Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974 – 1978
    Studied German philology and art education at the University of Greifswald, Germany

  • 1978 – 1981
    Doctoral fellowship in Germanic linguistics at the University of Greifswald

  • 1982
    Germanic linguistics, University of Greifswald

  • 1982 – 1990
    Lecturer in Germanic linguistics, University of Greifswald

  • 1990 – 1993
    Research associate, Central Institute of Linguistics Berlin, Academy of Sciences (later renamed KAI Berlin), Section IV, working group on text-structure analysis

  • 1991
    Research fellowship from the Thyssen Foundation, University of Freiburg, Germany, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 321: Writing strategies. Cognitive processes during text production

  • 1992
    Visiting researcher at the University of Freiburg, Project B1 (SFB 321)

  • 1992
    Visiting researcher at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes (ITEM), C.N.R.S., Paris, France

  • 1992 – 1993
    Visiting researcher at Bielefeld University, Germany; "Coherence-establishing processes" research unit

  • 1994 – 1997
    Lecturer/assistant professor, Section 8.1 German Philology, Saarland University, Germany

  • 1996
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in Germanic linguistics, Faculty of Philosophy, Saarland University

  • 1996 and 1997
    C4 visiting professor of Germanic linguistics / German philology, Saarland University

  • 1997
    Visiting professor, Taal- en Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands

  • 1998 – 1999
    C3 visiting professor of text linguistics, German Department, RWTH Aachen, Germany

  • Since 1999
    C3 professor of text linguistics, Department of Linguistics and Communication, RWTH Aachen

  • 2003
    Visiting professor at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • 2004
    Visiting professor at Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Since 2005
    Director of the Department of Trade Media and Industry Communication at RWTH Aachen

Selected publications

  • Jakobs, E.-M.: Evolution of Web Site Genres. In: Rowe, C., Wyss, E.L. (eds.): Language and New Media: Linguistic, Cultural, and Technological Evolutions, 2009. pp. 349-365.

  • Jakobs, E.-M.: Unternehmenskommunikation. Arbeitsfelder, Trends und Defizite. In: Niemeyer, S., Dieckmannshenke, H. (eds.): Profession und Kommunikation, 2008. pp. 13-31.

  • Jakobs, E.-M.: Texte im Berufsalltag. Schreiben, um verstanden zu werden? In: Blühdorn, H. et al. (eds.): Text – Verstehen, 2006. pp. 315-33.

  • Jakobs, E.-M., Lehnen, K.: Linguistische Aspekte der Website-Evaluation. In: Androutsopoulos, J.K. et al. (eds.): Neuere Entwicklungen in der linguistischen Internetforschung, 2006. pp. 263-282.

  • Jakobs, E.-M.: Bewertungsperspektiven auf Websites. In: Schütz, A. et al. (eds.): Neue Medien im Alltag, 2005. pp. 71-86.

  • Jakobs, E.-M.: Technikakzeptanz und -teilhabe. In: Technikfolgenabschätzung Theorie und Praxis (TaTuP) 14(3), 2005. pp. 68-75.

  • Jakobs, E.-M.: Reproductive Writing – Writing from Sources. In: Journal of Pragmatics 35, 2003. pp. 893-906.

  • Jakobs, E.-M.: Textvernetzung in den Wissenschaften, 1999.

  • Jakobs, E.-M.: Telefon, Email oder Fax? Medial gestützte Kommunikation in Unternehmen. In: Perrin, D., Kessler, H. (eds.): Schreiben für's Netz, 2005. pp. 23-37.

  • Jakobs, E.-M. et al.: Alter und Technik. Eine Studie zur altersbezogenen Wahrnehmung und Gestaltung von Technik, 2008.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • OpenISA: Open innovation platform for health-related services in old age (BNRW, joint project, c. €900,000), 2010 – 2013

  • eHealth: Enhancing mobility with aging. Adaptive immersive interfaces to personal healthcare systems (within the university Excellence Initiative of the German national and state governments/ Project House HumTec, joint project, c. €900,000), 2008 – 2013

  • HUMIC. Acceptance evaluations as an integral component of developing and expanding complex technical systems. Mobile telephony as a case in point (within the university Excellence Initiative of the German national and state governments/ Project House HumTec, joint project, c. €750,000), 2009 – 2012

  • IMIP: Interdisciplinary methods of industrial process modelling (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) joint project, c. €650,000), 2008 – 2011

  • cairo – context aware intermodal routing (BMBF joint project, ca. €1,100,000), 2008 – 2011

  • MOMOTEC. Motivation through model projects. Investigating the effects of exemplary model projects on schoolchildren and adolescents' interest in technology (Germany's National Academy of Science and Engineering & the GMH Group, c. €300,000), 2007 – 2009

  • TEKLA. Technology-Culture-Aging. Future technologies for mobility and health (Ministry of Science and Research, German State of North Rhine-Westphalia; funding competition: the NRW excellence competition – Humanities shaping perspectives on the future, c. €240,000), 2005 – 2006

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Information and Communication Technologies topic network, German National Academy of Science and Engineering

  • Member of the Education and Knowledge topic network, German National Academy of Science and Engineering

  • German National Academic Foundation head liaison to students at the RWTH Aachen

  • Jury member of the Siemens school pupils' competition in natural science, mathematics and technology, 2006 – 2010

  • Vice president of the German Society for Applied Linguistics, 2006 – 2008

  • Press spokesperson of the German Linguistic Society, 1996 – 1998

  • Member of the advisory board, German Society for Applied Linguistics, 1994 – 2006


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