Reorganization of the Rectorate of the University of Bremen

University of Bremen

Reorganization of the Rectorate of the University of Bremen

The future rector of the University of Bremen, prof. Jutta Günther, will begin her term in the fall with three new vice-chancellors. The Academic Senate (AS) paved the way for this at the meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at the suggestion of the incumbent rector, prof. Bernd Scholz-Reiter. 21 AS members unanimously confirmed the proposals concerning the management team of the future rector and chancellor Frauke Meyer.

The three scientists will be in office for five years: from September 1, Prof. Michał Kucera. Dr. At the same time, Mandy Boehnke will become the new Vice President, Internationalization, Academic Qualification and Diversity. On October 1, prof. Maren Petersen will become the new vice president for teaching and studies.

The three future vice presidents introduced themselves to the Academic Senate with their visions and goals for their departments. A secret ballot was held after a general discussion in the committee consisting of professors, science, administration and technology staff, and students. The result was unanimous.

“I would like to thank the Academic Senate for their trust,” said Rector Bernd Scholz-Reiter, who will retire at the end of August after ten years in office. “I wish Jutta Günther, the three new Vice-Chancellors and Chancellor Frauke Meyer all the best in their work at the University of Bremen.” His successor agreed with his words. “I would also like to thank all AS members. I would also like to thank the Rector’s Office for the good work of recent years. I look forward to working with the three new Vice Chancellors and Chancellor Frauke Meyer. As a team, we want to shape and develop the University of Bremen together with all members of the university. “

For the first time, a representative of a mid-level department in the Rector’s Office and new contact points in two Vice-Rector’s offices

The three new vice presidents bring with them further changes: for the first time with Dr. Mandy Boehnke, a representative of the so-called a middle-level faculty (including all non-professional academics) may be represented as vice-rector in the rectorate. In addition, the two deputy directors will have new departments. While Deputy Director Professor Maren Petersen is responsible for teaching and studies, Professor Michal Kucera will assume the position of Deputy Director for Research and Transfer. The previous third goal of this department “young scientists” will be in the future the responsibility of vice president dr. Mandy Boehnke is lying. Your office will focus on internationalization, academic qualification, and diversity. “We have removed the term ‘young people of science’ because it is no longer relevant,” he explains. A large part of the academic staff has been working independently for years, teaching independently and obtaining funds from third parties. “I would like to support further development opportunities here,” says the future deputy director.

Professor Michał Kucera, future Vice President for Research and Transfer

Professor Michał Kucera will replace prof. Jutta Günther on September 1, 2022, after about two and a half years in office. “The University of Bremen can boast of remarkable success. This proves that it has the potential to compete at home and abroad for sharp minds and project financing, says Kucera. “To do this, we need to develop new ideas on a long-term basis that go beyond the excellence strategy and look beyond the boundaries of individual disciplines even more than before. Therefore, I would like to support interdisciplinary exchange at the university. Sustainable development, climate justice and climate neutrality as well as data science would be perfectly suited topics in which the university could work more closely with society, politics and business to bring together research and transfer into a single unit. ‘

Professor Michal Kucera studied geology in Prague and obtained his doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He then made stays in Santa Barbara, California, London and Tübingen, before moving to Bremen in 2012 for the Faculty of Geosciences and MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen as professor of micropalaeontology / palaeoceanography. In his research, the 51-year-old studies the effects of climate change on the marine environment and its inhabitants from both the older and more recent past. In addition to serving on the board of the “Ocean Bottom – Uncharted Earth Interfaces” cluster of excellence, he has been a spokesman for the German-Canadian ArcTrain School since 2013 and a member of the DFG Senate Earth Systems Research Commission since 2017. In 2015-2019 he was the dean of the Faculty of Geosciences, and since 2019 he is an elected member of the Academic Senate of the University of Bremen.

Professor Maren Petersen: Vice President of Teaching and Studies since October 1

Professor Maren Petersen will replace Professor Thomas Hoffmeister as Executive Vice President of Teaching and Studies from October 1, after eight years in office.

“Shaping technological, ecological and social change is the challenge of the future,” says Maren Petersen. “Therefore, both the goal and the task is to prepare our students to this requirement in the best possible way. In the coming years, in addition to digitization, all activities will focus on the issues of sustainable development and climate change. This changes the requirements for graduates’ ability to learn, collaborate and innovate, which must be reflected in the design of teaching and study. ” The common goal of all actors should be to enable students to study well: “I understand it is the Vice Principal for Teaching and Studies to create the framework conditions so that everyone can do this together in the best possible way in their own professional image in a graceful atmosphere. It is important here that new paths can also be followed.

Professor Maren Petersen studied chemical engineering at Clausthal-Zellerfeld and completed her PhD at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). In addition to working as a research assistant and then a senior engineer at TUHH at the Institute of Laser and Plant Systems Engineering, she was involved in the founding and development of LZN Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH (today Fraunhofer IAPT). At the same time, an engineer engineer was offering teaching at HAW Hamburg. In 2013-2015, she moved to the Bergische Universität Wuppertal as visiting professor of “Didactics of Technology”. Since 2015, Maren Petersen has been a professor of “Professional technology of the metal object and its teaching” in the department of production technology and parts of the Institute of Technology and Education at the University of Bremen. The 53-year-old has been the dean of studies at the faculty since 2017.

Dr. Mandy Boehnke, Future Vice President of Internationalization, Academic Qualification and Diversity

Dr. Mandy Boehnke is replacing Vice President, International and Diversity, Professor Eva Maria Feichtner, who has held this position since 2017. “There has been a big movement in the field of internationalization in the last ten years, which is reflected in the increase in English-language courses, the growing number of international students and international research collaboration.” Mandy Boehnke would like to merge and concentrate the existing central and decentralized cooperation.

It also wants to support the systematic promotion of mid-level research and strengthen the development opportunities of this heterogeneous group. Mittelbau “is one of the most important pillars of the university. They make significant achievements in teaching, research and transfer and represent over 50 percent of the largest workforce at the University of Bremen. ” In the area of ​​diversity, Mandy Boehnke announced that she will build on previous efforts and continue to remove barriers. To this end, it makes sense to take stock of recent activities and current needs, explore priorities, strengthen synergies and link the topic more sustainably to the areas of research and transfer, as well as study and teaching.

Dr Mandy Boehnke studied sociology at TU Chemnitz and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been a member of the University of Bremen since 2004. After spending a year abroad at the National University of Singapore, she worked as a research assistant in the field of social structure theory and empiricism. After completing his PhD in family sociology, the sociologist moved to the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). There, as the Director of Studies, she was responsible for the implementation of the structured doctoral program, and as a member of the Management Board, she was involved in further development and allocation of funds. At the University of Bremen, the 45-year-old was involved in various committees such as the Academic Senate and other committees. From 2021, Dr. Mandy Boehnke Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Further information:

Professor Michał Kucera:

Professor Maren Petersen:

Dr. Mandy Boehnke:

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Answers to questions:

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Rector of the University of Bremen

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