Simone Fulda named as new President of Kiel University

Professor Dr med. Simone Fulda has been appointed as the new President of Kiel University (CAU). This decision was taken by the Senate of the Schleswig-Holstein State University in a secret ballot held on Wednesday, 24 June. The term of office lasts six years. As President, Simone Fulda will represent the university and manage day-to-day operations. Following her election, the new President commented: “My vision for the future is to develop Kiel University into one of the 15 excellent universities in Germany with international visibility. I see the CAU as a globally networked institution and, at the same time, as a key player in the local scientific and social community.” The new President is keen to take up her position in Kiel as soon as possible.

A brief portrait of Simone Fulda

Professor Dr med. Simone Fulda (52) studied human medicine from 1988 to 1995 at the University of Cologne in Germany, as well as the Harvard Medical School, Boston, the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Arizona in the US and University College Dublin in Ireland. She completed her postgraduate degree at the University of Cologne in 1995. In 2001, she qualified as a university lecturer in the Medical Faculty at Ulm University and was presented with the Venia Legendi for the field of Paediatrics. She then also completed specialist medical training from 1995 to 2001 at the University Children's Hospitals in both Heidelberg and Ulm. This was supported by post-doctoral stays at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and the Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France. Simone Fulda has been working in the field of life sciences research since 2001, initially sponsored with a Heisenberg fellowship and then a research professorship at the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since 2010, she has held the positions of Director at the Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Paediatrics and Professor of Experimental Tumour Research at the Goethe University Frankfurt. She currently also holds the office of Vice President of Research and Academic Infrastructure.

Simone Fulda has written over 380 scientific publications and book articles, as well as heading numerous national and international joint research projects and research networks. For example, she has been Head of the Mildred Scheel Career Center (MSNZ), which is operated by German Cancer Aid, since 2018 and Deputy Director of the Frankfurt/Mainz location in the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) since 2010. She is also an editor of scientific books and journals, and sits on the editorial board at renowned scientific journals. In addition to this, she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

She sits on several of the academic organisation’s national and international committees. As such, she has extensive interdisciplinary experience on both the national and international stage and enjoys excellent networking in the field of science policy. Among other things, Simone Fulda has been a member of the Wissenschaftsrat (Council of Science and Humanities, WR) since 2012 and was also a member of the Scientific Commission at the WR until 2018. She has profound knowledge of the German, European and international scientific system, as well as extensive experience of collaboration with parliamentary committees and science policy institutions - not only as the chair of commissions for evaluations and new research buildings, but also as a member or chair of university hospital location appraisal boards, including those located outside of Germany.

Simone Fulda
© Sascha Klahn, Uni Kiel

Professor Dr med. Simone Fulda (52) is Kiel University’s new President.

Markus Bleich, Simone Fulda, Heinke Gier
© Sascha Klahn, Uni Kiel

The first to congratulate the new President (centre) at the Schleswig-Holstein State University were Senate Chairperson, Professor Markus Bleich (on the right), and Deputy Senate Chairperson, Heinke Gier (on the left).

Dr. Boris Pawlowski