University Council

Overview of the development of the university

The University Council guides the university, takes on responsibility for strategic considerations and decides on plans for structure and development at the university. It also proposes measures that serve to enhance the university’s profile and further develop the university’s performance and competitive capacities. The University Council also supervises the management of the Rectorate.

Responsibilities, meeting dates and further information


Dr Alexandra Brand

Since 2018, Alexandra Brand has been appointed as Chief Sustainability Officer of Syngenta. Before, she has been Syngenta’s regional director of EAME’s (Europe, Africa and Middle East) crop protection and seed business. Previously, she held various positions in the BASF Group, including senior vice president of its global business unit Animal Nutrition, vice president of the Global Marketing Pharma Ingredients unit as well as the chief of staff for BASF’s chief executive officer.

Alexandra Brand began her professional career in global research at BASF. She studied chemistry at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, from 1990 to 1998 and completed her studies with a doctorate.

Dr Hansjörg Brem

Hansjörg Brem has been director of the archaeology office of the canton of Thurgau in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, since 2008. He has been working in Thurgau since 1996. He has active roles in various international projects and institutions, which include co-director of a major Interreg-IV project on erosion and preservation of historical monuments as well as director of a working group at the international Bodenseekonferenz (IBK) on the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Pfahlbauten (lake dwelling settlements). In this respect, collaboration with Baden-Württemberg in the field of cultural heritage preservation on and in the lake is particularly important to him.

Born in 1960, Hansjörg Brem studied classical archaeology, pre- and early history as well as medieval history until completing his doctorate in Zurich. Subsequently, he worked at the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as in various archaeological projects at home and abroad. From 1987 until 1993 he also worked in Konstanz. Hansjörg Brem spent a study abroad year at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma and completed further studies in public management at HSG St. Gallen. Teaching assignments at the universities of Zurich and Berne for numismatics complemented long-term research in this area.

From 2003 to 2012, Hansjörg Brem was a board member of the Swiss Archaeology association, which he chaired from 2006 to 2009. As a member of the Schulbehörde Frauenfeld (school office in Frauenfeld), he stays involved in public education. He is also a specialist in the ​​Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments section for the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

Professor Ute Frevert - Chair

Ute Frevert has taught Modern History in Berlin, Konstanz and Bielefeld. She was professor at Yale University from 2003 to 2007. Since January 2008, she has been director at the Berlin Max Planck Institute for Human Development where she leads the research area “Geschichte der Gefühle” (history of feelings).

Her core research areas: “Geschichte der Gefühle” (history of feelings), modern social and cultural history, gender history and modern history of politics. She was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1998.

Dr Henrike Hartmann

Ms Hartmann has been a member of the executive management at the Volkswagen Foundation and its head of funding since 2015. She studied pharmacy at the University of Freiburg and earned her doctorate in pharmacology at Heidelberg University and the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim. As an academic staff member, she researched Alzheimer’s at the University of Gainsville, Florida in 1993, worked at the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston from 1995-1997 and joined the Goethe University Frankfurt afterwards.

She has been a part of the foundation since 1998, when she first worked as funding coordinator for biomedicine and life sciences and was responsible for multiple funding initiatives. Since 2010, she has been the director of individual funding as well as structural higher education development. In addition to her work in the University Council at the University of Konstanz, Henrike Hartmann is a member of the Zukunftskolleg’s Scientific Advisory Board. She also is a member of the board of trustees at various Max Planck Institutes and the Goethe University Frankfurt in addition to being a member of the board of directors at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics).

Professor Lorenz Hilty

Since 2010, Lorenz Hilty has been a professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of Zurich (UZH) and head of the Informatics and Sustainability Research (ISR) Group, an inter-institutional research team from the UZH and Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Hilty worked at Empa from 2000 to 2010, where he first led the ETH Zurich Board’s research programme "Sustainability in the Information Society"and then Empa's new Technology and Society Lab. Some of the places where he has researched and taught include the Universität Hamburg, Ulm University and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

In his research, Hilty focuses mainly on analyzing the opportunities and risks of digital technologies for sustainable development and the further development of computer-assisted methods in sustainability research. He is an expert for ethics at the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), a member of the steering committees at the Foundation for Technology Assessment (TA-Swiss) and at the Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich, and is the Sustainability Delegate at the University of Zurich.

Professor Wolfram Münch

Wolfram Münch studied physics, astronomy and mathematics in Heidelberg and Cambridge (UK), where he earned his doctorate in 1990. From 1990 to 2001, he held various positions in the “research and technology” unit of Daimler AG. Between 1991 and 2001, he also researched part-time at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, where he worked on ion-conduction mechanisms in solids. After earning his post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) in 2000, he was given an extraordinary professorship at the University of Ulm in 2009.

Since 2001, he has been director of “research and development” at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG ("Chief Science Officer") and managing director of the Stiftung Energieforschung Baden-Württemberg (energy research foundation of Baden-Württemberg). He works in the field of energy research in numerous advisory boards and committees of foundations, associations, research institutes and institutions of higher education.

Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn

Michael Zürn has been Director of the “Global Governance” research unit at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Professor of International Relations at the Freie Universität Berlin since 2004. From 2004-2009 he was the founding rector of the Hertie School of Governance, also in Berlin. Prior to this, he was Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS) at the University of Bremen. From 2002 until 2004, he led the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “Staatlichkeit im Wandel” at the University of Bremen. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Academia Europaea.

Among other topics, he has researched and published extensively on the emergence and function of inter- and supranational institutions as well as normative tensions and political conflicts that tend to arise in the wake of such developments. His most recent monograph “A Theory of Global Governance. Authority, Legitimacy, and Contestation” was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Managing director

Cornelia Oesterhaus

Main office of the University Council and Head of the Rectorate Office

Advisory members