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Vice Rectorate for Research and Early-Career Researchers

Vice Rector Professor Dr. Andreas Zimmer has been a member of the University of Bonn Rectorate since 2015. He has been responsible for the area of research and early-career researchers since May 2021. His duties as Vice Rector include implementation of the Excellence Strategy, quality assurance in research, provision and optimization of research infrastructure, promotion and expansion of interdisciplinary research networks, University-wide collaboration in the TRAs and cooperation with research institutions outside the University. The goals and responsibilities for the “early-career researcher” area include establishing a first-class research environment that gives early-career researchers the freedom to express their creativity. The Vice Rector’s duties also include the development of comprehensive qualification programs to prepare doctoral students, postdocs and assistant professors for the next stages in their careers and the expansion of mentoring programs for early-career researchers to establish interdisciplinary and inter-institutional networks.


As one of the top research universities in the world, the University of Bonn plays an important role in ensuring Germany’s leadership in science and technology. The University stands for excellence in research across the full spectrum of academic disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences, agriculture and medicine. This strength is based on outstanding expertise in the core academic disciplines and exceptional interaction and cooperation between disciplines. This cooperation has been institutionalized in our Transdisciplinary Research Areas. We promote the research creativity and independence of our early-career researchers by creating an environment of responsibility and providing targeted support.

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Curriculum Vitae 

  • since May 2021 - Vice Rector for Research and Early-Career Researchers
  • 2015 - 2021 - Vice Rector for Research and Innovation
  • since July 2006 - Professor of Molecular Psychiatry (W3), University of Bonn
  • 2005–2006 - Professor of Cell Biology (W3), Bielefeld University
  • 1999–2005 - Professor of Molecular Neurobiology (C3), University of Bonn
  • 1991–2000 - Head of Working Group at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA
  • 1989–1991 - Postdoctoral Researcher, DFG Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA
  • 1986–1989 - Doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
  • 1980–1986 - Studies in Biology at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Giessen


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Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmer

Vice Rector for Research and Early-Career Researchers

Argelanderstraße 1

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 68758

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Dr. Eva Drews

Advisor to the Vice Rector for Research and Early-Career Researchers

Argelanderstraße 1

53115 Bonn

+49 228 7366204

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Bettina Lange

Assistant to the Vice Rectors

Argelanderstraße 1

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 68758

Strategic Development and Quality Assurance

 The Strategic Development and Quality Assurance unit provides support for the Rectorate and develops processes for strategic development and change. The employees in the unit manage projects and duties that are important for the University as a whole and have university-wide project and quality management responsibilities.
Key areas of work: 

  • Developing research priorities (Transdisciplinary Research Areas, TRAs) and the University profile in accordance with the Excellence Strategy
  • Implementing strategic development projects
  • Providing strategic support for the Clusters of Excellence
  • Providing support to University management for the strategic development of quality management
  • Providing support for collaborative projects in close cooperation with Research and Innovation Services
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Dr. Ines Heuer

Head of Unit

+49 228 73 7222

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Dr. Eva Drews

Deputy Head

+49 228 7366204

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Dr. Julia Belau-Garmann

Manager of the “Mathematics, Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems” Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA 1)

+49 151 221 40626

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Dr. Birgit Westernströer

Manager of the “Building Blocks of Matter and Fundamental Interactions” Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA 2)

+49 151-525 60 751

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Dr. Meike Brömer

Manager of the “Life and Health” Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA 3)

+49 1511 6933013

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Johanna Tix

Manager of the “Individuals, Institutions and Societies” Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA 4)

+49 171 33 160 47

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Kim Alings

Manager of the “Past Worlds and Modern Questions. Cultures Across Time and Space” Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA 5)

+49 151 464 767 44

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Dr. Frauke Scheffler

Manager of TRA 5. currently not available
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Hanna Zimmermann

Manager of the “Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Futures” Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA 6)

+49 175 103 8957

Also see

Excellence Strategy

As a University of Excellence with six Clusters of Excellence, the University of Bonn is the most successful university in the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

Argelander Program for Early-Career Researchers

As a doctoral student, you can receive support for the full duration of your doctoral studies.

Transdisciplinary Research Areas

The University of Bonn’s innovative cross-disciplinary research culture is one of its strengths.

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