Hochschule Aachen
  • Professorin Dr. Cornelia Zumbusch
    Institut für Germanistik, Universität Hamburg

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

Representatives of our funders:

  • Auswärtiges Amt
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
  • Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

Representatives of the following partner organisations:

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

As of May 2019

The central instrument for conferring certain research awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research awards.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

As of May 2021

Chair

Professorin Dr. Julia Fischer
(Proxy:
Professor Dr. Heinz-Peter Mansel
Professorin Dr. Claudia Olk)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Thorsten Bach
    Lehrstuhl für Organische Chemie 1, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Matthias Bartelmann
    Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik, Universität Heidelberg
  • Professorin Dr. Heike Behrens
    Deutsches Seminar, Universität Basel
  • Professorin Dr. Monika Betzler
    Lehrstuhl für Philosophie V, Universität München (LMU)
  • Professor Dr. Immanuel Bloch
    Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (MPQ), Garching
  • Professor Dr. Oliver Einsle
    Institut für Biochemie, Universität Freiburg
  • Professor Dr. Anton Eisenhauer
    GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
  • Professor Dr. Reinhard Fässler
    Abteilung für Molekulare Medizin, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried
  • Professorin Dr. Julia Fischer
    Deutsches Primatenzentrum - Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung, Göttingen
  • Professor Dr. Roland A. Fischer
    Lehrstuhl für Anorganische und Metallorganische Chemie, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Rudolf O. Gross
    Walther-Meissner-Institut für Tieftemperaturforschung, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Garching
  • Professorin Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen
    Fakultät für Chemie und Biochemie, Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie II, Universität Bochum
  • Professor Dr. Jörn Leonhard
    Historisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg
  • Professor Dr. Heinz-Peter Mansel
    Institut für Internationales und Ausländisches Privatrecht, Universität zu Köln
  • Professor Dr. Thomas F. Münte
    Klinik für Neurologie (Lübeck), Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein
  • Professorin Dr. Klara Nahrstedt
    Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Professorin Dr. Claudia Olk
    Department für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität München (LMU)
  • Professor Dr. Achim Rosch
    Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Köln
  • Professor Dr. Erich Schröger
    Institut für Psychologie, Universität Leipzig
  • Professor Dr.-Ing Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern
    Fachgruppe Physikalisch-chemische Grundlagen der Prozeßtechnik, Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme, Magdeburg
  • Professor Dr. Karl-Theodor Sturm
    Institut für Angewandte Mathematik, Universität Bonn
  • Professor Dr. Uwe Sunde
    Seminar für Bevölkerungsökonomie, Universität München (LMU)
  • Professor Dr. Urs Achim Wiedemann
    Division PH, CERN, Genf

Voting Non-specialist Committee Members

Representatives of our funders:

  • Auswärtiges Amt
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
  • Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

Representatives of the following partner organisations:

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • Fritz Thyssen Stiftung (voting right in the Reimar Lüst Award Programme)

As of May 2021

The central instrument for conferring Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research fellowships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

 

As of May 2021

Chair

Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Reißig
(Proxy: Professor Dr. Harald Strauß)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professorin Dr. Anne Baillot
    Faculté des Lettres, Langues et Sciences humaines, Le Mans Université
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Benzing
    Klinik II für Innere Medizin, Universität zu Köln
  • Professor Dr. Martin Burger
    Naturwissenschaftlische Fakultät, Department Mathematik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professorin Dr. Stefanie Dehnen
    Fachbereich 15: Chemie, Fachgebiet Anorganische Chemie, Universität Marburg
  • Professor Dr. Sebastian Diehl
    Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität zu Köln
  • Professor Dr. Gerhard Ernst
    Institut für Philosophie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professorin Dr. Saskia F. Fischer
    Institut für Physik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Professorin Dr. Stefanie Gräfe
    Chemisch-Geowissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Jena
  • Professorin Dr. Beate Kellner
    Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Universität München
  • Professorin Dr. Gabriele Metzler
    Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Professorin Dr. Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer
    Institut für Quantenoptik, Universität Hannover
  • Professorin Dr. Uta Paszkowski
    Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Reißig
    Institut für Chemie und Biochemie – Abteilung Organische Chemie, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Professorin Dr. Karen A. Shire
    Fakultät für Gesellschaftswissenschaften,  Institut für Soziologie, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Professor Dr. Harald Strauß
    Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie, Universität Münster
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher
    Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme, Fachgruppe Prozesstechnik, Magdeburg

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

Representatives of our funders:

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Liaison Office, Bonn
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

Representatives of the following partner organisations:

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

As of May 2021

The central instrument for conferring Georg Forster Research Fellowships and Georg Forster Research Awards is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for research fellowships and awards.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognized researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of public and private funders; non-voting representatives of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review the applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • experience in scientific cooperation with developing and transition countries
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

 

As of: May 2021

Chair

Professorin Dr. Ute Spiekerkötter

(Proxy: Professor Dr. Manuel Cancio Meliá )

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Holm J. Altenbach
    Institut für Mechanik, Universität Magdeburg
  • Professorin Dr. Paola Ayala
    Fakultät für Physik, Universität Wien
  • Professor Dr. Ismail Cakmak
    Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences, Sabanci University
  • Professor Dr. Manuel Cancio Meliá
    Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • Professorin Dr. Aranzazu del Campo Becares
    Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH (INM), Saarbrücken
  • Professorin Dr. Uta Dickhöfer
    Institut für Tropische Agrarwissenschaften (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institut), Universität Hohenheim
  • Professorin Dr. Bettina Engels
    Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Professorin Dr. Ute Fendler
    Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Lehrstuhl für Romanische Literaturwissenschaft und Komparatistik, Universität Bayreuth
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Fillitz
    Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Universität Wien
  • Professorin Dr. Nicola Fohrer
    Ökologie-Zentrum, Fachabteilung für Hydrologie und Wasserwirtschaft, Universität Kiel
  • Professor Dr. Lutz Heide
    Pharmazeutisches Institut, Universität Tübingen
  • Professor Dr. Peter Imkeller
    Institut für Mathematik, Bereich Stochastik, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Franc Meyer
    Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität Göttingen
  • Professor Dr. Gerd Pluschke
    Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut, Swiss TPH, Basel
  • Professor Dr. Norbert Sewald
    Institut für Organische und Bioorganische Chemie, Universität Bielefeld
  • Professorin Dr. Ute Spiekerkötter
    Klinik für Allgemeine Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
  • Professorin Dr. Hildegard Westphal
    Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT) GmbH, Bremen

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

Representatives of our funder:

  • Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung
     

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

Representatives of the following partner organisation:

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

 

As of May 2021

The central instrument for conferring the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report to the committee. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for the bestowal of Alexander von Humboldt Professorships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognised researchers of various disciplines (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting and non-voting representatives of public and private funders as well as representatives of other science (funding) organisations and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • preferably broad scientific expertise
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee
  • including researchers who work abroad whilst ensuring the necessary familiarity with the German science system.

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed once.

 

Chairperson

Professor Dr. Hans-Christian Pape
Präsident der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professorin Dr. Andrea Abele-Brehm
    Department Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Professor Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer
    Fakultät für Physik, Institut für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation, Universität Wien
  • Professorin  Dr. Marlene Bartos
    Institut für Physiologie I, Universität Freiburg
  • Professor Dr. Oliver Brock
    Robotics and Biology Laboratory, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Professorin Dr. Nicole Dubilier
    Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie, Bremen
  • Professor Dr. Daniel Frost
    Bayerisches Forschungsinstitut für Experimentelle Geochemie und Geophysik (BGI), Universität Bayreuth
  • Professorin Dr. Gesine Hansen
    Zentrum Kinderheilkunde und Jugendmedizin, Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinderheilkunde und Jugendmedizin, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  • Professor Dr. Gerhard Huisken
    Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO)
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Kaufmann
    Theologische Fakultät, Seminar Kirchengeschichte, Universität Göttingen
  • Professor Dr. Kristian Kersting
    Fachbereich Informatik, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Professor Dr. Dr. Thomas Lengauer
    Abteilung 3: Bioinformatik und Angewandte Algorithmik, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken
  • Professor Dr. Dierk Raabe
    Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf
  • Professorin Dr. Ruth Signorell
    Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie, ETH Zürich
  • Professorin Dr. Judith Simon
    Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg
  • Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider
    Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Benedikt Stuchtey
    Fachgebiet Neuere und Neueste Geschichte II - Neueste Geschichte, Universität Marburg
  • Professorin Dr. Maria-Roser Valenti
    Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Professorin Dr. Ulrike von Luxburg
    Wilhelm-Schickard-Institut für Informatik, Universität Tübingen

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

Representatives of our funders:

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Hochschulrektorenkonferenz
  • Ständige Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder

Representative of non-university research institutions:

  • currently: Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

Non-specialist Non-voting Committee Members

Representatives of the following partner organisations:

  • Auswärtiges Amt

 

As of May 2021

Chair

Professor Dr. Hans-Christian Pape
(Co-Chair: Professor Dr. Martin Stratmann)

Voting Non-specialist Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Hans-Christian Pape
    Präsident der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
  • Professor Dr. Martin Stratmann
    Präsident der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
  • Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider
    Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Jörg Hacker
    Alt-Präsident der Leopoldina - Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften

Representative of our funder:

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Voting Specialist Committee Members

up to three specialist academics who are newly appointed in each selection round

Representative of the following partner organisation:

  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (chair of the nomination committee, no voting right)

As of March 2021

Chair

Dr. Enno Aufderheide
Secretary General
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Committee Members

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • University of Cologne:
    Prof. Dr. Konrad Brockmeier
    Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Pediatric Cardiology
  • Bielefeld University:
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Faist
    Professor of Sociology of Transnationalization, Migration and Development
  • Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg:
    Prof. Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach
    Professor of International Politics of Human Rights
  • German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina:
    Dr. Marina Koch-Krumrei
    Head of International Relations Department
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
    Dr. Johanna Kowol-Santen
    Head Physics and Chemistry and Deputy Head Scientific Affairs
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology:
    Prof. Dr. Annie Powell
    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
  • German Rectors' Conference:
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter
    Vice-President for International Affairs and President of the University of Bremen
  • Council for At-Risk Academics:
    Prof. Dr. Paul Weindling
    Wellcome Trust Research Professor in the History of Medicine
    Oxford Brookes University
    Trustee, Council of At-Risk Academics
     

As of April 2021

Chair

Dr. Steffen Mehlich
Leiter der Abteilung Förderung und Netzwerk der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Further Committee Members

  • Auswärtiges Amt,
    Wissenschaft und Hochschulen:
    Stefan Delfs
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung,
    Internationaler Austausch im Hochschulbereich, Internationalisierung:
    N.N.
  • Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung,
    Hochschulbildung und Wissenschaft:
    Daniel Braun
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft,
    Wissenschaftliche Geräte und Informationstechnik:
    Dr. Johannes Janssen
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst,
    Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und überregionale Projekte:
    Dr. Ursula Paintner
  • Hochschulrektorenkonferenz,
    Internationale Angelegenheiten:
    Marijke Wahlers

 

As of May 2021

Chair

Professor Dr. Barbara Göbel
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlin

Further Committee Members

  • Professor Dr. Juliavon Maltzan Pacheco
    Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Department of International Relations, Sao Paulo
  • Professor Dr. Barbara Potthast
    Universität Köln, Iberische und Lateinamerikanische Abteilung des Historischen Seminars, Köln
  • Dr. Christian Roschmann
    Lefosse Advogados, Sao Paulo
  • Thomas Timm
    Deutsch-Brasilianische Industrie- und Handelskammer, Sao Paulo
  • Representative of the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

As of May 2021

Chair

Guoqiang Wei
Commerzbank AG, Shanghai

Further Committee Members

  • Wei Jing
    HRT Investment & Management (Group) Co., Ltd, Suzhou
  • Michael Maeder
    Ward Howell International China, Shanghai
  • Professorin Dr. Kristin Shi-Kupfer
    Fachbereich II – Sinologie, Universität Trier
  • Christian Sommer
    German Center, Shanghai
  • Representative of the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

As of May 2021

Chair

Professor Dr. Rekha Vaidya Rajan
Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Languages, Centre of German Studies, Delhi

Further Committee Members

  • Dr. Sankarshan Basu
    Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Vinesh Kumar Jairath
    Mumbai
  • Dr. Sanak Mishra
    Indian National Academy of Engineering, Gurgaon
  • Dr. Shanti Pappu
    Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, Chennai & Deccan College, Pune
  • Bernhard Steinruecke
    Indo-German Chamber Of Commerce, Mumbai
  • Representative of the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
     

As of May 2021

Chair

Dr. Stefan Meister
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), Berlin

Further Committee Members

  • Dr. Irina Kalinina
    LegalStudies.RU, Moskau
  • Olga Kizina
    SHUSHA Design Studio, Moskau
  • Professor Dr. Tatjana Nikitina
    St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance, Sankt Petersburg
  • Dr. Martin Schneider
    Hauptgeschäftsführer, Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V., Düsseldorf
  • Representative of the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

As of September 2021

Committee Members

  • Matthias Boddenberg
    Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Johannesburg
  • William Roy Goldstone
    Durban University of Technology, Durban
  • Dr. Duane Jethro
    University of Cape Town, Cape Town
  • Lerato Moloi
    Standard Bank Group, Johannesburg
  • Dr. Melanie Müller
    Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin
  • Louisa Barbara Zondo
    Diaz Reus and Targ International Alliance of Law Firms, Johannesburg
  • Representative of the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

As of May 2021

Chair

Dr. Jackson Janes
Johns Hopkins University, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS),Washington, DC

Committee Members

  • James D. Bindenagel
    Universität Bonn, Center for International Security and Governance, Bonn
  • Dr. Cathleen S. Fisher
    American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Stormy-Annika Mildner
    Aspen Institute Germany, Berlin
  • Stefanie Ziska
    German American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, GA
  • Representative of the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

As of May 2021

Chair

Professor Matias de Oliveira Pinto
Universität Münster

Commitee Members

  • Professorin Márta Gulyás
    Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spanien
  • Professor Koh Gabriel Kameda
    Musikhochschule Münster, Universität Münster
  • Professorin Elena Mendoza Lopez
    Fakultät Musik, Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Professorin Maria José Rielo Blanco
    Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, Barcelona, Spanien
  • Professor Dr. José A. Rodriguez-Quiles y Garcia
    Universidad de Granada, Spanien

As of May 2021

The central instrument for conferring International Climate Protection Fellowships is an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report back in writing. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for the bestowal of International Climate Protection Fellowships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognised researchers of various disciplines as well as individuals who, due to their background and personal qualifications, are particularly well suited to assess young leaders and their potential as mediators and multipliers in the broader field of climate protection and resource conservation (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of the public funder as well as of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • broad scientific or practical expertise in the field of climate protection and resource conservation
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.

 

As of May 2021

Chair

Professor Dr. Martin Zimmer
(Proxy: Hortensia Solis)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Dr.-Ing. Richard Arthur
    Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Koforidua Technical University, Ghana
  • Professorin Dr. Aletta Bonn
    Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ, Leipzig
  • Professorin Dr. Olanike Deji
    Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • Dr. Ines Dombrowsky
    Programmbereich Umwelt-Governance, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik gGmbH (DIE), Bonn
  • Dr. Johannes Flacke
    Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Enschede, Niederlande
  • Professor Dr. Romain Lucas Glele Kakai
    Faculty of Agronomic sciences, Universite d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • Dr. Amol A. Kulkarni
    Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, Indien
  • Professor Dr. Harald Kunstmann
    Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Professorin Dr. Claudia Künzer
    Standort Oberpfaffenhofen, Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Weßling
  • Professor Dr. Markus Lederer
    Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Schomerus
    Institut für Nachhaltigkeitssteuerung, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
  • Professor Dr. Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho
    Instituto de Geosciencias-CPTMC, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brasilien
  • Hortensia Solis
    Viaje con Cafe, Den Haag, Niederlande / San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Professorin Dr.-Ing. Yujun Yi
    School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, VR China
  • Professor Dr. Martin Zimmer
    Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie (ZMT) GmbH, Bremen

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

Representatives of our funder and partner organisations:

  • Renewables Academy AG, Berlin
  • Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit, Berlin
  • Centre for Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management,
    Technische Universität Dresden
  • Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Osnabrück
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI), Berlin
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Bonn

 

As of May 2021

 

Chair

Professorin Dr. Simone Fulda
(in Stellvertretung: Professor Dr. Bernd Kortmann)

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professorin Dr. Barbara Albert
    Eduard Zintl-Institut für Anorganische und Physikalische Chemie, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Professor Dr. Flavio Anselmetti
    Institut für Geologie, Universität Bern
  • Professor Dr. Lucas Brunsveld
    Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Professorin Dr. Silke Bühler-Paschen
    Institut für Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Wien
  • Professorin Dr. Laura Covi
    Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Göttingen
  • Professor Dr. Daniel Cremers
    Fakultäten für Informatik & Mathematik, Lehrstuhl für Bildverarbeitung und künstliche Intelligenz, Technische Universität München
  • Professorin Dr. Simone Fulda
    Präsidentin der Universität Kiel
  • Professor Dr. Christoph Halbig
    Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
  • Professor Dr. Michael J. Hoffmann
    Institut für Angewandte Materialien IAM, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Professor Dr. Christoph Jacob
    Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universität Braunschweig
  • Professor Dr. Bernd Kortmann
    Philologische Fakultät, Englisches Seminar, Universität Freiburg
  • Professor Dr. Tosso Leeb
    Institut für Genetik, Universität Bern
  • Professorin  Dr. Andrea Lenschow
    Fachbereich Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Osnabrück
  • Professor Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel
    Historisches Seminar, Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Holger Rauhut
    Lehrstuhl für Mathematik der Informationsverarbeitung, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

Representatives of our funder:

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung