On 2 February 2022, the Academic Senate unanimously nominated Professor Dr. Sophia Becker, head of the Chair of Sustainable Mobility and Transdisciplinary Research Methods at TU Berlin, for election as third vice president. No further candidates stood for nomination. If Becker is elected, she will be responsible for issues of sustainability, transfer and transdisciplinarity as well as internal communications.
The Extended Academic Senate will convene on 9 February 2022 to elect the future 2nd and 3rd vice presidents. Christian Schröder, TU Berlin employee and chair of the Teaching Committee, is standing for election for the office of 2nd vice president with a focus on teaching and academics and Sophia Becker for the office of the 3rd vice president. Schröder was previously nominated by the Academic Senate on 17 November 2021.
Future president Professor Dr. Geraldine Rauch, researcher at the Charité, and future 1st vice president Professor Dr.-Ing. Stephan Völker, professor of lighting engineering, were elected to their respective offices in January.
The new Executive Board will take office 1 April 2022.
Access details for the election livestream on 9 February 2022 will be published here in good time.
About Professor Dr. Sophia Becker
Sophia Becker studied in Münster and Paris before earning her Diplom degree in psychology. She continued her studies under the supervision of Professor Dr. Dr. Ortwin Renn at the University of Stuttgart's Chair of Sociology of Technology, Risk and Environment, where she earned her doctorate. Her dissertation titled "Individuelles Rebound-Verhalten in der Pkw-Mobilität" [Individual Rebound Behavior in Car Mobility] was published in Springer VS Verlag's series of studies on mobility and transport research. In 2015 Becker completed a stay as visiting researcher at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, where her research focused on carsharing and individual life quality. Becker has also taught at several institutions, including environmental psychology at Leuphana University Lüneburg's Faculty of Sustainability from 2012 to 2014. She completed her postdoc as a mobility researcher at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) from 2017 to 2019.
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 is currently the deputy managing director of the Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies, member of the TU Berlin Extended Academic Senate, and a member of the executive board of the Einstein Center Climate Change and Public Policy of Human Settlements.
Professor Becker's research examines socio-technical transformation processes, sustainable mobility, individual behavior change, and mobility innovation. Her work also focuses on transdisciplinary research methods.