Short CV/Education and training

  • 1962 – 1967
    Studied applied physics at the Technical University of Magdeburg, Germany

  • 1967
    Diplom engineer degree in applied physics

  • 1967 – 1985
    Research associate and lecturer at the Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany

  • 1972
    Additional studies at the Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Soviet Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia

  • 1976
    PhD in the field of solid state electronics

  • 1985
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the field of solid state electronics

  • 1985
    Adjunct professor

  • 1990
    Professor of solid state electronics

  • 1990 – 1993
    Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Ilmenau University of Technology

  • 1994
    Vice-chancellor for education

  • 1995 – 1996
    Chancellor of the Ilmenau University of Technology

  • 1996 – 1998
    Chairperson of the German Council of Science and Humanities

  • 1999
    Candidate of the CDU and CSU parties for the office of federal president of Germany

  • 1999 – 2000
    Chairperson of the German Bundesrat (Federal Council) Committee on Cultural Affairs

  • 1999 – 2004
    Minister of Science, Research and Art of the German Federal State of Thuringia

  • 2002
    President of the Standing Conference of the German State Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs

  • 2004 – 2009
    President of the Thuringian State Parliament

Selected publications

  • Schipanski, D., Kittler, M.: Scaling of vertical and lateral MOSFETs in the deep submicrometer range. In: Proceedings of the 2000 Third IEEE International Caracas Conference on Devices, Circuits and Systems, 2000.

  • Schipanski, D.: "Forschung und Bildung für die Wissensgesellschaft": Montag, 25. September 2000, im Reimarus-Saal des Hauses der Patriotischen Gesellschaft. Hamburg: Übersee-Club, 2000.

  • Schipanski, D., Netzel, M.: Methods for generating and editing merged isotropic/anisotropic triangular-element meshes. In: IEEE transactions on computer-aided design of integrated circuits and systems 18(11), 1999. S. 1566-1576.

  • Schipanski, D., Schwierz, F.: An improved velocity overshoot model for submicron-gate MESFETs. In: Solid state electronics 39(10), 1996. S. 1522-1523.

  • Schipanski, D., Scheinert, S.: Analytical model and temperature dependence of the thin film SOI FET. In: Solid state electronics 38(5), 1995. S. 949-959.

  • Schipanski, D.: Die Hochschule und ihre wirtschaftliche Verantwortung: Wissens- und Technologietransfer an der TU Ilmenau, Zielsetzungen und Ergebnisse. In: Innovationsdynamik in Deutschland 1995. S. 9-16.

  • Schipanski, D.: Intelligente integrierte Leistungselektronik – neue internationale Entwicklungsrichtung. In: Nachrichtentechnik, Elektronik 40(3), 1990. S. 105-109.

  • Schipanski, D.: Bestimmung der Aktivierungsenergie für Ionenwanderung im SiO2. In: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift 29(3), 1983. S. 145-152.

  • Schipanski, D.: Tieftemperaturuntersuchungen von Germanium-Isolator-Strukturen mittels der C-U-Methode. In: Zeitschrift für elektrische Informations- und Energietechnik 2(4), 1972. S. 224-225.

  • Schipanski, D.: Impulse für die Zukunft. In: Hohenheim-Verlag, Stuttgart 2002.

  • Knoeppfler, N. et al.: Krebsforschung als gesellschaftliche Herausforderung. Verlag Karl Alber, Freiburg, München 2008.

  • Schipanski, D., Vogel, B.: Dreißig Thesen zur Deutschen Einheit. Herder-Verlag, Freiburg/Breisgau 2009.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the board, NTH (Niedersachsen Institutes of Technology), Braunschweig, Germany, since 2009

  • Member of the SEW-EURODRIVE Foundation executive committee, Bruchsal, Germany, since 2006

  • Chairperson of the board of trustees, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, Ilmenau, Germany, since 2005

  • President of the Society for Thuringian Castles and Gardens, since 2005

  • Corresponding member of the board of trustees, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, since 2003

  • Chairperson of the executive committee, Lennart Bernadotte Foundation, Isle of Mainau, Germany, since 2003

  • Member of the board of trustees for the non-profit Hertie Foundation, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, since 2001

  • Member of the international advisory board of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, 2001 – 2007

  • Member of Germany's National Academy of Science and Engineering – acatech, Berlin, since 2000

  • President of Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid), 1999 – 2010

  • Senator of the Deutsche Nationalstiftung foundation, since 1999

  • Senator of the Max Planck Society, since 1999

  • Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle, Germany, since 1998

  • Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany, since 1998

  • Member of the governing board, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Central German Broadcasting), Leipzig, Germany, 1998 – 2010

  • Member of the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, 1998 – 2003

  • Member of the Advisory Commission for Public Responsibility of the Evangelical Church in Germany, 1998 – 2000

  • Member of Germany's Academy of Sciences of Public Utility, Erfurt, since 1996

  • Senator of the Fraunhofer Society, 1995 – 2000

  • Member of the Federal Chancellor's Council for Research and Technology Development 1995 – 1998

  • Member of the University of Erfurt founding commission, structural committee, 1993

  • Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities, 1992 – 1998

  • Consultant to the EU for scientific programmes, 1991

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Communicating scientific findings to the public

  • Mentor programme for female scientists

  • Experience with international collaboration (political, scientific) with Russia, Ukraine, India, USA

  • Assisted with the founding of private-sector companies from the academic sector

  • Experience in scientific and political leadership positions (dean, chancellor, science council chairperson, government minister, president of state parliament)


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