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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel
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69117 Heidelberg
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Curriculum Vitae

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

President of Heidelberg University

Dr. h.c. Comenius University Bratislava

 

Personal Information

Born: 1959, Karlsruhe

Education

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

Since 2001 Full Professorship (C4) of Physical Geography, Director of the Institute of Geography, Universität Heidelberg, Director of the Institute of Geography of 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

Since 2007 President 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
Since 2001 Director, Institute of Geography

Memberships

Since 2017 Vice Chairman Council Science Media Center Germany (SMC)
Since 2016 Consultant to the Commission for Scientific and Cultural Affairs (VIII) of the German Bishops’ Conference (Term of office 2016-2021)
Since 2016 Vice Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg state Rectors' Conference
2010 –
2015
Member of the Board of Trustees for the Hertie School of Governance Berlin
2012 – 2014 Spokesman of the German U15, a strategic interest group for outstanding research universities with top medical faculties
2009 Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI)
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)
Since 2002 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

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)

Awards and Distinctions

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“ 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
2008 Member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

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.

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