Elite Network: Advisory Board

Advisory Board

In addition to the International Commission, the Advisory Board also works to ensure the quality of the Elite Network of Bavaria’s funding lines and is re­spon­si­ble for the future development of their underlying structure. By making recommendations to the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, the Board ensures the high quality of the Max Weber Program and the Marianne-Plehn-Program in the Elite Network of Bavaria.

The role of the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts with advice on the configuration of the scholar­ship program operated by the Max Weber Program as well as the Marianne-Plehn-Program offered under the umbrella of the Elite Network of Bavaria.

The Max Weber Program supports gifted stu­dents with a Semester Allowance as well as a diverse, interdisciplinary events and support program. The Marianne-Plehn-Program aims at outstanding doctoral stu­dents in Bavaria. The State of Bavaria has transferred the im­ple­men­ta­tion of both pro­grams to the German National Academic Foundation.

Board members: wide-ranging expertise


Prof. Phillip Hellwege
(Chair since 2019)
Chair of Civil Law, Business Law and Legal History, University of Augsburg

Board members

OStDin Elisabeth Götz
(Member since 2016)
Headmaster at Marktgräfin-Wilhelmine-Gymnasium, Bayreuth
Prof. Peter Gritzmann
(Member since 2020)
Chair of Applied Geometry and Discrete Mathematics, Technical University of Munich
Ltd. OStD Dr Christoph Henzler
(Member since 2020)
Ministerialbeauftragter für die Gymnasien in Schwaben
Prof. Kirsten Jung
(Member since 2016)
Chair of Microbiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Prof. Stefanie Kürten
(Member since 2020)
Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Prof. Bernd Mühlfriedel
(Member since 2020)
Faculty of Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences Landshut
Prof. Barbara Sponholz
(Member since 2016)
Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Würzburg

Former members


Prof. Helmut Altner
(Chair up to 2012)
Former President of the German Academic Sponsorship Program 
Former Rector of the Universität Regensburg
Prof. Wolfgang Frühwald
(Chair up to 2009)
Former President of the German Research Foundation
Former President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Prof. Oliver Reiser
(Chair until 2019)
Institut of Organic Chemistry, Universität Regensburg
Prof. Helmut Ruppert
(Chair up to 2016)
Former President of the University of Bayreuth

Board members

Prof. Ingrid Bennewitz
(Member until 2019)
Chair of Medieval German Philology, University of Bamberg
Dr Christiane Gaehtgens
(Member until 2009)
Former Secretary General of the German Rectors
Prof. Alexander L. Gerbes
(Member until 2016)
Deputy Director of the Medical Clinic II at the Klinikum der Universität München
Prof. Bernd Grottel
(Member until 2019)
KPMG Bayerische Treuhandgesellschaft
Chair of the University Council, University of Passau
Prof. Karl-Dieter Grüske
(Member until 2009)
Rector of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Ltd. OStD Peter Kempf
(Member until 2019)
Former Ministerialbeauftragter für die Gymnasien in Schwaben
Hubert Lepperdinger
Member until 2012
Former Ministerialbeauftragter für die Gymnasien in Schwaben
Barbara Loos
Member until 2009
Former Chair of the Bundesvereinigung der Oberstudiendirektorinnen und Oberstudiendirektoren Deutschlands
Prof. Ursula Peters
Member until 2012
Institute of German Language and Literature, University of Cologne
Former Vice President of the German Academic Sponsorship Program
Dr Michael Rosenthal
Member until 2009
Baerlocher GmbH
Prof. Godehard Ruppert
Member until 2016
President of the University of Bamberg
Melanie Tropp
Member until 2010
vbw – Bavarian Industry Association
Sylke Wischnevsky
Member until 2016
Headmaster at Otto-von-Taube Gymnasium