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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefanie Heiden

The most important stages of the career

since 2019
Chair and Professor at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) & Head of the newly established Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management & Entrepreneurship ITE at the Faculty of Science of LUH. 

Change & Innovation Manager in an entrepreneurial context.  
(Focus on C-level consulting, financing & corporate investments) 

Chief Executive Officer and Change Manager of AiF Allianz Industrie Forschung Holding, Cologne and Berlin, with the non-profit association AiF e.V. and the private sector subsidiaries AiF Projekt GmbH, Berlin, and AiF FTK-Forschung-Technik-Kommunikation GmbH, Cologne, which were spun off during this time; 

Appointment as the first female honorary professor at the University of Osnabrück,  
Teaching for the subject Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology (since 1997-2019 continuously)  

first call to the professorship of Bioprocess Engineering, Osnabrück 

Staff member of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU, Osnabrück, Head of Department "Biotechnology/Life Sciences", Deputy Head of Department "Environmental Research & Nature Conservation" and Deputy Secretary General-Vice of the DBU 

Doctorate in Natural Sciences (Dr.?rer.?nat.), dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Department of Biochemistry, AG Prof. R.?K.?Thauer, on the energy conservation of methanogenic archaea;  

Studies of biochemistry and biology at the Philipps University in Marburg/Lahn, Germany

Activities and Memberships

since 2021 
Member of the acatech Horizons Project Group "Industrial Biotechnology 

since 2020 
Member of the "Corona Expert Council of the State of Lower Saxony" under the leadership of the Ministry of Economics, appointed by Deputy MP Dr. Bernd Althusmann 

since 2020  
Member of the Lower Saxony Life Science Startup Board  

since 2019  
Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of BIOCOM AG, Berlin, Brussels, Zurich 

since 2017 
Chairwoman of the Board and member of the association BioDigit - Triggering Sustainable Bioeconomy e.V., (BioDigit), Hannover, Germany 

since 2017 
Member of the University Council of Christian Albrechts University CAU zu Kiel 

since 2017 
Member of the umbrella organization of the Catholic laity, the so-called Central Committee of German Catholics, ZdK; among other things, member of the Commission on Bioethics at (1st joint commission of ZdK and German Bishops' Conference) as well as the working group "Political and Ethical Questions of Principle" of the ZdK

since 2016  
Member of the BMBF coordination group Biotech 2020+ to steer the biotech and bioeconomy orientation of BMBF, BMEL and BMWi  

Founding member of the National Bioeconomy Research and Technology Council of the Federal Government, established in 2009, thereby member of the WG "Industrial Biotechnology";  

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the inter-faculty "Life Science Center" of the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, until its implementation in a cross-university "Bioeconomy" mission statement 

Member of the Supervisory Board of the UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft e.V., Leipzig

Member of the Advisory Board "Biological and Chemical Safety of Transgenic Organisms" of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Munich 

since 1990 
Member of VAAM, Association for General and Applied Microbiology e.V. 

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