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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
  • Press and public relations


Portait Frank Ewert 
Scientific Director

Prof. Dr. Frank A. Ewert


Assistance and organisation

Contact person: Ute Baumgärtel


Coordination of the tasks of the directorate


Contact person: Dr. Hans-Peter Ende

  • Office of the Executive Board and the ZALF Board
  • Documentation of meetings
  • Follow-up of recommendations, implementation of decisions
  • Communication between the boards
  • Contact for internal and external inquiries
  • Resource planning and monitoring for the directorate


Research management

Portrait Katharina Brüser 

Contact person: Katharina Brüser

Working Areas

  • Strategy and organizational development
  • Design and implementation of internal and external quality assurance (Leibniz Evaluations, audits), reporting
  • Strategy and support measure for early career researchers
  • Responsible for boards and internal tasks forces
  • Contribution to knowledge transfer strategy and measures at ZALF
  • Joint appointments with universities



Contact person: Dr. Madlen Walther

Working Areas

  • Coordination of national and international calls for proposals
  • Research management and strategy
  • Research funding: information and support
  • Coordination and support for EU calls
  • Support for Young Researchers Groups
  • Contact to funding authorities


Portrait Chritiane Wolf Suzuki

Contact person: Christiane Wolf Suzuki, Dr. Susanne Kramer

Working Areas

  • Contact for science transfer activities
  • Tenure Track System
  • Compilation ZALF Programme Budget
  • Strategic cooperations and partnerships
  • Academic appointment processes


 Portrait Christiane Schulz 

Contact person: Dr. Christiane Schulz

Working Areas

  • Organization of and participation in processes for the further development and implementation of the ZALF research strategy
  • Strategic development of ZALF’s internal organizational structures
  • Organization, supervision and development of the ZALF Tenure Track System
  • Organization, monitoring and implementation of external (e.g. Leibniz evaluation, Audit of the Scientific Advisory Board) and internal evaluation procedures (e.g. WG evaluation)
  • Organization, preparation and support of committee meetings, especially ZALF Research Commissions and Strategy Retreats
  • Contribution to the ZALF Programme Budget (preparation, coordination and technical integration of the research programme as well as the scientific performance goals)
  • Design and organisation of ZALF-internal measures to promote integrative research


Public relations and press

Portrait Hendrik Schneider 

Contact person: Hendrik Schneider (Head)

Secretary: Margitta Mittelstedt, Sarah Distelkam

Staff: Sibylle Krickel

Staff: Tom Baumeister

Working Areas

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

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