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Organisational Structure

GCSC Executive Board

The Director of Graduate Studies is the principal point of contact for the faculties, departments, and doctoral programmes. S/he has overall responsibility for the curriculum, the graduate research groups, the Graduate Career Services, and for international networks.
The Academic Manager is responsible for Research and Management Team of the GGK / GCSC and supports the Director in all matters relating to the ongoing work of the centre.
The Graduate Studies Executive is in charge of all formal aspects of graduate studies such as admissions procedure, the graduate prospectus, and university policy regarding graduate study in the participating faculties.
The Head of the Teaching Centre is responsible for courses and workshops on academic teaching as well as individual advising for instructors.
The Head of Research Coordination coordinates and organizes the centre's research program in close cooperation with its research groups (Research Areas, Emerging Topics Research Groups).

The current members of the Executive Board are:
    •    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ansgar Nünning (Director of Graduate Studies)
    •    Dr. habil. Michael Basseler (Academic Manager)
    •    Prof. Dr. Andreas Langenohl (Graduate Studies Executive)
    •    Prof. Dr. Katharina Stornig (Head of the Teaching Centre)
    •    Dr. Jens Kugele (Head of Research Coordination)

GGK Board of Directors

It serves as a steering committee responsible for determining the research programme, general management policy and finance plan, approving the curriculum, suggesting new members to the faculty, and appointing the members of the Executive Board.

As members of the Board of Directors have been elected (the representatives are followed by their replacement persons in the second column):

Professors (3 years)

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Nünning

no replacement person (Director)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Langenohl Prof. Dr. Greta Olson

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Ruby

Prof. Dr. Monika Wingender

Prof. Dr. Horst Carl

Prof. Dr. Cora Dietl

Prof. Dr. Katrin Lehnen

Prof. Dr. Kirsten von Hagen

Prof. Dr. Katharina Stornig

Prof. Dr. Peter Haslinger
Prof. Dr. Jörn Ahrens Prof. Dr. Falk Seiler

Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund

Prof. Dr. Anja Voeste

Prof. Dr. Katharina Lorenz

Prof. Dr. Encarnacíon Gutierrez-Rodriguez

GCSC-Postdocs (1 year)

Dr. Daria Steiner

GCSC Research and Management Team Representatives (1 year)

Ann Van de Veire

Jennifer Kappe

Katharina Wolf

Lena Nüchter

GGK-Doc Representatives (1 year)

Stefanie Lux


Sarah Teufel

GCSC Representatives

The Graduate Student Committee sends 2 members.

Student Assistant Representatives (1 year)

Felix Mansour

Hannah Heuper

Equal Opportunities Committee Representative

The Equal Opportunities Committee sends 1 member.

Equal Opportunities Committee

Given the delicacy of equal opportunity issues and their personal and professional implications, we would like to reassure you that we will treat every conversation or topic you would like to bring to our attention with respect and confidentiality. The EOC email address is managed by Sebastian Jung and he will listen to your concerns and discuss them with the entire committee according to your own preference.


Following members of EOC will be available as consultants in specific issues. Please contact them direclty in case you have a relevant issue to discuss. The communication will be regarded as confidential and will be handled with outmost care.

| Family and Career

| Women and Gender

| Internationals and Issues related to Migration

| Disabilities and LGBTQ

| Financial Issues and Income Inequalities  


The Equal Opportunities Committee (EOC) works in accordance with the concepts of gender equity and equal access to academic careers regardless of ethnic, cultural, geographical and social backgrounds, ability and health, as well as sexual and gender identity. It aims at furthering equal opportunities regarding the awarding of scholarships, staffing policies and organisational hierarchies.

The genders of doctoral students, scholarship holders and staff members should be balanced. However, key criteria for the awarding of scholarships and posts should be the applicant’s academic and personal profile. Accordingly, the EOC’s focus lies on personnel development that is sensitive to gender, culture and individual needs in order to sustainably support the GCSC and GGK’s further advancing of equity and diversity.

To facilitate the integration of equal opportunities perspectives into the daily workflow at the GCSC/GGK, we aim at professionalising the EOC’s efforts towards equal opportunities along the structural and HR benchmarks set out by the German Research Foundation (DFG). These especially refer to the negotiated agreements to which institutions funded by the Excellence Initiative subscribe: the direction-setting interim report as of 2011, and the evaluation of equal opportunities measurements in 2013.

At the core of the negotiated agreements are the tasks of:

  • Raising sensitivity to gender and culture in order to, for example, reveal how questions of difference influence existing academic structures, also and especially regarding the importance of equal opportunities within the Excellence Initiative;
  • Analysing gender-related concerns, as well as those of members with familial responsibilities, and considering them in decision-making processes;
  • Foster competencies in gender, cultural and ability sensitivity;
  • Anchor gender and difference studies in research;
  • Implement gender-sensitive language and ensure the accessibility of information to all members;
  • Develop measurements to promote the furthering of potentially underrepresented groups, such as achieving a balanced distribution of genders, representation of international members, and accessibility regardless of health and ability on all hierarchical levels of the GGK/GCSC.

The EOC regards it as central to further the reconcilability of family and (academic) careers. In this context, the EOC hopes to be perceived as both a point of contact and a special-interest group. Together with the GGK/GCSC sub-programme “Combining Career & Family”, the EOC works for the needs and requirements of all GGK/GCSC parents and caregivers.

Apart from contributing to the development of the GGK/GCSC by working with the Selection Committee and Board of Directors, the EOC offers workshops that are tailored to further sensitivity and reflect on the degree of sensitivity to difference within the institutional structures of the graduate centre. These workshops will contribute to basic knowledge transfer with regard to mainstreaming as well as foster competencies in equal opportunities work, also including the professorial level. Furthermore, workshops and lectures will provide information on the opportunities of potentially disadvantaged groups in post-doctoral top-level research and broach the issue of combining academic careers with familial responsibilities.

The Equal Opportunities Committee consists of two professors, two post-doctoral researchers and three doctoral students, one of these as a representative of the international doctoral members. EOC delegates are elected by GGK/GCSC members at the annual plenary meeting. Professors are elected for three years; all other members are elected for periods of one year.


Elected delegates:

  • Prof. Dr. Cora Dietl
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Späth
  • Dr. Daria Steiner
  • Dr. Anna Ladilova
  • Somaye Rezaei
  • Candace Goodrich
  • Sebastian Jung



GCSC Graduate Student Committee

It consists of four graduate students (one from each of the participating faculties and one representative of the international students, all four elected every year by their fellow doctoral students).

The elected members are:


GCSC Selection Committee

It consists of the members of the Executive Board, three Principal Investigators, the junior professor, one postdoctoral researcher, a deputy of the Equal Opportunities Committee and 2 doctoral students (one of them is a international PhD student)

The members are:

By office:

  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Nünning (Executive Board)
  • Dr. habil. Michael Basseler (Executive Board)

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Langenohl (Executive Board)
  • Dr. Jens Kugele (Executive Board)
  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Stornig (GCSC Junior Professor)
  • one deputy of the Equal Opportunities Committee


  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Hattendorff
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Jacob
  • Prof. Dr. Sigrid Ruby
  • Juan Brigard
  • Vira Sachenko

General Statutes

The new statutes have passed the general meeting of the GCSC.