The Research Council is appointed by the Rectorate for the duration of its term in office. It advises the University management in all matters related to initiating, coordinating, and financing research projects and alliances, and provides quality assurance support with applications for third-party funding. Its activities include advising academic staff at the University of Münster and drafting recommendations for approval by the Rectorate.
Prof Dr Dr hc Hans-Uwe Erichsen (Chairman)
Prof Dr Dr hc Hans-Uwe Erichsen, born in Flensburg in 1934, studied Law at the Universities of Freiburg, Hamburg and Kiel, received his doctorate in Kiel in 1963 and earned his habilitation at the University of Münster in 1969. From 1970 to 1981, he was a professor for Public Law and European Law in Bochum, then transferred to the University of Münster where he remained until his retirement in 2000.
From 1986 to 1990, he served as Rector of the University of Münster, followed by appointments as President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) until 1997 and President of the Confederation of European Union Rectors' Conferences until 1999. From 1999 to 2001, he served as chairman of a council of experts on the "Quality Pact for Teaching", implemented by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and its universities.
Prof Dr Gerhard Erker
Prof Dr Gerhard Erker was born in Oberhausen in 1946 and studied Chemistry in Cologne. In 1973, he earned his doctorate in Bochum and conducted post-doctoral research at Princeton University. He earned his habilitation in Bochum in 1981.
From 1985 to 1990, he taught at the University of Würzburg. In 1990, he was appointed professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster where he has taught ever since. In 2000 and 2001, Professor Erker served as President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh). From 2002 to 2008, he was a member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Prof Dr Peter Funke
Prof Dr Peter Funke, born in Rheine in 1950, studied History and German Studies in Münster and earned his doctoral degree in Cologne in 1978. Following his habilitation in Cologne in 1985, he was appointed chair of Ancient History at the University of Siegen. He has been a professor of Ancient History at the University of Münster since 1988. From 1990 to 1994, he served as Vice-Rector for Teaching and Studies, and from 2004 to 2008, he was chairman of the Association of German Historians (VHD). Between 2005 and 2010, Professor Funke was a member of the Central Committee and the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG), and served as its Vice-President from 2010 to 2016. From 2006 to 2015, he was a member of the Core Group and Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation. From 2007 to 2017, he was a member (and since 2011, also the deputy of the President) of the Executive Committee at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). Professor Funke has been a scientific advisor to the German-Israeli Foundation since 2005 and a member of the committee “Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt” (Basic Research on the Ancient World) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2007.
Prof Dr Stephan Ludwig
Prof Dr Stephan Ludwig was born in Gießen, Germany, in 1962, where he also studied Chemistry. In 1993, he completed his PhD on structure-function relationships of influenza virus proteins at the Institute of Virology at the University of Giessen. He then changed his research field to cancer research at the University of Würzburg, where he built up his own independent workgroup. He earned his habilitation in 2000. In 2002, he was appointed to a C3 professorship for Molecular Medicine at the University of Düsseldorf. In November 2004, he came to the University of Münster to head the Institute of Molecular Virology at the Center for Molecular Biology of Inflammation (ZMBE). Professor Ludwig is the coordinator of the FluResearchNet, a nationwide research network on influenza, and the National Research Platform for Zoonoses funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). From 2009 to 2016, he served as Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Münster and has been a permanent guest at the Research Council’s meetings since 2009.
Prof Dr Hans-Christian Pape
Prof Dr Hans-Christian Pape was born in Bad Oeynhausen in 1956, studied Biology at the University of Bochum (RUB), earned his doctorate in 1986 and did post-doctoral research at Yale University et al. After earning his habilitation in Physiology in 1992 and receiving a DFG Heisenberg Programme fellowship, he accepted an appointment as professor of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg in 1994. In 2004 he became the director of the Institute of Physiology I at the University of Münster.
Professor Pape’s main research interests are waking and sleeping processes and emotional behaviour. He has served as spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre “Limbic Structures and Functions” (SFB 426) and is now the spokesperson for the Collaborative Research Centre “Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders” (SFB-TRR58). He has received a number of awards for his research achievements including the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the DFG in 1999 and the Max Planck Research Award in 2007. In 2006 he was selected “Teacher of the Year” at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Münster. Professor Pape was a member of the DFG Senate from 1999 to 2005. He is currently a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (since 2011) in which he serves as chairman of the Scientific Commission.
Prof Dr Andreas Pfingsten (Deputy Chairman)
Prof Dr Andreas Pfingsten, born in 1957, studied Industrial Engineering (Diplom) at the University of Karlsruhe and went on to earn his doctorate in Economics in 1985. After earning his habilitation in Macroeconomics (Karlsruhe, 1988), he was appointed chair of the Economics department at the University of Siegen in 1990. Since 1994, he worked at the University of Münster as a professor of Business Administration. Professor Pfingsten has been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences since 1999.
Prof Dr Norbert Sachser
Prof Dr Norbert Sachser, born in 1954, studied Biology, Chemistry and Sociology in Bielefeld, where he also earned his doctorate in 1984. He received his habilitation in Zoology at the University of Bayreuth in 1992. He has been teaching Zoology with specialisation in Behavioural Biology at the University of Münster since 1994. Prof. Dr. Sachser was the German representative in the International Council of Ethologists from 1988 to 1996, and then served as Vice President and later President of the Ethologische Gesellschaft from 1997 to 2002. He became an honorary member of the association in 2012. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Biology.
Prof Dr Ludwig Siep
Prof Dr Ludwig Siep was born in Solingen in 1942. Following his studies in Philosophy, German Studies, History and Political Studies in Cologne and Freiburg, he earned his PhD (1969) and habilitation (1976) in Freiburg. From 1979 to 1986, he was a full professor at the University of Duisburg. In 1986, he was appointed professor of Philosophy at the University of Münster, where he also served as director of the Philosophy Department until his retirement in 2011. Since then, he has been actively involved as a senior professor in the Excellence Cluster "Religion and Politics" at the University of Münster. Professor Siep is a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. From 2002 to 2011, he chaired the Central Ethics Committee for Stem Cell Research in Germany.