Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is concerned with the future development of the Zukunftskolleg. Its members are renowned researchers from Germany and abroad who enjoy international recognition in their research field. With their external view and expertise, they advise the executive committee and propose strategies for advancing the Zukunftskolleg’s profile.

The next meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board will be on 6 & 7 November 2018.

Dr Alexandra Brand

Since 2018, Alexandra Brand has been 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.


Professor Michael John Hannon

Michael Hannon is director of both the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Advanced Studies and the EPSRC Research and Training Centre in Physical Sciences for Health. He is also chair of chemical biology at the University of Birmingham and focuses his research on the interface between chemistry and the life sciences. Michael Hannon is president of The Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC).


Dr Henrike Hartmann

Photo: Mirko Krenzel for VolkswagenStiftung

Henrike Hartmann is a member of the executive management at the Volkswagen Foundation and head of funding. Previously, she has been in charge of various funding activities in the life sciences, in funding of junior scholars and structural development of the higher education system. Henrike Hartmann studied pharmacy at the University of Freiburg, and did her PhD in Pharmacology in Heidelberg and Mannheim. She gained her postdoctoral experience at the University of Gainesville, Florida, the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston and the University of Frankfurt. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the University of Frankfurt and a member of the administrative Council of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach.


Professor Thomas Hengartner

Thomas Hengartner is director of the Collegium Helveticum in Zurich. He has been a professor of Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the University of Zurich’s Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies since 2010, and was a director of the same until 2016. Hengartner has been Vice Dean of Research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since 2012 and represents the University of Zurich on the board of trustees of the Swiss National Science Foundation and in the SSH policy group of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Thomas Hengartner was and is a member of various steering committees and advisory bodies, such as the Isa Lohmann-Siems Foundation, the Aby-Warburg Foundation, the Swiss Anthropological Association and STS.CH (Science, Technology and Society). He received the German Research Foundation’s Leibniz Prize in 2002.

Thomas Hengartner was taken from us much too soon on Ascension Day 2018. We will miss his passion for trans-disciplinarity, his visionary ideas and his ability to inspire others.


Professor Jean-Baptiste Joly

Photo: Judith Engel

Jean-Baptiste Joly was the founding and artistic director of the artist residence Akademie Schloss Solitude from 1989 until 2018. He studied German literature and language in Paris and Berlin and was director of the Institut Français de Stuttgart from 1983 to 1988. He is an honorary professor at the School of Art Weißensee, College of Design, Berlin and a board member of various foundations, including the Merkur Stiftung and Rudolf Eberle Stiftung. Furthermore, Jean-Baptiste Joly is a member of the board of trustees of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, a member of the advisory board of Transcultural Exchange Boston, and a member of the board of Res Artis.


Professor Rainer Maria Kiesow - Chair

Rainer Maria Kiesow is professor of law at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) Paris and professor of theory and philosophy of law at the Formation universitaire à distance, Switzerland. He is director of the Centre Georg Simmel (Paris) and co-president of the Collège doctoral franco-allemand (Paris, Berlin, Dresden). Rainer Maria Kiesow was a representative of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) from 1996 to 2009. He was a founding member and the director of the Junge Akademie, an interdisciplinary platform for up-and-coming academics, from 2000 to 2002. He is member of various scientific boards and has served as the chair of the scientific advisory board of the Zukunftskolleg since 2013.     


Dr Manuela Nocker

Manuela Nocker is a Senior Lecturer in Organisation and Sustainability at the University of Essex (UK) of which she has also been a senate member. She holds a PhD in Organisational Psychology from The London School of Economics and has worked as careers adviser, trainer and management consultant prior to joining Essex Business School in 2006. She has recently completed her mandate as Vice-President of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy (2014-18), after having been its university council member since 2010. She has been a board member of EURAC and of TIS Innovation Park, two public institutions for research and innovation in South Tyrol (Italy). Manuela has a longstanding interest in in the narrative and ethnographic research approaches. She is an editor of the Journal of Organizational Ethnography.


Dr Dagmar Schmieder

Since 1986, Dagmar Schmieder has been head of the executive board of Kliniken Schmieder, a neurological competence centre based in the Lake Constance region, and she also chairs the charitable foundation Stiftung Schmieder für Wissenschaft und Forschung. In 1997, she founded the Lurija Institute, which combines research and clinical practice in the field of neurological rehabilitation, as a collaborative partnership between researchers of the university and doctors of the Kliniken Schmieder. The university honoured her dedication by awarding her the title of an honorary senator. The promotion of early career scientists is a key priority for Dagmar Schmieder, which led her to initiate the Stiftung Schmieder Grant.


Professor Dorothea Wagner

Dorothea Wagner is head of the Institute of Theoretical Informatics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities. She is also a member of the Leibniz Association’s Senate Strategic Committee, a member of the selection committee for the awarding of grants at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and member of Academia Europaea and of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). She was vice president of the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2007 to 2014. Dorothea Wagner was a professor for applied computer science at the University of Konstanz from 1994 to 2003.


Former Scientific Advisory Board Members

  • Paul B. Baltes (2002-2006)
  • Andreas Barner ( 2012-2017)
  • Thomas Bräuninger ( 2012-2017)
  • Ute Frevert (2009-2012)
  • Bernard Frischer ( 2012-2017)
  • Gerhart von Graevenitz (2009-2016)
  • Harald zur Hausen (2007-2010)
  • Jürgen Mittelstraß (2002-2012)
  • Jürgen Mlynek (2009-2012)
  • Christoph Möllers (2009-2012)
  • Joybrato Mukherjee (2012 -2017)
  • Joachim Nettelbeck (2007-2012)
  • Helga Nowotny (2012-2015)
  • Shalini Randeria (2009-2012)
  • Ulrich Raulff (2009-2012)
  • Walter Salzburger (2009-2012)
  • Heike Schmoll (2009-2012)
  • René Schwarzenbach (2012 -2017)
  • Giuseppe Testa (2009-2012)
  • Anton Zeilinger (2002-2007)