University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 092/2021 09 July 2021
Just elected: From autumn 2021, the University of Bayreuth will have two new vice-presidents
The Senate and the University Council of the University of Bayreuth have elected two new Vice-Presidents. Prof. Dr. Britta Planer-Friedrich will take office as Vice President for Research & Junior Scholars in October. The area of Digitalisation, Innovation & Sustainability will also gain fresh leadership: from September, Prof. Dr. Susanne Tittlbach will be in charge.
University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible said: "I am very happy about this decision by the Senate and the University Council. With Prof. Dr. Planer-Friedrich and Prof. Dr. Susanne Tittlbach, we have been able to gain proven experts in their field for two very important areas of the University." Leible especially praised their great commitment to university-wide concerns, for example in the establishment of the "GreenCampus" sustainability office, and in the creation of the new Faculty VII in Kulmbach. "Beyond their professorships, the two colleagues have shown that the development of the University of Bayreuth is close to their hearts. I am therefore very much looking forward to our future cooperation."
Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann and Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch, who have held the respective positions since 2015, will leave the Board. "They have both contributed important impulses at the University of Bayreuth and during their term of office (spending a lot of their personal free time) have contributed significantly to our dynamic course both responsibly and in our trademark visionary way over recent years," Leible praised their achievements. "On behalf of the University of Bayreuth, I would like to thank them most sincerely for their efforts!" According to Leible, exciting new initiatives can be expected from their two successors.
Growth of excellence and sustainability as a stable pillar
"The opportunity to conduct research is a privilege and at the same time a great responsibility towards society," says Prof. Dr. Planer-Friedrich. "As Vice-President for Research & Junior Scholars, it is important to me to accompany the growth of our university in excellence over the coming years. And this not only in the sense of often purely quantitative evaluation criteria, but especially in the development of a place of individual support, high-profile research in our diverse interdisciplinary focal points, sustainable use of funding, as well as attractive qualification offerings and good working conditions. Above all, however, the preservation of space in which creative ideas can flourish."
"The University of Bayreuth was one of the first universities to adopt a sustainability strategy. As Vice President for Digitisation, Innovation & Sustainability, it is important to me to continue to fill this with life," emphasises Prof. Dr. Tittlbach and adds, "so that sustainability becomes an innovative and stable pillar of university and social life on an ecological, social, and economic level. In the area of innovation, I hope to contribute to ensuring that solutions for social developments and problems can be developed over the next few years and implemented in a scientifically sound and participatory manner. Meanwhile, excellently positioned digital infrastructure, and taking up the digitalisation boost from the coronavirus pandemic and running with it, should continue to accompany the transformation process of the university and society".
Prof. Dr. Britta Planer-Friedrich joined the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences at the University of Bayreuth in 2008 as Junior Professor and Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Leader. She has held the Professorship for Environmental Geochemistry since 2012.
She researches the behaviour of trace elements in the environment and in food, and develops methods for their detection, e.g. of new forms of arsenic in rice. In recent years, she has played an active role in shaping the University of Bayreuth, among other things by establishing and leading the Green Campus Team and the international master's programme in Environmental Chemistry. She will take up her post as Vice President for Research & Junior Scholars on 1 October 2021.
Prof. Dr. Susanne Tittlbach has been Chair of Social & Health Sciences of Sport at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Bayreuth since 2014. She researches the health and educational potential of physical activity. Central to her research are participatory intervention approaches for the implementation of health programmes.
Since 2013, she has been doing this on site at the University of Bayreuth by setting up and managing University Health Management. Since 2017, she has been helping to shape the concept and structure of the new Faculty VII in Kulmbach as a member of the internal planning group and founding commission. She will take office as Vice President for Digitalisation, Innovation & Sustainability on 1 September 2021.