Members of the Advisory Board

Professor Dr. Luise Schorn-Schütte

Goethe University Frankfurt



Luise Schorn-Schütte is Professor of General Modern History with a special focus on the Early Modern Period at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research concentrations include the history of political communication in Europe in the early modern age, the theory of historical science and the history of science in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Professor Dr. Thomas Gutmann

Wilhelms University Münster

Vice Chair


Thomas Gutman is Director of the Institute for Legal Philosophical Research at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He focuses on the areas of legal theory and philosophy, basic questions of medical law, medical ethics and biopolitics, the theory of private law, law and social theory and inheritance law.

Professor Dr. Hans-Joachim Freund

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin


Hans-Joachim Freund was appointed as a Scientific Member and Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin in 1996, where he has led the department “Chemical Physics” since then. He looks at the physics and chemistry of solid surfaces, the structure and dynamics of oxide surfaces, model systems for heterogeneous catalysis, and nanostructures and clusters.

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Thomas Kaufmann

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


Thomas Kaufmann took over the chair for church history at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2000 and has been Abbot of Bursfelde since 2016. His research interests include church, theological and Christian history in the Reformation and early modern times.

Professor Dr. Geert Keil

Humboldt University in Berlin


Geert Keil is Professor of Philosophical Anthropology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His research interests include the philosophy of free will, action theory, metaphysics, epistemology and philosophical anthropology.

Professor Dr. Sabine Müller

University of Greifswald


Sabine Müller holds the Chair for Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Greifswald. Her research interests lie in the chemistry and biochemistry of nucleic acids.

Professor Dr. Werner Raub

Utrecht University


Werner Raub is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University, Netherlands and at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) at the Universities of Groningen, Utrecht and Nijmegen, Netherlands. His research fields include theoretical sociology and organisational studies as well as business sociology and sociology of the family. The primary aim of his work is to systematically integrate theoretical models and empirical research in sociology.

Professor Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert

University of Münster


Bettina Schöne-Seifert is licensed and holds a doctorate in human medicine with a habilitation in philosophy. She has held the chair for medical ethics at the University of Münster since 2003 and was a member of the National and German Ethics Council from 2001 to 2010. Her main area of ​​work is medical ethics with a focus on questions of the theoretical basis of bioethics, euthanasia, genome editing and patient autonomy as well as ethical and epistemological questions on dealing with alternative medicine.

Professor Dr. Eckhard Schumacher

University of Greifswald


Eckhard Schumacher is Professor of Modern German Literature and Literature Theory and Director of the Wolfgang Koeppen Archive at the University of Greifswald. He focuses on the areas of literature and media theory, romanticism, contemporary literature and pop.

Professor Dr. Alexandra Spitz-Oener

Humboldt University of Berlin


Alexandra Spitz-Oener is Professor of Applied Microeconomics at Humboldt University in Berlin, with a focus on labour market research. In her research, she deals with the challenges for the German labour market resulting from technological change and the consequences of globalisation.

Professor Dr. Heike Wiese

Humboldt University of Berlin


Heike Wiese has held the professorship for "German in Multilingual Contexts" at the Humboldt University of Berlin since 2019. Her research deals with language variations and language development as well as grammar and linguistic architecture.


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