An Academic Advisory Council has been appointed to guarantee the academic quality of the individuals and projects funded by the Private Excellence Initiative Johanna Quandt. In addition to their own academic achievements, the Council’s members are distinguished by having been familiar with the German higher education and research system for a large number of years, by an international perspective as well as by their research policy expertise.
From 1976 to 1982, Matthias Kleiner studied mechanical engineering at the University of Dortmund, where he also qualified as a university lecturer in the subject of forming in 1991. From 1994 to 1998, he was Full Professor of Construction and Manufacture at Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus. In 1997, Matthias Kleiner was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation. One year later, he was appointed to University of Dortmund’s Chair of Forming, and between 2004 and 2006, he was Managing Institute Director of the newly founded Institute of Forming and Lightweight Construction (IUL). Matthias Kleiner is a member of numerous national and international academies, committees, and advisory councils. In the spring of 2011, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Ethics Commission on Safe Energy Supply. From January 2007 to December 2012, he was President of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since July 2014, Matthias Kleiner has been President of the Leibniz Association.
Professor Bruckner-Tuderman is Medical Director and a consulting physician in dermatology and venerology at the University Skin Clinic in Freiburg. She studied medicine at the University of Oulu, in Finland, and in 1976, received her state and academic certification as a physician. She then spent several years of research stays in the USA and in Switzerland before working as an assistant and, later, a senior physician at the Dermatological Clinic of Zurich University Hospital from 1984 to 1993. From 1993 to 2002, Professor Bruckner-Tuderman was a senior physician at Münster University Clinic of Dermatology and Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Harvard Medical School. Professor Bruckner-Tuderman is a member of various academic societies and academies, and since 2012, she has been Vice-President of the German Research Foundation; she has been honoured with numerous prizes and distinctions.
Professor Klingebiel is Director of the Clinic for Childhood and Adolescent Medicine of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt and Vice-Dean of the Medical Department. He studied human medicine at the Universities of Marburg and Lübeck, and earned a doctorate, also at the University of Lübeck, in 1981. He subsequently worked as a scientific assistant at the Pathological Institute and the Paediatric Clinic of the University of Tübingen. In 2000, he accepted a call to the University of Frankfurt am Main to become a Professor of Paediatrics at the Centre for Childhood and Adolescent Medicine. Professor Klingebiel was Chairman of the Society for Paediatric Oncology and Haematology and is a member of various study commissions and national and international societies. In addition, he has been conferred the Professor Otto Roth Doctoral Prize, the Van Bekkum Award and the Prize for Excellent Teaching of the University of Frankfurt’s Medical Department.
Professor Simon is Senator of the Helmholtz Association for the research area of “Health” and Executive Board Chair and Medical Chair of University Medicine in Mainz. Having studied human medicine at the University of Freiburg and the Cantonal Hospital of Basel, she earned a doctorate at the University of Freiburg in 1986. Following a research stay lasting several years at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, she headed the research laboratory “Gastrointestinal Oncology and Endocrinology” at Philipps University Marburg Clinic from 1990 on, qualified as a university professor in 1998, and became supernumerary professor in 2003. Simon is a consulting physician for internal medicine with a focus on gastroenterology and acquired an M. Sc. Health Care Management of the University of Heidelberg/Mannheim in 2005. From 2006 to 2010, she was Vice-President of the University of Marburg. Professor Simon performs a wide range of review activities and holds responsibilities in various specialist societies, foundations, administrative councils of newly founded institutions and university institutes as well as scientific organisations. From 2009-2012, she was a member of the Scientific Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities and is a member of the Medical Committee. From 2010 to 2014, she was President of Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg.
Professor Stock has been President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2006, since 2008 President of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and since April 2012 President of the All European Academies; furthermore, he is the Masterplan Coordinator of HealthCapital Berlin-Brandenburg. He studied medicine in Heidelberg and, after having earned his doctorate and qualified as a university lecturer, accepted a call to the University of Heidelberg as a Professor of Vegetative Physiology in 1980. From 1983 on, he worked for Schering AG, ultimately as a member of its executive board. There, his responsibilities included the field of research and development. He is Senator of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina and the German Research Foundation and is also a member of several Boards of Trustees, supervisory boards and scientific institutions. Professor Stock is a bearer of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin.