Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China

Dr. Dirk Forschner

Geboren 1958 in Karlsruhe-Durlach

Dr. Dirk Forschner lehrt und forscht am China Center. Seine Magisterarbeit an der FU Berlin schrieb er zum Thema: Beijing und seine Straßenbahnen (1990); es folgte die Dissertation an der FU Berlin mit dem Thema: Die Fahrmeisterausbildung für Metro Shanghai (1996); tätig als Projektleiter Personalausbildung in den U-Bahn Projekten Shanghai Linie 1 und 2, Guangzhou Linie 1 und 2, Beijing, und Shenzhen; wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im DFG-Projekt „Making Technology Appropriate - German Steam Locomotives in China“ (2011-2014).


  • M.A. and PhD Studies and Research FU Berlin and LMU Munich (modern history of China, technical history of mobility in China, history of mobility in Europe, special Berlin, London)
  • 10 years working experience in several metro projects in China like, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen
  • Fluent Chinese, professional speaking esp. rail bound transport systems
  • Industry expertise in metro and railway rolling stock and traction devices
  • Key proficiencies in consulting and personnel training
  • Extensive professional network in rail systems both in China and in Europe


Sep. 2007 – present

Scientist at TU Berlin, Faculty I, China Arbeitsstelle and China Center and Faculty V, Construction of machinery systems together with Prof. Henning Meyer

1993 – 2007

Chief of the China Institut of Technische Fachhochschule Wildau (University of Applied Sciences), lectures in Chinese language and modern history of China, several Metro projects in the PR of China, project manager personnel training

1991 -1993

Employee of BVC (Berliner Verkehrs Consulting) and project manager of personnel training Metro Shanghai line one.


1996 Ph. D. at FU Berlin, Training of Operation Personnel of Metro Shanghai Line One

1991 M.A. at FU Berlin, The Tramways of Beijing (Beijing und seine Strassenbahnen)

1985/6 Study at Peking University, Modern History and History of rail bound metropolitan transport in China

1983/4 Study at LMU Munich, Classical Chinese and literature


WS 22/23, International technical influence parameters on the development of the railways of China
WS 21/22, Innovation fields in rail bound mobility systems
WS 20/21, The uprise of CRRC
SS 20, Public E Mobility
WS 19/20, German railway projects in China


Dirk Forschner

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