Ralph Schneider is the new Vice-President of Kiel University
Today (Wednesday 15 March) the Senate at Kiel University (CAU) elected Professor Ralph Schneider as the new Vice-President for international affairs, young researchers, equality and diversity. The election took place outside of the usual cycle, as Professor Nele Matz-Lück resigned from her office as Vice-President for health reasons on 31 January. "I would like to thank Professor Schneider very much for bringing his expertise to the University Board and I am very much looking forward to working with him!" emphasised Professor Simone Fulda, President of the CAU.
The Vice-Presidents of Kiel University are elected by the Senate for a term of three years upon recommendation from the President. After the election, Chairperson of the Senate Professor Wolfgang J. Duschl also passed on his congratulations: "We are in an exciting phase of development at the university, which Professor Schneider has already helped to shape as spokesperson for the Kiel Marine Science priority research area. We have found the right successor in Ralph Schneider for the many cross-cutting issues of this vice-presidency and for the excellent work by Professor Nele Matz-Lück."
"I am very pleased with the great trust the Senate has placed in me today for the next three years. On the one hand it is a great challenge, but on the other hand it is a very important position in which I have the honour of helping to shape the future of the university," said Ralph Schneider on the occasion of his election as Vice-President of the state university.
About Ralph Schneider
Professor Ralph Schneider is a marine geologist and climate researcher. He holds various offices at Kiel University: He is the director of the Institute of Geosciences, where he heads the Paleooceanography and Paleoclimate workgroup. He is also the head of the Leibniz Laboratory for Radiometric Dating and Stable Isotope Research and director of the Kiel Marine Science (KMS) priority research area, which he co-founded and has led since 2011.
He began his scientific career by studying geology and palaeontology at the TU Braunschweig, Kiel University and the University of Bremen until he obtained his diploma. After a DAAD scholarship at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York, USA, he completed his dissertation summa cum laude at the University of Bremen in 1991. He completed his habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification) in geology and palaeontology at the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Bremen in 2000. In 2002, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Bordeaux in France and was subsequently appointed Professor of Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology at the University of Bordeaux for the first time from 2003 to 2004. He has been Professor of Marine Geology and Paleoclimate Research at the CAU since 2005. As part of his research projects, he has been the scientific leader of nine internationally staffed ship expeditions off the coasts of Africa, South America, Canada and in the Baltic Sea. In addition to his research, he has been involved in academic self-administration, including as Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and as a senator at the CAU.