Board of Trustees

Prof. Dr. Martin W. Bauer

Institute of Social Psychology,
London School of Economics

Martin W. Bauer is professor of Social Psychology and Research Methodology at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science as well as being a research fellow at the Science Museum of London. Educated in Switzerland (psychology and economic history) and Great Britain (LSE, social psychology) his field of research includes Opposition in Social Processes, Presentation of and Attitudes towards Science and Technology, Genomic Research and Modern Biotechnology and Methods of Qualitative Social Research, in particular text analysis.
Professor Bauer`s central research question is: How does public opinion influence scientific developments?  He teaches internationally in France, Sweden, Switzerland and Bulgaria, advises national and international committees on Public Understanding Of Science (PUS) and heads the Masters Program in Social and Public Communication at the LSE Institute of Social Psychology.  Martin Bauer was a post-doctoral fellow at the Science Museum in London and guest scientist at the Maison des Sciences de L´Homme in Paris and the CNPq in Brazil.  He has also taught for years at the UNICAMP, Campinas-Sao-Paula, FIOCRUZ in Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federale do Rio Grande do Sul and Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles and is the publisher of the international science journal “Public Understanding of Science” His most recent book, entitled “The Culture of Science” (NY; Routledge) was published in 2011 and examines the question: What is the public`s relationship world-wide to science. His book Journalism, Science and Society (NY; Routledge)  published in 2007 addresses the relationship of News Making and Public Relations in science communication.

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Dernbach

University of Applied Sciences Bremen

Vice Chair of the Board
Beatrice Dernbach is professor for Journalism at the Bremen University for Applied Sciences, where she heads the Institute for Science Communication( WiKo) and the Masters Program in Science Communication. She is speaker for the professional group „Journalism and Journalism Research“ at the German Society for Publishing and Science Communication (DGPuK), BMBF Bologna-Expert for DAAD and project leader on ISAP- and the New-Passage-to-India-Program (DAAD). Her research field includes science communication, specialized journalism, news reader research, the relationship between journalism and public relations, ecology and sustainability in journalism. Professor Dernbach Gutachterin is also a consultant for professorial selection committees at universities and for the accreditation of BA and MA programs. She is also a member of numerous committees and advisory boards: member of the Advisory Board for the German Association of Specialised Journalists (DFJV), member of  the German Journalist Association (DJV) and Chair of the Jury on "Wissenschaft interaktiv", the Prize Awarding Committee for Science Communication of  the German Scientific Association and member of the Jury for the Media Prize of the German Red Cross Society.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt

Science Studies,
University of Vienna

Ulrike Felt has been professor for science studies and head of the correspondent institute at the university of Vienna since 1999. After her PhD in theoretical physics (1983), Ms. Felt worked with CERN in Geneva for almost five years, analysing social, political und scientific aspects of the research institution within an interdisciplinary team. Thereby she switched to social sciences about the interaction between science, technology and society. Back to Vienna in 1988 she was invited to participate in the foundation of a new institute for Science Theory and Science Studies, headed by Helga Nowotny. Ms. Felt did her habilitiertationin 1997 and has since then gathered experience in leading several national and international research projects as well as in applying and developing a wide spectrum of qualitative methods. Furthermore Ulrike Felt was visiting professor at GERSULP/Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg) as well as at the Centre Interuniversitaire pour la Recherche en Science et Technologie, Universite du Québec à Montréal, at Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris and at the Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich. She is member of the board of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). Ms. Felt pubshes the international journal Science, Technology & Human Values and recently co-founded the masters degree program "Science-Technology-Society" at the university of Vienna. Being also a political advisor in multiple functions she has been expert member of the Advisory Group of the European Commission for FP6 "Science and Society" as well as member of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) from 2006 to 2007. Together with Brian Wynne in Brussels she led the Expert Group on Science and Governance from 2005-2007.

Prof. Dr. Annette Leßmöllmann

Science Journalism,
University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt

Annette Leßmöllmann is professor for Journalism, specializing in science journalism, and deputy member of the University Of Applied Sciences Senate in Darmstadt.  Her focus in teaching and research is on science journalism and the internet, comprehensive writing and comprehensibility research in science journalism and editorial staff training in print and online media. Prior to this she taught at universities in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Magdeburg, at the Northern Institute of Technology/TU Hamburg-Harburg and the University of  Darmstadt. She also worked as a freelance journalist for print and radio media, including  Die Zeit, NDR Info und Technology Review, and as editor for the Publishing House Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Gehirn&Geist).  She is a member of the Advisory Board for Wissenswerte (Bremer Forum for Science Journalism) und the Advisory Board for the Science Journalism Initiative. She is also a member of the Berufspraxiskommission der Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaft and the German Publishing Society (DGPuK) and the GermanJournalist Association (DJV).

Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein

Business Informatics,
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Kathrin M. Möslein holds the professorship for the department of Information Systems I- Innovation & Value Creation as well as being  Dean of Research in the field of applied economics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Additionally she is a research professor at the Commercial College Leipzig (HHL) and is member of the Management Committee of the Center for Leading Innovation & Cooperation (CLIC) at the HHL. Her research and professional fields are Strategic Innovation, Cooperation und Leadership and  IT-support in businesses. Teaching events address questions concerning interactive value creation,  innovation design, and the development and implementation of innovation strategies and leadership systems.  From 2005 to 2007  Kathrin Möslein was professol for Strategic Management und Organisation at the Commercial College Leipzig. Prior to this she was Associate Director for the Development  of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) at the  London Business School.  Her academic roots lie in the  University of technology in Munich: studies in IT, PHD in the faculty of science. Kathrin Möslein is a founder member of, and since 2007, Vice President of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and a founding member of the Special Interest Group "Innovation & Knowledge" of the Strategic Management Society. She is also a member of numerous advisory boards and professional organisations in the field of innovation and  strategic management. For further information:

Prof. Dr. Joachim Warschat

Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart

Joachim Warschat is Institute director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Iindustrial Engineering and Organisation (IAO) in Stuttgart and heads the business area Technology and Innovation Management. He is scientific advisor to the European Science Senate,  the Bergischen Institute for Product Development and Innovation Management and the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI),  the Fernfachhochschule Switzerland and member of the Management Committee of the Fraunhofer Academy. Prof. Warschat teaches technology management at the Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT) and project management, simultaneous engineering and computer aided design at the University of  Stuttgart. He is the publisher and author of numerous books on innovation, technology monitoring and management, including „Innovation durch neue Technologien“, „Fokus Innovation: Kräfte bündeln – Prozesse beschleunigen“ (together with Hans-Jörg Bullinger). He has also written numerous articles on innovation management in networks, transfer of research results in die mittelständische industry and technology monitoring.

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfass

Communication Management,
University of Leipzig

Chair of the Board
Ansgar Zerfass teaches and researches  communication management at the  Institute for Communication and Media Science,  University of  Leipzig and is Executive Director of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA in Brussels. His research areas are: Strategic communication, innovation communication, online-communication and communication controlling. Prof. Zerfaß is a business graduate and  studied economic and communication science at the University of  Erlangen-Nürnberg, completing a PHD in Business Adminstration in the department of  Business Management under Prof. h.c. mult. Horst Steinmann.  Extra-occupational he qualified as a professor in communication science under Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Schulz. Zerfaß then gained work experience in  Business Communication and political consultancy, most recently in the management of MFG Baden-Württemberg, the state Competence Centre for Information Technology and Media. Prof. Zerfaß is publisher of the  International Journal of Strategic Communication (Routledge Publishers, USA), Chair of the Jury for the International German PR-Prize Awarding Body, scientific advisor to the Communication Cluster Vienna, publisher of the knowledge portal, deputy chair of the DPRG-Working Group "Wertschöpfung durch Kommunikation" and initiator und Head of the Academical Association for  Unternehmensführung und Communication, which pools the activities of the leading German concerns for knowledge transfer and research advancement across universities. He is author of 25 books and more than 130 scientific papers. Selected Awards to Prof. Zerfaß are: „Jackson-Sharpe-Award“ (2011), "Innovativster PR-Forscher in Deutschland" "Innovativste PR-Strategie / PR Report Award" (beide 2010), winner of the competition "Hochschulkommunikation" des BMBF (2009), the German Multimedia Awards (2005) and the German PRPrize (2000).

Prof. Dr. Hans-D. Zimmermann

Competence Centre for eSociety,
University of Applied Sciences
St. Gallen

Hans-Dieter Zimmermann is Lecturer for Information Mangement at the  Institute for Information and Process Management IPM of the FHS St. Gallen, University of Applied science, St. Gallen. His research areas and projects include  eScience, eSociety eMarkets und eBusiness. Hans-Dieter Zimmermann qualified as  Dr. oec. HSG at the University of St. Gallen and studied business administration at the University of  Erlangen-Nürnberg (Diplom-Kaufmann) and the RWTH Aachen. He is associate-Editor of the international, scientific journal  Electronic Markets – the International Journal on Networked Business. Since 2009 he has been the project leader of the 'FHS eSociety Leuchtturms' at IPM-FHS. Prior to this  Prof. Zimmermann was head of Information Science at  HTW Chur and representative for the department of Information Management and Interorganisation systems at the Institute for Information Management at the  Westfälischen Wilhelms-University in Münster and science r Project leader at the Institute for Media and Communication Management, Universityt St. Gallen (MCM-HSG). During his research visit to the University of California E-conomy Project' he was in  1999 Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. On the topics  e-Markets, e-Commerce 2.0, digital economy and information society he has written for international journals and books and is active on program comittees of  international congresses and also works as a consultant. He is a member of professional bodies such as der Association for Information Systems (AIS), der Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was a founding member of the Executive Committees 'Electronic Commerce' der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI).

Permanent guests of the board:

MinDirig. Engelbert Beyer

Head of Innovation Strategies,
Federal Ministry of
Education and Research

Engelbert Beyer studied economics at the Westfälischen-Wilhelms-Universität in  Münster. After working in industry (Unilever) and as an economics advisor in political development cooperation he joined the then Ministry for Research and Technology in 1989. Since 1998 he has headed various departments concerned with key political innovation issues. In this capacity he was, amongst other things, instrumental in setting up and developing: reporting systems for  technological capacity in Germany; various concepts for supporting small and medium sized companies and technology start-ups, and the BMBF Initiative "Unternehmen Region". His work in recent years has been heavily involved with the preparation and coordination of the government`s Hightech Strategy.

Prof. Dr. Günter Stock

Academy of Sciences

Since 2006 Günter Stock has been President of the Academy for Science,  Berlin-Brandenburg (BBAW) of which he has been a member since 1995, and President of the Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften.  Stock studied medicine at the University of  Heidelberg  and was appointed professor of vegetative physiology in 1980. In 1983 he joined Schering AG and in 1989 became a member of the management board, responsible for research and development. In 1986 he was appointed as außerplanmäßigen Professor at the Freien Universität Berlin. Stock is member of the European Academy for Science and the Arts and of the Academia Europaea. He is Vice President of the  Max-Planck-Gesellschaft,on the advisory board of the University Clinic, the University Board of the University of the Saarland, the advisory board of the Charité and the Board of Jerinii AG. He is also member of Wissenschaftlichen Ausschusses des österreichischen Wissenschaftsrats.