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The International Faculty Program of
the University of Cologne

The International Faculty Program is a cornerstone of the internationalization strategy for the four Key Profile Areas defined in the UoC’s Institutional Strategy. The program aims at attracting outstanding international researchers who already collaborate closely with researchers based at the UoC. It targets the Key Profile Areas, increasing their visibility and competitiveness at the international level. The program will also contribute to the internationalization of teaching especially at the post-graduate level and is steered by the Prorector for Academic Career, Diversity and International Affairs in close collaboration with the Key Profile Areas. Contracts with international faculty members are made for two years with the option of being extended.

International faculty contribute to the scientific and academic tasks and duties of the KPAs. A minimum presence in Cologne of six weeks per contractual year is required as well as close collaboration with the regular faculty of the UoC. Professors recruited through the program will directly participate in the mentoring of doctoral candidates.

Members of the International Faculty

KPA I: Aging-associated Diseases

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brandt
    Full Professor for Mitochondrial Molecular Medicine at the Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen and Adjunct Professor for Biochemistry at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
  • Prof. Andrew Dillin
    Professor of Genetics, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of Berkeley
  • Prof. Jan H.J. Hoeijmakers, PhD
    Department of Genetics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Sara A. Wickström, MD, PhD
    Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Faculty of Medicine and Helsinki Institute for Life Science (HiLIFE),University of Helsinki

KPA II: Behavioral Economic Engineering and Social Cognition

KPA III: Quantum Matter and Materials

  • Prof. Yuval Gefen
    Professor of Condensed Matter Physics , Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Prof. Xiaonan Ma, PhD
    Professor of Mathematics at Universite Paris Diderot-Paris 7 
  • Prof. Fulvio Parmigiani, PhD
    Professor of condensed matter at the department of physics, faculty of Science, of the Università degli Studi of Trieste

KPA IV: Socio-economic, Cultural and Political Transformations in the Gobal South

CA III: Quantitative modelling of complex systems

  • Prof. Pavlos Kollias, PhD 
    Professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, of Stony Brook University – State University of New York 
    Atmospheric Scientist, Department of Environmental Sciences Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton NY


Former members of the International Faculty