Professor Dr. Geraldine Rauch was elected to the office of president at TU Berlin in the first round of voting. She received 31 votes from the Extended Academic Senate. Her four-year term of office begins 1 April 2022. This makes Rauch the first woman to be elected president of Technische Universität Berlin.
Ulrike Woggon, physics professor, and Christian Thomsen, current TU president, also stood for election. Woggon received 7 votes and Thomsen 21. Two votes were determined invalid.
Geraldine Rauch: "We are facing tremendous ecological and social challenges, including climate change, demographic change, and the energy and transport transition. TU Berlin will play a key role in this. The University must serve as the central pillar of technology transfer and social integration in Berlin. No other university has the technological profile to take on these issues. And, no other university also offers its breadth of humanities, social sciences, and business and management subjects to drive real change in society. Now is the time to strengthen and openly showcase our areas of focus – within the Berlin University Alliance, Germany, and beyond. It is our joint task to develop technological and social solutions. To achieve this, we need collaboration and dialog among all members of the university and across all disciplines.
As the Executive Board, we want the University to be strong both inside and out. University should be enjoyable. Our goal is to make a lasting investment in appreciative, reliable cooperation, transparent communication, and fair working conditions."
An absolute majority (31 votes) was required to be elected. There are a total of 61 members in the Extended Academic Senate, which comprises 31 professors, ten academic staff, ten students, as well as ten staff in administration and technology, all of whom are members of the Academic Senate.
Over the next several weeks, elections for the offices of vice president will be held.
Professor Dr. Geraldine Rauch is the vice dean of education (Life and Health Sciences) at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin as well as director of the Institute of Biometry and Clinical Epidemiology with a team of 36 researchers. She studied mathematics at the University of Bremen and completed her dissertation thesis at Roche Diagnostics GmbH in Penzberg. From 2009 to 2016 she was a researcher and lecturer at the University of Heidelberg, where she acquired her Venia legendi in medical biometry in 2015. In 2017, she took up an appointment as professor (W3) of medical biometry at the University Medical-Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Just six months later, she came to Berlin to take up her current professorship at the Charité. Geraldine Rauch is an elected review board member for the German Research Foundation and has written several textbooks and monographs. She is actively dedicated to issues regarding the advancement of junior scholars.
Information about the TU Berlin elections can be found at: Elections at TU Berlin
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