International Commission

The International Commission acts as a guarantee that our funding programs operate to an ex­cellent academic standard. The Commission, which is composed of pre-eminent figures, advises the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts in setting up and evaluating Elite Graduate Programs, International Doctorate Programs and Junior Research Groups under the umbrella of the Elite Network of Bavaria.

The Commission: independent and academic-led

The International Commission oversees the work of the Elite Network of Bavaria with regard to its offerings and methodology. By pooling the deep academic expertise of its members, who specialize in a broad range of disciplines, the Commission makes a key contribution to quality assurance.

The International Commission’s role begins with selec­ting the best applications to set up Elite Graduate Programs, International Doc­to­ra­te Programs and Junior Research Groups. Applications are reviewed and selected in a multi-stage process. In addition, the International Commission engages in the eva­lu­ation of ongoing programs and pro­vides crucial impetus for the future de­ve­lop­ment of the Elite Network of Bavaria’s overall concept.

In addition, the Inter­natio­nal Com­mis­sion has also been ac­com­panying the se­le­ction pro­cess in the new fun­ding program ”Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor­ship“ since 2021. This program was es­tab­lished as part of Ba­va­ria's High-Tech Agenda. The aim of the Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor­ship Pro­gramme (DPP) is to support Bavarian uni­ver­si­ties in at­trac­ting par­ti­cu­lar­ly out­stan­ding re­search­ers to Bavaria as a center of science and research by of­fe­ring them in­ter­na­tio­nally com­pe­ti­tive top con­di­tions.

Members of the International Commission


Prof. Peter Strohschneider 
(Chair since 2014)
former President of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Commission members

Prof. Frank Allgöwer
(Member since 2022)
Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Wolf-Tilo Balke
(Member since 2019)
Institute for Information Systems, Technische Universität Braunschweig
Prof. Thomas Bernauer
(Member since 2019)
Institute of Science, Technology and Policy, ETH Zürich
Prof. Marlis Hochbruck
(Member since 2024)
Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza
(Member since 2022)
Institute of Geography, University of Bern
Prof. Jürgen Knoblich
(Member since 2021)
Medical University of Vienna;
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Heike Krieger
(Member since 2019)
Institute for International Law, European Law and Comparative Public Law, Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dorothea Kübler
(Member since 2021)
Berlin Social Science Center
Prof. Klaus Lieb
(Member since 2020)
Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Mainz
Prof. Thsibe K. Lindhorst
(Member since 2019)
former President of the Society of German Chemists
Otto Diels Institute for Organic Chemistry, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
Prof. Steffen Martus
(Member since 2019)
Institute of German Literature, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Prof. Marie Louise Nosch
(Member since 2021)
Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen
Prof. Erich Schröger
(Member since 2019)
Institute of Psychology, University of Leipzig
Prof. Ulrike Woggon
(Member since 2023)
Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics, Technische Universität Berlin

Former members


Prof. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker
(Chair up to 2014)
Secretary General of the Human Frontier Science Program, Strasbourg, France
Prof. Knut Urban
(Chair from 2017 to 2019)
Senior Professor of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance
Former Director of the Ernst Ruska-Centre

Commission members

Prof. Helmut Altner
(Member until 2014)
Former President of the German Academic Sponsorship Program and former Rector of the University of Regensburg
Prof. Uwe Clausen
(Member until 2022)
Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, Dortmund
Prof. Guido Dehnhardt
(Member until 2018)
Chair of Sensory and Cognitive Ecology Institute for Biosciences, University of Rostock
Prof. Nina Dethloff
(Member until 2019)
Director of the Institute of German, European and International Family Law
Chair of Private Law, International Private Law, Comparative Law and European Private Law at the University of Bonn
Prof. Michael Drmota
(Member until 2024)
Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, Technische Universität Wien
Dr Hermann Franz
(Member until 2014 (†))
Former member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG
Prof. Julia Fischer
(Member until 2016) 
Chair of Cognitive Ethology at the University of Göttingen Head of the Cognitive Ethology Research Group at the German Primate Center, Göttingen
Prof. Erika Fischer-Lichte
(Member until 2017) 
Institute for Theatre Studies, FU Berlin
Prof. Herbert Gleiter
(Member until 2014) 
Former Managing Director of the Institute for Nanotechnology at the Karlsruhe Research Center
Prof. Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou
(Member until 2015) 
Chair of Paleoanthropology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen Director of the Paleoanthropology working group, Department of Geoscience, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Prof. Ralf Hiptmair
(Member until 2018) 
Seminar for Applied Mathematics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Prof. Anne-Barbara Ischinger
(Member until 2005) 
Former Vice President of the Humboldt University of Berlin
Prof. Dr. Regine Kahmann
(Member until 2010) 
Director of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg
Prof. Max Kaase
(Member until 2014) 
Former Vice President of the International University Bremen
Prof. Walter Kröll
(Member until 2003) 
Former President of the Helmholtz Association
Prof. Alfred Kieser
(Member until 2019)
Professor emeritus of the University of Mannheim
Former Vice President and Dean of the Zeppelin University Graduate School
Prof. Reinhold Kliegl
(Member until 2019)
Chair of Psychology at the University of Potsdam
Prof. Karl-Heinz Kohl
(Member until 2021)
Former President of the Frobenius-Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Prof. Frauke Kraas
(Member until 2022)
Institute of Geography, University of Cologne
Prof. Gerhard Krüger
(Member until 2004) 
Former President of the Gesellschaft für Informatik
Prof. Olaf Kübler
(Member until 2005) 
Former President of ETH Zürich
Prof. Christine Mannhalter
(Member until 2018) 
Clinical Institute of Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics, Medical University of Vienna; Former Vice President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Prof. Kurt Mehlhorn
(Member until 2006) 
Saarland University
Prof. Fritz Melchers
(Member until 2014) 
Former Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Campus Charité Mitte
Prof. Volker Mosbrugger
(Member until 2014) 
Director of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Prof. Ernst Osterkamp
(Member until 2019)
Chair of German Literature, Department of German Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
Former President of the German Academy for Language and Literature
Prof. Ursula Peters
(Member until 2014) 
Institute of German Language and Literature, University of Cologne; former Vice President of the DFG
Prof. Daniela Pfannkuche
(Member until 2023)
Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg
Prof. Ype H. Poortinga
(Member until 2014) 
Former President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP); Tilburg University, Netherlands
Prof. Sandra Richter
(Member until 2011) 
Department of Modern German Literature I and II, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Andrea Schenker-Wicki
(Member until 2021) 
President of the University of Basel
Prof. Bernd Scholz-Reiter
(Member until 2019)
Rector of the University of Bremen
Chair of Planning and Control of Production Engineering Systems, Department of Production Engineering, University of Bremen
Prof. Ferdi Schüth
(Member until 2014) 
Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr
Vice President of the DFG
Prof. Helmut Schwarz
(Member until 2019)
President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Chair of Organic Chemistry,TU Berlin
Prof. Hans Vorländer
(Member until 2019)
Chair of Political Theory and the History of Political Thought, TU Dresden
Prof. Franz W. Wagner
(Member until 2014) 
Former Chair of Business Administration, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Prof. Dorothea Wagner
(Member until 2019)
Chair of Algorithmics I, Institute of Theoretical Informatics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Prof. Ellen Zechner
(Member until 2021)
Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz
Prof. Anton Zeilinger
(Member until 2005) 
Chair of the Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Vienna
Prof. Frauke Zipp
(Member until 2018) 
Director of the Department of Neurology, University Medical Center of the University of Mainz Professor of Neurology