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The directorate is committed to all tasks in the responsibility of the Scientific Director, in particular:

  • Development of the strategic scientific research program
  • National and international scientific affairs
  • Consultancy on topics in the field of research funding
  • Scientific issues concerning the cooperation with universities, research institutions, scientific organizations, ministries, and the Leibniz Association
  • Scientific reporting
  • Issues of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Executive Board and the ZALF Board
  • Long-term task planning and monitoring of the scientific performance
  • Continuos development and adaptation of the organisational research structure, internal evaluation and competition procedures
  • Research strategy related issues of human resource development
  • Coordination of science transfer activities
  • Press and public relations


Portait Frank Ewert 
Scientific Director

Prof. Dr. Frank A. Ewert


Assistance and organisation

Contact person: Ute Baumgärtel


Coordination of research

Portrait Klaus Jacob 

Contact person: Dr. Klaus Jacob

  • Office of the Executive Board
  • Strategic science management
  • Joint appointments with universities
  • Network management


Strategic science management

Portrait Katharina Brüser 

 Katharina Brüser - team coordination

  • Strategy and organizational development
  • Internal and external evaluations (Leibniz Evaluations, audits), reporting, processes
  • Coordination of boards and tasks forces
  • Strategy and support measures for early career researchers


 Portrait Christiane Schulz 

 Dr. Christiane Schulz

  • Further development and implementation of the ZALF research strategy
  • Coordination of boards and committees (ZALF Research Commission, strategy retreats)
  • Support of external and internal evaluation procedures
  • ZALF-internal measures for integrative research (Integrated Priority Projects, ZALF Fellowships, ZALF Scientific Events)
  • Project coordinator Land-Innovation-Lausitz
  • Substitute for Executive Board meetings, ZALF Council, Tenure Track System

Portrait Dr. Susanne Kramer

 Dr. Susanne Kramer

  • Coordination of the ZALF tenure track system
  • Strategic cooperation and partnerships
  • Coordination and contribution to audits and reports


  Dr. Madlen Walther

  • Research funding: information and support for project applications, fellowships and junior research group applications
  • Coordination of national, international and EU calls for proposals
  • Contact to funding institutions
  • Coordination of issues concerning scientists at risk


  Dr. Kerstin Seier

  • Support of early career researchers; training courses, events, monitoring
  • Organisation of ZALF Scientific Events

Portrait Stefanie Deters

  Stefanie Deters - transfer office

  • main contact for any request relating to transfer
  • dialog with stakeholders and network management
  • monitoring and reporting


Public relations and press

Portrait Hendrik Schneider

Contact person: Hendrik Schneider (Head)

Secretary: Margitta Mittelstedt, Katja Ehrlich

Staff: Sibylle Krickel

Staff: Tanja Kollersberger

Staff: Annika Grabau

Staff: Tom Baumeister

Staff: Lisa Brandt

Staff: Elke Thiele

Staff: Linda Frey

Staff: Helene Moritz

Working Areas

  • Public relations and press
  • Event management
  • Internal communication
  • ZALF-Media
  • Corporate Design

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