Appointments and Civic Engagement - People at the University of Greifswald (2/2023)

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University politics

Dr. Susanne Stratmann was named a member of the Board of Directors at the Alfried Krupp Kolleg Greifswald Foundation on 1 April 2023. She is Head of the Office for Legal Services, Elections and Scholarships at the University of Greifswald.

Thomas Jenssen, Manager of the Office of the Rectorate at the University of Greifswald has been appointed a member of the Founding Committee for the Establishment of Teacher Education Degrees at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. The Federal State of Brandenburg aims to establish a degree course in Primary Education at the university at short notice. Thomas Jenssen will be responsible, in particular, for administrative and organisational issues, as well as the cooperation with institutions outside of the university.

Dr. Birte Arendt and Ulrike Stern from the Competence Centre for the Teaching of Low German at the University of Greifswald’s Institute of German Philology have been appointed to the Advisory Board for the Fostering of Regional Heritage and Low German in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern [de] The advisory board is to advise both the Ministry of Science, Culture, Federal and European Affairs as well as the Ministry of Education and Childcare. It will help to realise the obligations of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Furthermore, the board recommends which areas continuous cultural heritage programmes should focus on and provides advice for the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.



Professor Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz has been awarded the Chair of “Communication Studies: Communication Ethics” at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Prof. Averbeck-Lietz, who completed her habilitation in communication and media studies was previously professor at the University of Bremen. Her research interests include moral discourse in online communication.

Privatdozent Dr. Andre Banning has taken over the Chair of “Applied Geology” at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The academic completed his habilitation in geology following studies at the Universities of Aachen, Münster and Bochum and has held lectures in the fields of hydrogeology and applied geology. He previously lectured for more than two years at University College Cork’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in Ireland.

Dr. Leander Kempen has been appointed Chair of “Didactics of Mathematics” at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Dr. Kempen trained as a secondary school teacher for Gymnasien (grammar schools) and comprehensive schools and was employed most recently by Paderborn University, where his work focussed on the teaching of mathematics and teacher education.

Dr. Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer has been appointed Chair of “Pathogen Evolution” at the University of Greifswald’s Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The position is also linked to the role of Head of Department at Greifswald’s Helmholtz-Institute for One Health (HIOH). The French scientist studied and completed his doctorate in genetics and immunology at the Université de Lyon in France.

All of the professors were appointed on 1 May 2023.



Prof. Dr. Andreas Greinacher, Director of the Institute of Transfusion Medicine at University Medicine Greifswald received the Wallace H. Coulter Award from the International Society for Laboratory Hematology (ISLH) [de]. The prize was awarded on 11 May 2023 in New Orleans. The award was linked to a distinguished lecture at the International Symposium on Technical Innovations in Laboratory Hematology and prize money of 5,000 dollars. Since 2015, the ISLH has recognised individuals undertaking outstanding cutting-edge research and who have made significant new discoveries with broad potential and relevance to patient care. Prof. Greinacher was awarded the prize for several groundbreaking innovations [de] that he and his team have introduced to patient care.


Civic Engagement

Professor Dr. Roland Rosenstock, Chair of Practical Theology, Religious and Media Education at the University of Greifswald was awarded the Silver Griffin [de] from the Town of Greifswald for his civic engagement as Head of the Board of Directors at the Media Centre Greifswald. In the laudatory speech, he was praised for his strategies for teaching media that he has developed over the course of several years and are in use in Greifswald and throughout Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. By establishing the Computerspielschule (Computer Game School), he has created a place for children and adolescents to meet up in groups and engage with the world of digital media. The integration of all generations is an important building block of these strategies.


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