Scholars at Risk Network - Germany Section

The German Section of the global Scholars at Risk Network is composed of German universities, research institutions and science organisations that campaign to support and offer sanctuary to researchers under threat as well as to protect academic freedom.

Scholars at Risk Network - Germany Section

The German Section of the Scholars at Risk Network (for short: SAR Germany Section) was established under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on 20 September 2016 in Bonn. The German SAR Network organises, amongst other things, a series of events, all with the aim of promoting sustained experience and information sharing on the situation of endangered researchers in Germany and beyond. Participation in these events is open to all interested universities and research institutions. Severe cases of endangerment of single researchers or groups of researchers may be reported to the German Rectors’ Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz), a member of the SAR Germany Section’s Steering Group (contact person: Dr. Gordon Bölling,

The members of the SAR Germany Section

All institutions in Germany that have registered with the Scholars at Risk Network also belong to the German SAR Network. Until 31 March 2022, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has taken on the role of central contact point for the German Section. German universities and research institutions are invited to become members of the worldwide SAR Network and thus automatically join the SAR Germany Section.

All member institutions of the German network and their respective contact persons can be found in the legend to the map of Germany below. In some federal states there are also regional networks.

The Scholars at Risk Network in Europe

The activities of the national Scholars at Risk sections in Europe are supported by Scholars at Risk Europe, the European office of the global Scholars at Risk network. SAR Europe is hosted at Maynooth University, Ireland. It coordinates InSPIREurope, an ambitious 10-partner Europe-wide initiative to support researchers at risk. Partners include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Collège de France, the European University Association, as well as universitites in Norway, Sweden, Poland, and Greece. InSPIREurope is funded under the European Commission’s Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions, and will forge a coordinated, cross-sectoral, Europe-wide alliance for researchers at risk. Please find more information on the project here.

The worldwide Scholars at Risk Network

The SAR Germany Section is part of the worldwide Scholars at Risk Network (for short: SAR Network), an international network of more than 500 universities in 38 countries which support researchers under threat. The worldwide SAR Network’s offices in New York can help to arrange placements for endangered researchers at host institutions and to ascertain risk status for the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative.

List of members including contacts and contact information

*founding member
  • RWTH Aachen
    Dr. Henriette Finsterbusch

    Email: henriette.finsterbusch(at)

  • U Bayreuth*
    Thorsten Parchent

    Email: thorsten.parchent(at)

  • Alice Salomon HS Berlin*
    Prof. Dr. Esra Erdem

    Email: esra.erdem(at)

  • Bard College Berlin*
    Prof. Dr. Kerry Bystrom

    Email: k.bystrom(at)

  • FU Berlin*
    Dr. Stefan Rummel

    Email: stefan.rummel(at)

  • HWR Berlin*
    Prof. Dr. Susanne Meyer

    Email: susanne.meyer(at)

  • HU Berlin
    Dr. David Glowsky

    Email: david.glowsky(at)

  • International Psychoanalytic University Berlin*
    Carmen Scher

    Email: carmen.scher(at)

  • TU Berlin
    Baris Ünal

    Email: baris.uenal(at)

  • U Bielefeld*
    Eleni Andrianopulu

    Email: eleni.andrianopulu(at)

  • RU Bochum*
    Iris Vernekohl

    Email: iris.vernekohl(at)

  • U Bonn*
    Welcome Center for International Researchers

    Email: welcome(at)

  • U Bremen
    Julia Holz

    Email: julia.holz(at)

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD)
    Rachel Estévez Prado

    Email: estevez(at)

  • TU Darmstadt*
    Aaron Szczerba

    Email: aaron.szczerba(at)

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
    Kathrin Kohs

    Email: kathrin.kohs(at)

  • TU Dresden*
    Natalie Jane Brindle

    Email: natalie_jane.brindle(at)

  • U Düsseldorf
    Dr. Sigrun Wegener-Feldbrügge

    Email: wegenerf(at)

  • U Duisburg-Essen*
    Petra Günther

    Email: welcome(at)

  • KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
    Dr. Julia Devlin

    Email: julia.devlin(at)

  • Europa-Universität Flensburg
    Antje Dreyer

    E-Mail: antje.dreyer(at)

  • Europa-U Frankfurt (Oder)
    Claudia Casiano

    Email: casiano(at)

  • U Freiburg
    Katharina Aly

    Email: katharina.aly(at)

  • U Gießen
    Silvia Boide

    Email: silvia.boide(at)

  • U Göttingen*
    Nadine Dreyer

    Email: nadine.dreyer(at)

  • FernUni Hagen
    Dr. Ingrid Thaler

    Email: ingrid.thaler(at)

  • U Hamburg*
    Kristin Günther

    Email: kristin.guenther(at)

  • U Hannover
    Manuela Schimmels

    Email: manuela.schimmels(at)

  • Stiftung (Foundation) U Hildesheim
    Dr. Christian Dittmann

    Email: christian.dittmann(at)

  • Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (German Rectors' Conference)
    Dr. Gordon Bölling

    Email: boelling(at)

    Marijke Wahlers

    Email: wahlers(at)

  • U Hohenheim
    Hans-Peter Letzgus

    Email: Hans-Peter.Letzgus(at)

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology*
    Dr. Petra Roth

    Email: petra.roth(at)

  • U Kassel
    Dr. Randolf Oberschmidt

    Email: oberschmidt(at)

  • TH Köln
    Martina Brüderle

    Email: martina.bruederle(at)

  • U Köln*
    Dr. Johannes Müller

    Email: johannes.mueller(at)

  • U Konstanz
    Dr. Johannes Dingler

    Email: johannes.dingler(at)

  • HS Mannheim*
    Prof. Dr. Dieter Leonhard

    Email: rektor(at)

  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
    Dr. Barbara Spielmann

    Email: spielmann(at)

  • TU München
    Neele Meyer

    Email: meyern(at)

  • U Münster
    Silke-Maria Homeyer

    Email: maria.homeyer(at)

  • U Paderborn
    Davina Stiller

    Email: davina.stiller(at)

  • U Potsdam
    Claudia Rößling

    Email: claudia.roessling(at)

  • University Alliance Ruhr (RU Bochum, TU Dortmund, U Duisburg-Essen)
    Peter Rosenbaum

    Email: rosenbaum(at)

  • U Siegen*
    Dr. Nina Fenn

    Email: nina.fenn(at)

  • U Tübingen*
    Kirsten Sonnenschein

    Email: kirsten.sonnenschein(at)

  • U Wuppertal
    Donata Weinbach

    Email: weinbach(at)

Regional networks

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg (Contact details to follow)
  • Bavaria (Contact details to follow)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (Contact details to follow)
  • University Alliance Ruhr (Contact: Peter Rosenbaum, E-Mail:


SAR Germany Section – Secretariat
Katja Machacsek
Programme Officer
Strategic Planning Division
Phone: +49 (0)228 833 182
Fax: +49 (0)228 833 114


Dr. Barbara Sheldon
Head of Strategic Planning Division
Managing Director Philipp Schwartz Initiative

Frank Albrecht
Programme Director
Philipp Schwartz-Initiative



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26 - 28 April 2021, Berlin

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25 - 28 March 2020, USA
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