Vice President for Sustainability, Internal Communication, Transfer, and Transdisciplinarity

Prof. Dr.

Sophia Becker

Vice President for Sustainability, Internal Communication, Transfer, and Transdisciplinarity

+49 (0)30 314-24286

Organization name Technische Universität Berlin
Building Hauptgebäude
Room H 1016
Address Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Short biography

Sophia Becker studied in Münster and Paris, completing a Diplom degree in psychology. She earned her doctorate at the University of Stuttgart's Chair of Sociology of Technology, Risk and Environment where she wrote her dissertation titled Individuelles Rebound-Verhalten in der Pkw-Mobilität (Individual Rebound Behavior in Car Mobility). Following her studies, Becker conducted research on mobility at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam. Since 2019 she has been head of the inter and transdisciplinary junior research group The Transport Transition as a Socio-Ecological Real-World Experiment (EXPERI) and in 2020 was appointed professor of sustainability mobility and transdisciplinary research methods (NaMo) at TU Berlin. Becker is also head of the research group Methods of Transformative Policy Advice at IASS Potsdam.

Sophia Becker has been vice president for sustainability, internal communication, transfer, and transdisciplinarity since 1 April 2022.

Professor Becker is a member of the TU Berlin Extended Academic Senate. She is also a member of the institute council for the Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies (IBBA), where she served as deputy managing director from 2021 to 2022. In addition, Sophia Becker has been a member of the scientific advisory board and the supporting association of the professional journal GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society since 2018.

She also taught at several institutions, including the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University Lüneburg (2012 to 2014). In 2015 she conducted research on carsharing and individual life quality at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Sophia Becker's research examines socio-technical transformation processes, sustainable mobility, individual behavior change, and mobility innovation.

Her work also focuses on transdisciplinary research methods. A particular focus of her research is dedicated to examining and supporting the mobility transition in Berlin and Brandenburg. Professor Becker is active in science communication and policy advising at municipal, state, and federal level.

How and where can I meet and talk to the vice president?

Sophia Becker offers all University members office hours for topics under her remit. All members of the University are invited to make use of this offer. Please register in advance at the following e-mail address: vp-nt(at)

The appointments usually take place in the office of the vice president. However, you can also participate digitally upon request.

The following office hours are currently scheduled:

  • 22 April 2022, 11:30-12:30

  • 27 May 2022, 11:30-12:30

  • 27 June 2022, 15:00-16:00

  • 11 July 2022, 15:00-16:00

Areas of responsibility and projects (preliminary list)

Sustainability, in collaboration with the Council for Sustainable Development
Implementation of the climate protection strategy, in collaboration with the Climate Action Task Force
Advancement of junior scholars, in collaboration with the Center for Junior Scholars
Einstein Center Climate Change for Public Policy and Human Settlements (ECCC), Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg (CCC)
Campus Charlottenburg
Climate KIC
Chemical Invention Factory (CIF)
Center for Technology and Society (CTS)
Center for Entrepreneurship (CfE), Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Center for Intellectual Property (DCAITI)
Bauakademie (Building Academy)
Internal communication, with a focus on strengthening cooperation between science and administration
Transdisciplinarity, including the Science & Society section, citizen science
Knowledge and technology transfer, in collaboration with the Transfer Advisory Council
Transfer within the Berlin University Alliance
Transdisciplinarity in the ENHANCE Alliance

The 100-day program

The Executive Board will provide regular reports on its strategic planning. This includes the 100-day program from summer semester 2022 as well as programs for the following semesters. The results of surveys and other activities as well as a review and the outcomes of the annual retreat for staff and students at TU Berlin will also be published.

Transparency, Participation and Development

Office of the Vice President for Sustainability, Internal Communication, Transfer, and Transdisciplinarity

Peter Schust

Office of the Vice-president for Sustainability, Internal Communication, Transfer and Transdisciplinarity

+49 (0)30 314-24286

Office VP-NT
Room H 1017

Meike Ortmanns

Personal Assistant to the Vice President for Sustainability, Internal Communication, Transfer, and Transdisciplinarity

+49 (0)30 314-24316

Virginia Engels

Personal Assistant to the Vice President for Sustainability, Internal Communication, Transfer, and Transdisciplinarity

+49 30 314-24316

Caya Prill

Coordinator for climate protection and sustainability

+49 (0)30 314-21690

Room H 1504

Strategic Projects/Transdisciplinarity


Audrey-Catherine Podann

Advisor for Strategic Projects

+49 30 314-29149

Room H 2052

Ann-Marie Ring

Speaker Research Forum City and Climate

+49 (0)30 314-26096

Room H 1106/a


Anja Steglich

Speaker on Urban Transformation and Transfer, Coordination StadtManufaktur

+49 (0)30 314-26097

Room H 1106A

Nadin Gaasch

Speaker Research Forums for the Berlin University Alliance

Prof. Dr.

Kathrin Wieck

Speaker Research Forum City and Climate

+49 30 314-28277