Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board advises the rector on all the foundation's scientific matters. The rector appoints the institute’s fellows on the basis of recommendations from the board. The board consists of scientists who represent one of the four fields of research at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg. Six members are appointed by the Foundation Board; additional members are co-opted by the Scientific Advisory Board. Memberships may last for a term of four years. Reappointment for a second period is admissible.


  • Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Brandt, Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ophelia Deroy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Prof. David Poeppel, PhD, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) gGmbH for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Frankfurt/Main and New York University, USA

  • Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter, Universität Bielefeld, also Vice Chair
  • Prof. Dr. Christine R. Rose, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf


  • Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Centre for Polar- and Marine Research, Bremerhaven
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Kasten, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar- and Marine Research, Bremerhaven and Universität Bremen
  • Prof. Dr. Michal Kucera, MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen

  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Pahnke-May, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg


  • Prof. Dr. Michael Muskulus, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim, Norway
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Plefka, Humboldt-Universität Berlin


  • Prof. Dr. André Bächtiger, Universität Stuttgart 
  • Prof. Dr. Lucia Quaglia, Università di Bologna, Italy
  • Univ.-Prof. Ulrike Schneider, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria
  • Prof. Dr. Karsten Speck, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Traub, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Ingo H. Warnke, Universität Bremen, also Chair