Management board and scientific advisory board

Management Board of the Department

The department members elect a management board for their organisation which manages the department. The management board contributes to decisions about obtaining membership and is in charge of the conceptual development of the department and the activity planning. It comments on research applications and current topics and agrees upon strategies with the scientific board, which advises regarding strategic department development issues. The department’s management board comprises of up to 7 department members. The board will be elected by the general assembly for two years each. The members of the management board shall represent the department’s range of subjects.

Scientific Advisory Board of the Department

Every Management Board of the department is supplemented by a Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board comprises of three persons minimum. They are appointed upon proposal of the department’s management board by the Rector of the University of Rostock. The term of office of the members is four years. The members are internationally renowned scientists from the department’s science fields as well as economic players. The Scientific Advisory Board advises the Management Board regarding all significant scientific questions, particularly those related to long-term research and development planning.

The Management Board of the department Life, Light and Matter recommended to appoint the following internationally renowned scientists which were appointed by the rector with effect 1 October 2010 for a first term of office 2010 to 2014. We are pleased to announce that all three Advisory Board Members confirmed to contribute to the Advisory Board for a second term of office. The Rector of the University of Rostock, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schareck, appointed all previous Advisory Board members for another four year period on 1 October 2014.

Members of the Management Board

Members of the Management Board

Periode of office 2022-2024

  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann, MNF (IfCh), Speaker of the Management Board
  • Prof. Dr. Simone Baltrusch, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Olaf Kessler, MSF
  • PD Dr. Marcus Frank, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Björn Corzilius, MNF (IfCH)
  • Prof. Dr. Sylvia Speller, MNF (IfPH)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Klinke, MNF (IfPH)
Associated Board Members

Associated Board Members

Periode of office 2022-2024

  • Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meiwes-Broer, MNF
  • Prof. Dr. Robert David, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Grabow, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Lochbrunner, MNF
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Stachs, UMR
  • Prof. Dr. Udo Kragl, MNF
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig, MNF
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula van Rienen, IEF
  • Prof. Dr. Friedemann Reinhard, MNF
Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Dr. med. habil. Reginald Birngruber

    Prof. em. University of Lübeck
    Former Director of the Institute for Biomedical Optics at the University of Lübeck
    Former Managing Director of the Medical Laser Center Lübeck


Prof. Dr. Matthias Drieß

    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin
    Spokesman of the Unicat Cluster of Excellence since 2007


Prof. Dr. Alexander Heisterkamp

    Professor at the Institute for Quantum Optics at Leibniz Universität Hannover
    Member of the Scientific Board of Directors of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Quandt

    Professor of Inorganic Functional Materials at the University of Kiel
    Spokesperson-SFB 855: Magnetoelectric composites - biomagnetic interfaces of the future
    Vice President for Research, Scientific Infrastructure and Transfer at Kiel University


Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Sebastian M. Schmidt

    Scientific Director of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
    Area of expertise: Quantum statistics of strongly correlated systems, QCD and QED under extreme conditions


Head of Department

Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann
Tel.: 0381/498 6460
E-Mail: ralf.zimmermann(at)

Deputy Head of the Department

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meiwes-Broer
Tel.: 0381/498 8910
E-Mail: meiwes(at)

Scientific coordinator Networked Matter

Dr. Ralf Jaiser
Tel.: 0381/498-8913
Albert-Einstein Str. 25, 18059 Rostock; Raum 236

Scientific coordinator Department LL&M

Dr. Susanne Radloff
Tel.: 0381/498-8911
Fax: 0381/498-6802
Albert-Einstein Str. 25, 18059 Rostock; Raum 235
E-Mail: susanne.radloff(at)