Short CV/Education and training

  • 1946
    Born in Calbe, Germany

  • 1965
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1965 – 1970
    Studied materials science and materials testing with lower-division studies in general mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Magdeburg, Germany

  • 1970 – 1973
    Research fellowship from the Technical University of Magdeburg

  • 1973 – 1974
    Research assistant at the Scientific/Technical Centre for Transmissions and Clutches in Magdeburg

  • 1975
    Doctorate from the Institute of Metallurgy, RWTH Aachen University

  • 1975
    Industrial employment at the Turbine and Generator Factory of Siemens AG, KWU Energy Generation division, Mülheim, Germany

  • 1981
    Head of the "Mechanical Properties/Strength/Large Components" department for steam turbine, generator and gas turbine materials. Materials-engineering component evaluation, quality assurance and damage investigation, director of project-related and other working groups within the industry and professional associations since 1975

  • 1989
    Appointment as chief engineer at Siemens AG

  • Since 1995
    Full university professor of materials science in the field of mechanical engineering and director of the Institute of Materials Science and the State Material Testing Laboratory in Darmstadt, Germany, at Darmstadt University of Technology with c. 160 employees, of whom 63 are scientists and 25 are test engineers.

Selected publications

  • Berger, Christina, A. Burr, M. Gugau, K.-H. Habig, G. Harsch, K. H. Kloos, B. Pyttel and H. Speckhardt: Werkstofftechnik. Dubbel, Taschenbuch für den Maschinenbau. Ed. by K.-H. Grote and J. Feldhusen. Berlin: Springer, 2007 (22nd edition), pp. E 1 – E 133. ISBN 978-3-540-49714-1

  • Berger, Christina, B. Pyttel and D. Schwerdt: Beyond HCF – is there a fatigue limit? – Gibt es eine Dauerfestigkeit bei sehr hohen Schwingspielzahlen? – In: Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik 39 (2008), 10, pp. 769 – 776. ISSN 0933-5137, 1521-4052

  • Berger, Christina, A. Scholz, F. Müller and M. Schwienheer: Creep fatigue behaviour and crack growth of steels. – Creep-resistant steels. Edited by Fujio Abe, Torsten-Ulf Kern and Viswanathan. Cambridge, England: Woodhead Publishing, 2008, pp. 446 – 471. ISBN 978-1-84569-178-3

  • Berger, Christina – J. G. Blauel, L. Hodulak, B. Pyttel and I. Varfolomeyev: FKM-Richtlinie. Bruchmechanischer Festigkeitsnachweis für Maschinenbauteile. – Frankfurt am Main: VDMA Verl., 3rd revised edition, 2009, 366 pages, ISBN 978-3-8163-0569-9

  • Berger, Christina, H. Scheerer and J. Ellermeier: Modern materials for forming and cutting tools – overview. – Moderne Werkstoffe für Umform- und Schneidwerkzeuge – Überblick. In: Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik 41 (2010), 1, pp. 5 – 17. ISSN 0933-5137, 1521-4052.

  • Berger, Christina and H. W. Grünling: Hochtemperatur-Schaufelwerkstoffe. Stationäre Gasturbinen. Eds.: Christof Lechner, Jörg Seume. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2010 (2nd edition), Chapter 25, pp. 785 – 827. ISBN 978-3-540-92787-7.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Member of the board of trustees

  • German Industrial Research Consortium (AiF)

  • German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)

  • Two institutes within the Fraunhofer Society (FhG)

  • German Plastics Institute (DKI)

Advisory board member

  • Research association of the German Iron and Metal-Working Industry Consortium (AVIF)

  • Society for Corrosion Protection (GfKORR)

  • German Association of Material Testing Laboratories (VMPA)

  • VGB PowerTech

  • Society for Reactor Safety

Member of the executive committee

  • German Association for Materials Research and Testing (DVM)

  • ProcessNet, an initiative of DECHEMA (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) and VDI-GVC

  • Materials Research Association of the Rhine/Main region (MatFoRM)


  • German National Academy of Science and Engineering

  • Head of the "Materials Science and Materials Engineering" research network

  • Scientific Council of the AiF

  • DECHEMA expert committee

  • Steering committee of DECHEMA's Max Buchner Research Foundation

  • The "Materials Engineering" working group (WAW) of German university professors

Peer reviewer for

  • German Research Foundation (DFG): elected review board member for two terms – up to 2007

  • Research association of the German Iron and Metal-Working Industry Consortium (AVIF)

  • German Industrial Research Consortium (AiF): currently the head of peer-review group 1 – materials, German Federal Ministry of Economy and Employment (BMWi)

  • Project funding for reactor safety research, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Membership in associations

  • Heat-Treatment and Materials Engineering Consortium (AWT), Bremen, Germany

  • German Society for Materials Research (DGM), Frankfurt, Germany

  • DECHEMA Frankfurt

  • German Association for Materials Research and Testing (DVM), Berlin, Germany

  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV), Bonn, Germany

  • German Association for Welding and Related Techniques (DVS), Düsseldorf, Germany

  • European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS), Sheffield, UK

  • Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA), Frankfurt

  • Society for Corrosion Protection (GfKORR), Frankfurt

  • Association of Material Testing Laboratories (VMPA), Berlin

  • German Steel Institute (VDEh), Düsseldorf

  • Association of German Engineers (VDI), Düsseldorf

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