Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985
    Abitur (A-levels) in the subjects mathematics, Latin and history

  • 1987 – 1989
    Studied human medicine at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; completed pre-clinical examination

  • 1989 – 1994
    Studied physics at Ruhr University Bochum and Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 1994 – 1997
    Doctoral dissertation in theoretical physics at Heidelberg University under Prof. Heinz Horner

  • 1997 – 2002
    Research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, under Prof. Wolfgang Kinzelbach

  • 2002 – 2003
    Scientific coordinator for the Computational Lab at ETH Zurich

  • 2004
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at ETH Zurich

  • 2004
    Offer of a C3 professorship in hydrogeology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

  • Since 2004
    Leader of the Division of Environmental Systems Computation and Monitoring at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

  • Since 2005
    University professor at Friedrich Schiller University Jena; joint appointment with UFZ

Additional qualifications

  • Training in banking at the Deutsche Bank in Hannover, Germany, 1985 – 1987


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of two children: Antonia (born 2002) and Julian (born 2005)


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