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Rector of Heidelberg UniversityCurriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr rer. nat. habil. Dr h.c. Bernhard Eitel

Dr h.c. Comenius University Bratislava
Rector of Heidelberg University

Personal Information

Born in 1959 in Karlsruhe.

Education

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1994
Habilitation, Department of Geography, University of Stuttgart
Habilitation Title: "Kalkreiche Decksedimente und Kalkkrustengenerationen in Namibia: Zur Frage der Herkunft und Mobilisierung des Calciumcarbonats." ("Calcium-Rich Cover Beds and Calcrete Generations in Namibia: On the Origin and Mobilization of the Calcium Carbonate")
1989
Doctorate, Department of Geography, University of Stuttgart (with Honours)
Dissertation Title: "Morphogenese im südlichen Kraichgau unter besonderer Berücksichtigung tertiärer und pleistozäner Decksedimente. Ein Beitrag zur Landschaftsgeschichte Südwestdeutschlands." ("Morphogenesis in the Southern Kraichgau with Respect to the Tertiary and Pleistocene Cover Beds: A Contribution to Landscape History in Southwest Germany")
1980–1986
Staatsexamen, Geography and German, University of Karlsruhe (TH)

Academic Career

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Since 2001
Full Professorship (C4) of Physical Geography, Heidelberg University
2001
Offered full professorship of Physical Geography, University of Bayreuth (declined)
2000
Offered full professorship (C4) of Physical Geography, University of Göttingen (declined)
1995
Professor (C3) for Physical Geography, University of Passau
1989–1995
Akademischer Rat (Associate Professor), Department of Geography, University of Stuttgart
1989
Scientist at the Department of Geography, University of Stuttgart
1986–1989
Scientist at the Department of Geography and Geoecology, University of Karlsruhe (TH)

Functions in academic self-administration

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Since 2007
Rector of Heidelberg University
2006–2007
Vice Dean for Earth Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
2005–2006
Spokesman of the University Senate
2004–2006
Dean of the Combined Faculties of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
2002–2004
Vice Dean for Earth Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Memberships (Selection)

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Since 2021
Chairman of the 4EU+ European University Alliance
Since 2021
Member of the Board of Directors of the League of European Research Universities (LERU)
Since 2019
Member of the Governing Board of the 4EU+ European University Alliance
2018–2020
Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg state Rectors' Conference
Since 2017
Vice Chairman Council Science Media Center Germany (SMC)
2016–2018
Vice Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg state Rectors' Conference
2012–2014
Spokesman of the German U15, a strategic interest group for outstanding research universities with top medical faculties
2006–2007
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Research Group (AK) on Geomorphology (Deutscher AK für Geomorphologie in der DGfG e.V.)
2005
Commission Member of the State of Niedersachsen Commission for the Evaluation of Research in the Departments of Geography in the State’s Universities
2004–2009
Member of the UNESCO-IGCP 500 Management Group “Westerlies and Monsoons: Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Dryland Environments, Hydrology and People”
2004–2007
Committee Member of the Heidelberg Geographic Society (Heidelberger Geographischen Gesellschaft [HGG])
2002
Steering Committee Member of the GeoUnion (Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung)
2002–2007
Member of the Executive Commission of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG)-Working Group on “Interaction between Fluvial, Aeolian and Lacustrine Processes in Arid Regions”
2002–2006
Chairman of the Research Group on Geomorphology in the German Society for Geography
2002–2004
Chairman of the Heidelberg Geographic Society
1994–2002
Member of the Supervisory Board for the Research Group on Geomorphology in the German Society for Geography

Awards & Distinctions

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2021
Awarded with the Gold Medal of Charles University in Prague
2021
Awarded with the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” of the state of Japan for the many years of commitment to the founding and build-up of HeKKSaGOn, a German-Japanese university consortium
2019
Awarded with the “Pro Universitate” medal of the Semmelweis University Budapest for the promotion of scientific exchange and partnership between the universities of Budapest and Heidelberg
2016
Honored by the Geological Society of America with the “Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research” for pioneering achievements in researching the environmental history of deserts
2015
Awarded honorary doctorate by the Comenius University in Bratislava
2011
“Ordre des Palmes Académiques” (highest grade) by the French Republic for significant contributions to the French higher education system
2010
Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences
2009
Elected as corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI)
2008
Member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

Areas of Research

Geomorphology, Soil Geography, Geoecology, Geoarchaeology, Arid Environments and Dryland Research, in particular in Europe, the Arctic, Southern Africa, South America, China (Xinjiang).

Selected Publications

  • Eitel, B. (2000): Different amounts of pedogenic palygorskite in South West African Cenozoic calcretes: Geomorphological, palaeoclimatical and methodological implications. – Z. Geomorph. N. F. Suppl.-Bd. 121, S. 139–149.
  • Eitel, B., Eberle, J. & Kuhn, R. (2002): Holocene environmental change in the Otjiwarongo thornbush savanna (Northern Namibia): Evidence from soils and sediments. – Catena 47: 43–62.
  • Eitel, B., van der Borg, K., Eberle, J. & Megies, H. (2002): Late Pleistocene / Early Holocene glacial history of northern Andréeland (Northern Spitsbergen / Svalbard Archipelago): evidence from glacial and fluvio-glacial deposits. – Z. Geomorph. N. F. 46: 337–364.
  • Eitel, B., Hecht, S., Mächtle, B., Schuhkraft, G.,Kadereit, A., Wagner, G. A., Kromer, B., Unkel, I. & Reindel, M. (2005): Geoarchaeological evidence from desert loess in the Nazca-Palpa region, southern Peru: Palaeoenvironmental changes and their impact on Pre-Columbian cultures. – Archaeometry 47: 137–185.
  • Eitel, B., Kadereit, A., Blümel, W. D., Hüser, K. Lomax, J. & Hilgers, A. (2006): Fluvial deposits in the Upper Hoanib river catchment, northwestern Namibia: New evidence of environmental changes before and after the Last Glacial Maximum at the eastern Namib Desert Margin. – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 234: 201–222.
  • Eitel, B. & Mächtle, B. (2009): Man and environment in the eastern Atacama Desert (Southern Peru): Holocene climate changes and their impact on Pre-Columbian cultures. In: Reindel, M. & Wagner, G.A. (ed.): New Technologies for Archaeology, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 17–37.