Short CV/Education and training

  • 1977 – 1980
    Studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1980 – 1981
    Undergraduate studies at the University of Paris-Sud (Paris XI), France

  • 1981 – 1983
    Undergraduate studies at the University of Göttingen

  • 1983
    Diplom degree in chemistry from the University of Göttingen

  • 1989
    PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1989 – 1991
    Postdoc at the University of Oxford, UK, in the physical chemistry group

  • 1991 – 1996
    Postdoc at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • 1996
    Habilitation (postdoc qualification) and venia legendi (authorisation to lecture) in physical chemistry at Ruhr University Bochum

  • 1996 – 1998
    Postdoc at the Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society of Berlin, Germany

  • 1999
    C3 professor of physical chemistry at Ulm University, Germany

  • Since 1999
    C4 professor of physical chemistry at the University of Oldenburg, Germany

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Memberships:

  • Seat on the board of trustees for Nachrichten aus der Chemie (Chemistry News), journal of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), since 2010

  • Vice president of the "Chancengleichheit in der Chemie" (Equal Opportunity in Chemistry, AKCC) consortium of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), since 2009

  • Member of the executive committee, German Research Foundation, since 2007

  • Member of the standing committee, German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG), since 2007

  • Chairperson of the education committee for physical chemistry, German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG), 2005 – 2007

  • Member of the education committee for physical chemistry, German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG), 2004 – 2007

Referee activities:

  • Peer reviewer for the International Evaluation Panel of the Estonian Science Foundation (ETF)

  • Peer reviewer for the National Priority Research Program of the Qatar National Research Fund

  • Reviewer for the Humboldt Society

  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation

  • Reviewer for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Major university service:

  • Member of the University Commission for the Advancement of Women, University of Oldenburg, Germany, since 2007

  • Chairperson of the committee to nominate the external advisory board for the University of Oldenburg, 2007

  • Founding Director of the Centre of Interface Science, since 2006

  • Initiator of the admittance of specially gifted pupils to study at the university while attending school, University of Oldenburg, 2006

  • Academic senator of the University of Oldenburg, 2005 – 2007 / 2009 – 2011

  • Faculty council, University of Oldenburg, 2003 – 2005

  • Chairperson of the Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Oldenburg, 2003 – 2005

  • Co-Founder of the university chemistry laboratory for children of the age 7-12, University of Oldenburg, 2000

  • Vice president of the Society of Research Assistants in the chemistry department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, 1986 – 1989

  • Member of the institute council of the laboratories for physical chemistry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 1986 – 1989

Media coverage

  • Katharina Al-Shamery on "chemical evolution" and the origin of life (in German) to the video

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