Decisions over the Graduate School's overall direction are the responsibility of the General Meeting. It convenes at least once a year and comprises all members of the School. Between General Meetings, the Executive Committee is the School's highest decision-making body. Day-to-day management is the duty of the Director and the Deputy Directors, the Pillar Coordinators and the General Management.
The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences is firmly embedded in the University's general quality management procedures. Regular student evaluations and recommendations by our external Academic Advisory Council are crucial to the continuous development of the School and its programme.
All rules concerning organisation and management are laid down in the Graduate School's Constitution and Rules of Procedure ("Ordnung"):
+ German version(173.1 KB)
+ English version (226.0 KB)(courtesy translation)
Please note that only the German version is legally binding.
The Graduate School's membership consists of all eligible professors, postdoctoral and doctoral members. The rights and duties of all members are defined in the Graduate School's Ordinances (available in German here(173.1 KB)).
Doctoral members of BAGSS either receive a Starter Scholarship from the Graduate School or are funded by an external source, typically a position as research or teaching fellows at a university chair or a scholarship from one of the numerous national or international foundations. The Graduate School supports its doctoral members by providing them with necessary funds as well as by integrating them into its research community and its international scientific network. If needed, doctoral members of BAGSS might also be provided with working space and technical equipment. Apart from their doctoral projects, doctoral members of BAGSS complete a structured programme, aimed to provide with all necessary tools for their academic and professional development.
Postdoctoral members of BAGSS typically hold a position as postdoctoral researchers at the University of Bamberg or any other research institute in the region. Postdoctoral members can benefit from the provided programme, funds and infrastructure at the Graduate School and can participate in the course and mentoring programme. A postdoctoral membership will be granted for the duration of three years and can be extended on request.
___ Executive Committee
The Graduate School's executive committee consists of the director and the deputy directors, at least three further professors, including all pillar coordinators, and two doctoral student representatives. They hold at least once per semester a meeting.
The executive committee decides on the academic programme and the qualification measures of BAGSS, votes on the acceptance and exclusion of members, coordinates the work with partners, reports to the German Science Foundation and decides about the use of funds. Further tasks are the quality management and marketing decisions.
The current members of the executive committee are:
Professor Dr Ulrich Sieberer (director)
Professor Dr Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler (deputy director)
Professor Dr Claus Carstensen (deputy director and coordinator of Pillar 1)
Professor Dr Cornelia Kristen (coordinator of Pillar 2)
Professor Dr Guido Heineck (coordinator of Pillar 3)
Professor Dr Maike Andresen
Professor Dr Thomas Gehring (coordinator Pillar 4)
Professor Dr Olaf Struck
Professor Dr Steffen Schindler
Professor Dr Corinna Kleinert
Anja Grauenhorst, M.A. (student representative)
Linda Maria Spielmann, M.A. (student representative)
Dr Michael Giesen (post-doctoral representative)
___ Doctoral Student Council
The doctoral student council ensures that the interests of all doctoral students are considered. They have considerable influence on the Graduate School as they can submit anytime suggestions for activities such as new courses, seminars, workshops, guest lectures and general improvements and the overall development of the Graduate School. Two members of the doctoral student council are members of the executive committee.
The doctoral student council is elected by all students once per year in May.
Current members of the student council:
___ Representation of Postdoctoral Researchers
One postdoctoral representative advocates for the interests of the postdoctoral researchers in the Executive Committee and beyond. They ensure that the interests of all postdoctoral students are incorporated in the School’s programme. They influence the Graduate School as they can submit suggestions for activities such as new courses, seminars, workshops, guest lectures and general improvements and the overall development of the Graduate School at anytime.
The postdoctoral student representative is elected by all postdoctoral researchers once a year.
Current postdoctoral representative:
Dr Michael Giesen (postdoctoral representative)
___ Academic Advisory Council
The external Academic Advisory Council of the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences consists of at least four internationally renowned scientists who do not belong to the University of Bamberg. Their task is to regularly evaluate the Graduate School, give advice regarding the scientific, structural and personnel development of the Graduate School and to formulate recommendations and reports for the further development of the School. The Academic Advisory Council meets at least once in two years.
The following scientists of outstanding international reputation were appointed to
form the School’s Academic Advisory Council from 01 April 2021 to 31 March 2025:
Professor Dr Rolf Becker, University of Bern
Professor Dr Thomas Bräuninger, University of Mannheim
Professor Dr Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Aarhus University
Professor Dr Carola Grundschel, University of Münster
Professor Dr Stefani Scherer, University of Trento
Professor Dr Susanne K. Schmidt, University of Bremen
They provide input to the School’s quality management and review progress.