Eleonore Trefftz Programme for Visiting Women Professors

drei Frauen gehen eine Treppe nach oben (Blick von hinten, nur Beine sichtbar)

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About the Programme

The programme allows women professors to visit faculties for one or two semesters. These visiting professors independently represent their subject in the fields of teaching and research.

The selection process for the next round until the end of 2017 is already completed.

The main idea for setting up the Eleonore Trefftz Programme for Visiting Women Professors is to promote female academics’ careers with the aim of improving their prospects in sciences. The programme also provides female students in subjects where there are few or no female professors with a role model for their academic career.

Eleonore Trefftz Coverbild (Referat Gleichstellung)


The programme is named after Eleonore Trefftz, who studied Mathematics and Physics at TU Dresden between 1941 and 1945, then also lectured here, before becoming the first female director of the Max Planck Institute of Physics in 1972.

Currently Visiting

DR. ASTER GEBREKIRSTOS - World Agroforestry Centre (Kenya)


Prof. Madhuri Wuppulluri

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July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Prof. Madhuri Wuppulluri has been Assistant Professor of Physics at VIT University in Vellore (India) since 2009. From July 2016, she will spend a year as Eleonore Trefftz Visiting Professor at the Chair of Building Energy Systems and Heat Supply of TU Dresden.

She will be part of a joint research group working with Prof. Joachim Seifert and the Institute of Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden on developing innovative energy-efficient cooling systems. This project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Prof. Wuppulluri will also be participating in several lectures in the field of materials sciences and material physics.

Trefftz-Begrüßung 2013

Welcome Reception for the first Eleonore Trefftz Professors on November 19, 2013 (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Vladislava Warditz, Dr. Sabine Lammers, Dr. Anita Behme, Dr. Sina Ober-Blöbaum © Robert Lohse

Previous Trefftz Professors at a glance

DR. CHRISTIN SEIFERT - University of Passau (Germany)

Porträt Dr. Christin Seifert

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April 1 - September 30, 2016
Faculty of Computer Science

Christin Seifert studied Computer Science at the Chair of Artificial Intelligence at TU Chemnitz, and wrote her doctoral thesis at the Institute of Knowledge Management at TU Graz in Austria.
Since 2012, she has been a research assistant at the University of Passau.

During her stay at TUD, she contributed her expertise to the field of interactive visual data analysis at the Faculty of Computer Science in the area of media computer science. In doing so, she worked closely with the Chairs of Computer Graphics and Visualisation, Multimedia Technology, and Image Processing. This included, for example, the development of new user interfaces that are as natural as possible and that have interactive modalities such as multi-touch, pen input and eye control.
In the summer semester 2016, she gave a lecture and a tutorial on "Search User Interfaces".

PROF. LUCIA DELOGU - Sassari University (Italy)

Porträt Prof. Lucia Delogu

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April 1 - September 30, 2016
Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Lucia Gemma Delogu has been Assistant Professor for Biochemistry at the Sassari University in Sardinia since 2012.

The Italian has been working as Post Doc at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles (USA) from 2007 to 2009. Before, she had written her master and PhD theses in the fields of Biology und Biochemistry in Sardinia.

Her research focus is on bionanotechnology for biomedical applications, e.g. for diagnosis and therapy technologies of breast cancer and treatments against this kind of tumor. Furthermore, she is doing research on gender-related topics, especially in the area of nanotechnologies and held lectures at TUD on the most important women leading scientists and their research conditions.

PROF. KATJA LOOS - University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Porträt Prof. Katja Loos

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April 1 - September 30, 2016
Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry

Katja Loos is Professor of Polymer Chemistry at the Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry and New Polymer Materials and at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She completed her diploma degree in Chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz in 1996, and was awarded her doctorate in 2001 at the Universität Bayreuth. She has been a professor at Groningen since 2003, following a postdoctoral stay (working with Prof. Ulman) at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn.

Her research interests include the production of customised polymers using new, environmentally-friendly bio-catalytic methods. Prof. Loos is known predominantly for her key contributions in the field of enzymatic polymerisation and the study of self-organisation of polymers.

Her stay as Eleonore Trefftz Visiting Professor supported teaching and research at the Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry in the field of bio-catalysis and sustainable production methods of synthetic materials. In joint projects with the Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry, new approaches in enzymatic catalysis and the design of carrier materials have been explored.

PROF. MICHELLE CRASKE - University of California (USA)

Porträt Prof. Michelle Craske

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April 15 - June 30, 2016
Department of Psychology

Michelle Genevieve Craske is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and also Director of the Excellence Anxiety and Depression Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

As a clinical psychologist, Prof. Craske is an internationally acclaimed researcher who has produced pioneering experimental and clinical works on the causes and treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. In more than 400 specialist articles, she has devoted herself to researching the underlying mechanisms of these psychological disorders. Her findings of worldwide renown have led to a better understanding of the cause of these disorders and to new models of direct relevance for therapy.

An important focal point of her work at TUD was translational research, thus the "translation" of her basic findings into more effective methods of therapy for treating anxiety and depression. Her visiting professorship strengthened the intensive collaboration in this field between UCLA and TUD that has existed for decades; in terms of content, it complemented the nationwide BMBF joint project PROTECT, headed by the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, in which strategies for optimising exposure-based interventions in anxiety research are tested.

DR. NATALIA PELLEGATA - Helmholtz-Zentrum Munich (Germany)

Porträt Dr. Natalia Pellegata

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October 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016
School of Medicine

Dr. Pellegata studied Biology at the University of Pavia. After being awarded her doctorate, she worked as a postdoc at the Cancer Research Center of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (USA).
She has been a research assistant at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich since 2002. She works at the Institute of Pathology, where she heads the Neuroendocrine Cell Transformation and Dysfunction Research Group.

Natalia Pellegata holds lectures on, among other things, “Molekulare Pathologie” (molecular pathology) and “Organspezifische Molekulare Tumorgenese” (organ-specific molecular tumorigenesis) at Technische Universität München.
In addition, she has conducted “role model” seminars for women researchers at TU München and the Helmholtz Zentrum München.

Together with Prof. Eisenhofer from TU Dresden’s Faculty of Medicine, she set up a new research project in the field of molecular endocrinology in the 2015/16 winter semester, and also taught Master’s students and doctoral candidates.
As part of her Trefftz visiting professorship, she also maintained cooperations with researchers from the DFG-financed “Dresden Adrenal Center” (Dr. T. Chavakis, Dr. Androutsellis-Theotokis, Dr. Ehrhart-Bornstein).

DR. CAROLIN HAUSER - Fraunhofer IVV Freising (Germany)

Porträt Dr. Carolin Hauser

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October 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016
Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Carolin Hauser has been a research assistant at the Department of Retention of Food Quality of the Fraunhofer Institute of Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) in Freising near Munich since 2008. She also has been equal opportunities officer at the IVV since 2014.

Between 2009 and 2011 she was a research assistant at the Chair of Food Packaging Technology of Technische Universität München, where she headed several research projects.
Dr. Hauser is a registered food chemist and gained her doctorate in 2012 at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg on the topic of "Antimicrobial active packaging foil". As a guest researcher and postdoc, she spent several months on research visits on this topic at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

During her stay at TUD, Dr. Hauser strengthened the collaboration of TU Dresden with the Fraunhofer Institute at Freising and the Chair of Processing Machines and Processing Technology of Prof. Majschak as well as the Chair of Bioprocess Engineering of Prof. Bley in the area of hygienic production. This mainly involved the removal from product surfaces of micro-organisms that can lead to infectious diseases in consumers. Dr. Hauser also held lectures at TUD on this topic. 

PROF. RACHEL KRAUT - Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Porträt Prof. Rachel Kraut

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April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016
School of Medicine/BIOTEC

In 1986, Rachel Kraut completed her Bachelor‘s Degree in Biology at Yale University (USA) and gained her doctorate at Columbia University in New York in 1991.
She is currently Associate Professor of Biology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The American was on a research visit for two semesters at BIOTEC and taught courses in the field of neurobiology for the various Master’s programmes. She also led laboratory practicals which employed optogenetic technologies for minimally invasive behavioural manipulation in fruit flies (Drosophila). 

PROF. ESTHER HAGENLOCHER - University of Oregon (USA)

Porträt Prof. Esther Hagenlocher

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April 1 - September 30, 2015
Faculty of Architecture

Esther Hagenlocher studied at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart and at the University of London’s Bartlett School of Architecture.
She is Associate Professor at the University of Oregon in Eugene (USA), where she has been teaching courses in Architecture and Interior Design since 2004.

For a number of years now, Esther Hagenlocher’s main area of research has been the “interaction of light and space”. She gave various seminars on that subject while staying at TU Dresden and assisted in setting up a special light laboratory at TUD, such as the one that has already existed in Oregon for some time.

Her experience was also in demand for the current BMBF Research Project “FARBAKS: Farbe als Akteur und Speicher – Historisch-kritische Analyse der Materialität und kulturellen Codierung von Farbe” (Colour as actor and memory  - historical- critical analysis of the materiality and cultural codification of colour).
She was also involved in preparing an international Dresdner Farbenforum symposium on “Didactics of Colour in Architecture and Design”.

PROF. ROSS RINALDI - University of Salento (Italy)

Porträt Prof. Ross Rinaldi

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April 1 - September 30, 2015
Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Ross Rinaldi completed her degree in Physics in 1991 at the University of Bari. In 1993, she was awarded the Italian Physical Society‘s prize for best junior researcher. She gained her doctorate in 1994  and then worked at the Department of Materials Science at the University of Lecce until 1999. In 2001, she was appointed Professor of Physics at the University of Lecce.

Ross Rinaldi has been a professor at the University of Salento since 2006. She is head of the School of Natural Sciences, and is also the coordinator of a graduate academy for nanosciences.
Ross Rinaldi has published more than 240 articles in international scientific journals and more than ten monographs, as well as being the holder of eleven patents.

During the 2015 summer semester, Ross Rinaldi held a variety of lectures in the field of nanotechnology. In particular, these will be offered for the members of staff of the TUD Cluster of Excellence for Electronics, the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed), as well as for the international Master’s Programmes for Nanobiophysics, Organic Molecular Electronics and Nanoelectronic Systems.

PROF. HONGWEI DING - Shanghai Jiaotong University (China)

Porträt Prof. Honwei Ding

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April 1 - September 30, 2015
Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. Ding holds a Chair of Phonetics and Speech Technology at the renowned Shanghai Jiaotong University in China,  and has already spent many years researching into the development of language learning software.

After her studies in computational linguists at Shanghai Jiaotong University, she carried out research in the field of speech processing and synthesis at TU Dresden, where she also completed her doctoral and habilitation theses.

She was involved in the development of the language learning software AZAR (Automat zur Akzentreduzierung – a learning system for accent reduction). Prof. Ding is now working on the development of such a system for the Chinese language. To this end, she carried out research at the TUD Junior Chair for Cognitive Systems of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

► „AZAR killt den Akzent” - Frankfurter Rundschau; August 30, 2008

PROF. SIGAL KAPLAN - Technical University of Denmark

Porträt Prof. Sigal Kaplan

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October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015
Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Science "Friedrich List"

Assoc. Prof. Sigal Kaplan studied Civil Engineering and Transportation Engineering at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Master‘s 2000).
After working as a transport consultant and holding positions as a research and teaching assistant, she pursued PhD studies (2004 – 2010) on “Development and estimation of a semi-compensatory with a flexible error structure: application to residential choice”.
Following on from this, Prof. Kaplan spent a short time working as Senior Research Fellow at the Transportation Research Institute of Technion and in 2010, relocated to the Technical University of Denmark to take up a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Transport.
Since 2013, Prof. Kaplan has been Associate Professor of Traffic Modelling and Planning at the Technical University of Denmark.

The focus of her research is on traffic planning, traffic safety, traffic psychology and regional science. Methodologically, she specialises in the application and improvement of decision-oriented discrete-choice approaches.

PROF. CORNELIA WUSTMANN - Technische Universität Chemnitz (Germany)

Porträt Prof. Cornelia Wustmann

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October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015
Faculty of Education

After completing her teacher training course at Pädagogische Hochschule Zwickau, Prof. Cornelia Wustmann initially worked as a qualified teacher and educationalist. From 1995, she did a post-graduate course in Social Pedagogy at TU Chemnitz, and from 1997 to 2001, was then a research assistant at the Chair of Social Pedagogy at TU Chemnitz.

On gaining her doctorate in April 2001, Prof. Wustmann relocated to TU Dresden, where she remained until 2008. During this time, she first took up a position as research assistant at the Chair of Social Education and then as project leader. After spending two years as substitute professor at the Chair of Didactics of Social Pedagogy at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Prof. Wustmann has held the Chair of Elementary Education at the Institute of Educational Science at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz since 2010.

She has gained many years of experience in research and teaching related to social and vocational pedagogy, in the field of elementary education, and in researching educational institutions under historical and regional aspects.
Within the context of the Eleonore Trefftz Visiting Professorship at TU Dresden, her main area of research has been the subject “Childhood and Youth in Institutions”.

In the meanwhile, she has been appointed as professor for Councelling and Social Relations at TU Dresden.

DR. VLADISLAVA WARDITZ - University of Bonn (Germany)

Porträt Dr. Vladislava Warditz

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October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014
Faculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies

Dr. Vladislava Maria Warditz originally comes from Riga (Latvia) and completed her doctorate at the Lomonosov University in Moscow. She then carried out research and taught in Poland, Germany, Austria and Israel. She wrote her habilitation thesis at the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Potsdam.

Up to the closure of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Bonn, she was temporary head of the subject until March 2013.

Vladislava Warditz is a member of the Deutscher Slavistenverband (German Association of Slavists), the Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik (G.A.L.: the Society for Applied Linguistics), the International Association of University Lecturers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRJaL), the Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS) and the Ethnolinguistic Commission of the International Committee of Slavists.

Her research priorities in language policy and language change in European languages as well as in socio-linguistics and contact linguistics also featured in her teaching at TU Dresden, in the courses of study “Slavonic Studies” and “European Languages”.

DR. ANITA BEHME - Technische Universität Munich (Germany)

Porträt Dr. Anita Behme

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October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014
Department of Mathematics

After studying Mathematics with a minor in Mechanical Engineering at TU Braunschweig, Dr. Anita Behme wrote her doctoral thesis on a topic from the area of stochastic processes at the university’s Institute of Mathematical Stochastics.

After receiving her doctorate in March 2011, she first spent a year at Michigan State University as Visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. Behme then relocated to TU München in the summer of 2012 to take up a position there as a member of the academic staff at the Institute of Mathematical Stochastics.

Dr. Behme’s research and teaching at TU Dresden was in the field of probability theory and statistics.

DR. SINA OBER-BLÖBAUM - University of Paderborn (Germany)

Porträt Dr. Sina Ober-Blöbaum

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October 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014
Department of Mathematics

Junior Professor Dr. Sina Ober-Blöbaum studied Engineering Mathematics (diploma in 2005) in Paderborn, where she subsequently also completed her doctorate (2008). Her dissertation dealt with the development of numerical optimal control methods, and in 2008, was awarded the prize for the best dissertation of the University of Paderborn.

After gaining her doctorate, Dr. Ober-Blöbaum spent one year researching as a post-doc at the California Institute of Technology in the field of Control and Dynamical Systems.

Since June 2009, she has been Junior Professor of Simulation and Optimal Control of Dynamical Systems in Mathematics at the University of Paderborn. In 2011, she was accepted as a member of the Junges Kolleg (programme for the promotion of outstanding young scientists) of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.
After a temporary professorship at TU München in the 2011/12 winter semester, her successful interim evaluation as junior professor followed in July 2012.

DR. SABINE LAMMERS - Indiana University (USA)

Porträt Dr. Sabine Lammers

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September 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Department of Physics

Sabine Lammers originally comes from Chicago (USA) and is Assistant Professor for High Energy Physics at Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana (USA).
She is also a member of the staff involved in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN in Geneva (Switzerland).

She gained her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin for her thesis on the investigation of the structure of the proton, in the ZEUS experiment at HERA at the DESY site in Hamburg.

Together with the group of Prof. Kobel at the TUD Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics, Dr. Lammers researched into couplings of exchange particles of weak interaction. Furthermore, she was involved in courses on particle and nuclear physics in the 2013/14 winter semester.



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