Short CV/Education and training

  • 1978
    Abitur (A-levels), Richard Wagner Gymnasium (grammar school), Bayreuth, Germany

  • 1978 – 1983
    Diplom degree in geoecology from the University of Bayreuth

  • 1983 – 1985
    Academic staff member in the Department of Soil Science, University of Bayreuth

  • 1985 – 1987
    Teaching assistant as primary occupation in the Department of Soil Science, University of Bayreuth

  • 1987
    Doctorate in biology/chemistry/Earth science from the University of Bayreuth, magna cum laude: Organic substance groups in forest humus forms and their behaviour during litter decomposition and humification

  • 1987 – 1992
    Academic councillor (temporary appointment) in the Department of Soil Science, University of Bayreuth

  • 1992
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the field of soil science at the University of Bayreuth: Forest soil organic matter: structure and formation

  • 1992
    Appointment as C3 university professor of soil science and soil ecology at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • 1995
    Appointment as C4 university professor of soil science in the Faculty of Agriculture, Technical University of Munich, Germany (now the Centre of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan)

  • 2011
    Carl von Linde Senior Fellow TUM Institute of Advanced Study

Selected publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the senate and executive committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2009 – 2015

  • Member of the science council committee on research buildings, 2007 – 2013

  • Vice dean of research, Centre of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, 2003 – 2006

  • Member of the DFG senate committee on joint research in Earth science, 2002 – 2006

  • Member of the executive committee, Bavarian Research Association for Waste Research and Recycling (Bayforrest), since 2000

  • Member of the board of trustees, German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Hannover, Germany, 2000 – 2009

  • Member of the senate, Technical University of Munich, Germany, 2000 – 2003

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany 1998 – 2001

  • Member of the DFG senate committee on substances and resources in agriculture, since 1996, chairperson since 2006

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • married, three children


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