Excellence StrategyCommission for Research & Strategy

The Commission for Research and Strategy was established as a central body within the framework of Excellence Initiative II at Heidelberg University. Its members include

  • the Rector, the Vice-Rector for Research, and the Vice-Rector for Innovation and Transfer,
  • two representatives from each Research Council (RC), including representatives from the Flagship Initiatives,
  • the two directors of the Marsilius Kolleg,
  • a professorial representative from the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE),
  • a professorial representative from the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR),
  • two junior researchers,
  • two selected members of the senate.

The Vice-Rector for Quality Development, the Equal Opportunities Commissioner, the Director of the Research Division, and the Director of Communications and Marketing are permanent guest participants in the meetings of the Commission for Research and Strategy and each has an advisory role. The Commission meets four times per year and as needed.

The Commission for Research and Strategy supports and advises the Rectorate with respect to its responsibilities, in particular:

  • the creation of a platform for exchange between the Fields of Focus, the Flagship Initiatives, and the interdisciplinary incubators, and preparation for strategic decisions by the Rectorate in the area of research,
  • recommendations to the Rectorate concerning the allocation of central funds to promote core facilities and IT infrastructures from the Universities of Excellence funding line,
  • issuance of position statements to the responsible bodies on the establishment, change, and dissolution of research facilities,
  • progress monitoring with respect to the advancement of young researchers, recruiting, research-oriented teaching, equal opportunities and diversity, cooperation with non-university partners, and expansion of internationality and transfer.

The extraordinary significance of the Commission results from its responsibility to recognise and promote new opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation between the Fields of Focus. The annual meeting of the Rectorate, the Academic Advisory Council (AAC), and the Commission for Research and Strategy ensures an unbiased assessment of the issues and outcomes of the Excellence Strategy and the development of the university as a whole.

Members

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Prof. Dr. Jan Lohmann
Spokesperson of Field of Focus 1
Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager
Member of RC Field of Focus 1, representing in particular the interests of the Flagship Initiative Engineering Molecular Systems
Medical Faculty Heidelberg
Centre of Infectious Diseases
Molecular Virology
Prof. Dr. Stephanie Hansmann-Menzemer
Deputy Spokesperson of Field of Focus 2
Institute for Physics
Prof. Dr. Anna Marciniak-Czochra
Member of RC Field of Focus 2, representing in particular the interests of the Flagship Initiative EMS
Institute for Applied Mathematics
Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert
Spokesperson of Fields of Focus 3
Department of History
Prof. Dr. Christian Witschel
Member of RC Field of Focus 3, representing in particular the interests of the Flagship Initiative Transforming Cultural Heritage
Department of Ancient History and Epigraphy
Prof. Dr. Silke Hertel
Spokesperson of Field of Focus 4
Institute for Education Studies
Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun
Member of RC Field of Focus 4, representing in particular the interests of the Flagship Initiative Transforming Cultural Heritage
Institute for Political Science
Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros
Director of Marsilius Kolleg
Medical Faculty Mannheim
Field of Research Cellular and Micrological Biology
German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
Prof. Dr. Friederike Nüssel
Director of Marsilius Kolleg
Ecumenical Institute
Prof. Dr. Thomas Rausch
Representative of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE)
Centre for Organismal Studies
Prof. Dr. Andreas Dreuw
Representative from the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
Dr. Claudia Backes
Representative of Junior Researchers
Institute for Physical Chemistry
Dr. Friederike Elias
Representative of Junior Researchers
Max Weber Institute for Sociology
Prof. Dr. Aurel Croissant
Representative of the Senate
Institute of Political Science
Prof. Dr. Jochen Wittbrodt
Representative of the Senate
Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences
Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemüller
Vice-Rector for Innovation & Transfer
Rectorate of Heidelberg University
Institute for Physics
Prof. Dr. Jörg Pross
Vice-Rector for Research
Rectorate of Heidelberg University
Institute of Earth Sciences
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel
Rector
Rectorate of Heidelberg University

Permanent Guest Participants with Advisory Role

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Prof. Dr. Karin Schumacher
Vice-Rector for Quality Development
Prof. Dr. Christiane Schwieren
Equal Opportunities Commissioner
Dr. Sigurd Weinreich
Head of Research Division
Marietta Fuhrmann-Koch
Head of Communications & Marketing Division