Faculty II - Informatics, Economy and Law
Department Economy and Law
Institut for business administration and business education
Post office box 2503
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
Building A5, 2. floor
25.03.2021 Final workshop of the project "Quo vadis Energy Transition?"
On 25th March 2021, the 2nd municipal utility workshop, the final event of the project "Quo vadis Energy Transition - Moderation of Discourses on the Transformation of Lower Saxony's Energy Supply" was held virtually. The workshop discussed the results of an increasing digitalization in the energy sector. The resulting effects on existing business models, but also opportunities for new business models of energy suppliers within a digitized energy transition were presented, classified in the stakeholder environment and discussed. From 10 to 12 h, stakeholders in the energy landscape, including municipal utilities, energy cooperatives and private energy providers, came together digitally. Stakeholders from politics, consumer protection, associations and citizens rounded out the large field of participants with more than 50 players. After the greeting and presentation of the agenda by Prof. Dr. Christian Busse, Stefan Muhle, State Secretary for Digitalization at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitization, gave a keynote speech. Project member Julien Minnemann took up the impulses that had been set, presented the central results of the project and developed theses for the subsequent panel discussion. The participants were then given impetus in the form of two expert presentations. Udo Sieverding from the consumer center of North Rhine-Westphalia began by talking about the role of consumers in the digital energy transition. Henning Rathert followed with a presentation of the regional electricity model of Stadtwerke Soest. Mr. Sieverding and Mr. Rathert then joined Dr. Reinhold Kassing (Managing Director of VKU Lower Saxony/Bremen) on the panel, which discussed the theses developed in the project under the moderation of Julien Minnemann. As a conclusion, the participants were given impulses for action before Prof. Dr. Christian Busse ventured an outlook and said goodbye to the participants. The impulse paper (in German) developed in the project can be downloaded from the project page.
25.02.2021 New denomination of the chair
We are pleased to announce that the chair now bears the English denomination "Sustainability and Supply Chain Management" (SSCM). The change from the narrow focus of production management to the broad focus of supply chain management puts more emphasis on outsourced value creation as well as service processes. This change thus accurately reflects the trends of recent decades toward outsourcing and the service economy. Furthermore, the new denomination no longer refers only to the interface between sustainability management and operations and supply chain management, but covers both disciplines in their full breadth. Thus, it does justice to the breadth of the topics we deal with in our research and teaching. However, the main research area of the professorship will continue to be sustainability-oriented supply chain management. In the future, we will use the internationally established acronym "SSCM" for the professorship. This can simultaneously denote our chair "Sustainability and Supply Chain Management" as well as our research focus "Sustainable Supply Chain Management".
17.12.2020 Support for Ofen Primary School in evaluating a student and parent survey on Corona Time
The Corona Time also requires new approaches in the school context. Homeschooling during the first lockdown posed major challenges for pupils, parents and teachers. It is therefore gratifying that Ofen Primary School has addressed the question of how pupils and their parents experienced this time and what they would like to see changed in a subsequent lockdown. Thus, the Chair of Sustainable Production Management gladly supported the school in the evaluation of this survey. In doing so, we adopted a process-oriented view to unify the homeschooling concept across grade levels and teachers. Over the last five weeks, key recommendations for action in the event of another lockdown situation have been developed from relevant stress and relief factors for students and parents, also considering the degree to which these factors can be influenced by the school.
18.08.2020 Renewed nomination for the Teaching Award
We are pleased to announce that our bachelor module on "Purchasing, Production and Logistics" (taught in German) is nominated (once again) for the annual teaching award of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Amidst the challenges of the corona pandemic and the short-term restructuring of the module into an online event, we perceive this nomination as an appreciation of our teaching efforts and as another impetus for the further improvement of the module.
16.08.2020 We welcome Eva Maria Osteresch as a new member of the chair
We welcome Ms. Eva Maria Osteresch as a new `research assistant` at the chair. Ms. Osteresch is currently finishing her Master of Education at the University of Oldenburg. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, and completed an apprenticeship as a freight forwarding and logistics assistant. As a student, she managed an “InnovationPlus” project concerning the improvement of our “Purchasing, Operations, and Logistics” module (taught in German) and worked as a tutor for the chair. In addition, she brings practical experience in Logistics, Human Resources and Recruiting, as well as Project Management. Her research interests include operations und supply chain management in small and medium-sized businesses, process management in craft firms, and university teaching improvement
22.07.2020 New Project "Digital Integration of Operations and Supply Chain Management in Lower Saxonian Craft Firms"
We are pleased to announce that we are able to acquire the project “Digital Implementation of Operations and Supply Chain Management in Lower Saxonian Craft Firms” in the “PRO*Niedersachsen” funding program. The research project focuses on craft firms and questions why such firms are barely using the instruments of operations and supply chain management (OSCM), especially when the deployment of such concepts has been shown to generate substantial value for the firms. To date, OSCM concepts tend to address large companies that can employ dedicated OSCM experts to make their production more efficient, and reduce waiting times and scrap rates. However, due to the ongoing digital change, ever more technical and organizational possibilities emerge for adopting OSCM within small firms. This project aims to identify barriers that have prevented craft firms in Lower Saxony from adopting OSCM within their operations. The project is supposed to make both scientific and managerial contributions. With respect to theory, the goal is to study and explain the (lack of) applicability of established OSCM concepts in small and micro-enterprises. Concerning corporate practice, craft firms in Lower Saxony are supposed to gain direct operational benefits from increased OSCM implementation. Moreover, developers of digital OSCM applications might benefit from scientifically supported suggestions for designing or improving the relevant tools.
25.05.2020 Interview with Professor Busse on the future on sustainability and global supply chains
Ute Kehse from the university’s Press & Communication team interviewed Professor Busse on the future on sustainability and global supply chains in the times after the Covid crisis. The interview, which took place in German, is available here: https://uol.de/aktuelles/artikel/nachhaltigkeit-entsteht-nicht-durch-angebot-und-nachfrage-4068.
31.03.2020 Wider support of the management research colloquium
Three years after its successful inauguration, the research colloquium initiated by our chair has become an initiative of the entire Institute of Business Administration and Business Education. Subsequently, all professors from the institute will invite cherished guest speakers to our university.
04.03.2020 State Secretary Stefan Muhle visiting the chair
In the course of the research project "Quo vadis Energy Transition - Moderation of Discourses on the Transformation of Lower Saxony's Energy Supply" Prof. Dr. Christian Busse and Julien Minnemann had the pleasure to welcome State Secretary Stefan Muhle for an interview. State Secretary Muhle is responsible for the area of digitalization in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitalization. The discussion focused on political goals and strategies in the field of digitalization, previous restraining factors and questions of acceptance. The effects of digitalization on the energy industry and the role of municipal utilities within digitalization complemented the interview. The chair would like to thank State Secretary Muhle for the interesting conversation and the valuable insights that will strengthen the project. (from left to right: Julien Minnemann, State Secretary Stefan Muhle and Prof. Dr. Christian Busse)
23.01.2020 Bachelor module "Purchasing, Production and Logistics" nominated for the annual teaching award
We are pleased to announce that our bachelor module on "Purchasing, Production and Logistics" (taught in German) was nominated by a student for the annual teaching award of Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. We perceive this nomination both as an appreciation of our past efforts and as another impetus for the further improvement of the module. Currently, we are in the process of revising the module in the context of a so-called “Innovation Plus” project funded by the Lower Saxonian government.
16.12.2019 Offer from the University of Göttingen rejected
Prof. Dr. Christian Busse has turned down an offer for a full professorship (W3) in charge of the Chair for Supply Chain Management and Production at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He accepted an offer to remain with Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, instead.
02.10.2019 Kick-off event of the project "Quo vadis Energy Transition?"
On 2nd October 2019 the kick-off event of the project "Quo vadis Energy Transition - Moderation of Discourses on the Transformation of Lower Saxony's Energy Supply" took place with a municipal utility workshop in Oldenburg. The main topic of the workshop was the increasing digitalization in times of the energy transition and its impact on the business models of energy companies. Nearly 30 actors from the energy landscape came together, including municipal utilities, energy cooperatives and private energy companies. At the beginning, project member Julien Minnemann presented the research project and the research agenda. Afterwards the participants were given impulses in the form of expert presentations on business models, energy transition and digitization. The speakers were Prof. Dr. Jörn Hoppmann (University of Oldenburg), Julia Masurkewitz-Möller (City of Oldenburg) and Elie-Lukas Limbacher (BDEW Berlin). Following this, two groups discussed the status of digitalization, digitalization and business models as well as digitalization and energy transition in a workshop phase. The results were then presented to the plenum and now form the basis for further work on the project.
04.07.2019 Business Model Innovations in the Wake of Energy Transition and Digitalization
How do energy transition and digitalization influence business model innovations of municipal utilities? And what do successful business models for the future of municipal utilities look like? Prof. Dr. Christian Busse and Julien Minnemann will research on these questions in their project “Business Model Innovations of Municipal Utilities in Lower Saxony: A Case Study in the Context of Energy Transition and Digitalization”. Busse and Minnemann were able to succeed with their project in the “PRO*Niedersachsen” funding programme of the State of Lower Saxony and were proposed for funding by the expert committee of the Lower Saxony Scientific Commission. The project is funded by the state government of Lower Saxony with 250,000 euros and will start in October 2019 for a period of three years. The research project focuses on municipal utilities which, as local and municipally owned energy suppliers, play an important role in the implementation of the energy transition. The energy transition with its trends towards decarbonization and decentralization is already forcing them to rethink their existing business model, revise strategies and adapt capabilities in order to survive within the new circumstances. Digitalization will bring about serious changes for the economy and society in the coming years and will significantly increase the pressure to adapt in the energy sector, whether through changed customer preferences or the emergence of new competitors. Municipal utilities can help to shape this digital change, but require profound innovations in their classic business model. Busse and Minnemann thus want to investigate what the business models of the future of municipal utilities will look like. For municipal utilities it is interesting, to what extent energy transition and digitalization can be used as an opportunity, and at the same time, to reduce the risk of losing the customer's support. With the programme “PRO*Niedersachsen - Research Projects in the Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences”, the state specifically supports high-ranking research projects that provide new impulses for the respective discipline and are of great importance to society.
26.03.2019 Final symposium of the research project NEDS
After four years of project duration, the final symposium of the research project “NEDS – Sustainable Energy Supply Lower Saxony” took place on 26 March 2019. The symposium at the Central Hotel Kaiserhof in Hannover was attended by a broad audience of scientists and stakeholders from politics, industry and associations. In NEDS, scientists have been working on development paths towards a sustainable energy supply in Lower Saxony by the year 2050. With the help of specifically developed models and sustainability criteria, the development paths were mapped and evaluated. All eight subprojects of the participating universities Technical University Braunschweig, Leibniz University Hannover, Georg-August-University Göttingen and Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg as well as the OFFIS Institute for Computer Science presented their research results in individual presentations. The links between the various disciplines became clear - psychologists, economists, engineers, computer scientists and economists used their in-depth knowledge to develop common, holistic models and transition paths. The subproject of the chair of Sustainable Production Management around Prof. Dr. Christian Busse, Maren Kleinau and Julien Minnemann presented the findings on the diffusion of relevant innovations within the energy transition. For details on the event and the presentations see: www.neds-niedersachsen.de.
16.01.2019 Future discourse to promote acceptance of the energy transition
What will the energy generation of the future look like and how can more acceptance be created for the energy transition? Prof. Dr. Christian Busse and Julien Minnemann will be discussing these questions with the public in the coming months, as they were able to succeed with their project in the funding program "Zukunftsdiskurse" of the state of Lower Saxony. The " Zukunftsdiskurse " program was launched for the second time in 2018. It is aimed at disciplines in the humanities and social sciences that take up social debates with their research results and present and discuss them in public events. The approved project entitled "Quo vadis Energy Transition? Moderation of Discourses on the Conversion of Lower Saxony's Energy Supply" is funded by the Lower Saxony State Government and the Volkswagen Foundation with almost 100,000 euros from the Lower Saxony Preliminary Program for a period of 15 months. The project focuses on the topic of energy transition, which gives rise to numerous conflicts. Many citizens support the plan to convert the energy system to renewable energies. Nevertheless, there are some fierce protests against concrete measures, such as the expansion of power grids or the construction of wind farms. The project now approved concentrates particularly on municipal utilities because the municipal utilities are implementing the energy transition on site. The municipal utilities are to be brought into a dialogue with politicians and citizens in order to achieve greater acceptance for new business models. A series of events is planned by the end of 2020, with representatives of municipal utilities and other energy supply companies, experts from industry, politicians, scientists and the general public. The discourse follows on from the results of the "NEDS - Sustainable Energy Supply Lower Saxony" project, which will end in July 2019. The chair of Sustainable Production Management at the University of Oldenburg was also involved in the project.
24.10.2018 Achieving sustainability through innovation – Invited talk
“How to succeed with resource efficiency” was the title of an interactive format offered by theof the University of Oldenburg on October 24. About 40 entrepreneurs, (junior) scientists and students from North-West Germany met to discuss this important question. As part of the program, Prof. Christian Busse gave a short talk on experiences gained from an ongoing research project, entitled “Business model innovation against the background of the energy transition – Insights from a case study investigation of municipal utility companies in Lower Saxony”. The full program can be found (in German only).
13.09.2018 Invited presentation at German Graduate School Heilbronn
Prof. Christian Busse was invited to speak today at the Research Seminar of the German Graduate School (GGS) Heilbronn. He presented an ongoing study with Dagmar Reinerth and Stephan M. Wagner (both from ETH Zurich), entitled “Exploiting sustainable reputation: A longitudinal analysis of its performance effects within buyer-supplier relationships”. GGS is positioned as an innovative business school for management and law. The Dieter Schwarz Foundation guarantees the long-term stability of the organization.
13.08.2018 Multiple recognitions of our research at AOM
At the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Chicago (Illinois), Prof. Christian Busse and his coauthors received multiple recognitions for their research. The study “Managing Information Processing Needs in Global Supply Chains: A Prerequisite to Sustainable Supply Chain Management” by Christian Busse, Jan Meinlschmidt and Kai Förstl was recognized as a runner-up (Top 3) for the prestigious 2017 Harold E. Fearon Best Paper Award of the Journal of Supply Chain Management. The paper appeared in Volume 53, Issue 1 (pp. 87-113). Two other working papers coauthored by Christian Busse were finalists (i.e., Top 4) for the 2018 Best Student Paper Award of the Operations and Supply Chain Management Division. The study “More than Reputation Losses? Financial Consequences from Supply Chain Sustainability Risks” was conducted by Ivana Mateska, Christian Busse, Andrew P. Kach, and Stephan M. Wagner. Dagmar Reinerth, Christian Busse, and Stephan M. Wagner are the authors of the paper entitled “Increasing Order Volume through Sustainable Reputation: A Study on Buyer-Supplier Relationships.” Ms. Mateska and Ms. Reinerth are both Ph.D. students at ETH Zurich. Professor Kai Förstl (GGS Heilbronn), Professor Christian Busse and Professor Mark Pagell (University College Dublin, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Supply Chain Management) Ivana Mateska presenting Dagmar Reinerth presenting
04.07.2018 Prof. Busse appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Logistics
Upon invitation by the Editors, Prof. Thomas Goldsby and Prof. Walter Zinn from The Ohio State University, Prof. Christian Busse has accepted a promotion to serve as Associate Editor for the prestigious Journal of Business Logistics (JBL). JBL is a leading outlet for logistics and supply chain management research. The offer “comes in recognition of (...) outstanding service as a member of the journal's editorial review board” and acknowledges Prof. Busse’s “commitment to offering thoughtful, constructive, and timely reviews.” Prior to this promotion, Prof. Busse had been serving on JBL’s Editorial Review Board since February 2013.
25.06.2018 Winner of the Outstanding Paper Award 2018 of the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
Prof. Dr. Christian Busse has received the prestigious Outstanding Paper Award 2018 from the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, together with his coauthors, Prof. Dr. Martin Schleper, Ms. Jenny Weilenmann and Prof. Dr. Stephan M. Wagner. The Emerald Literati Network selected their study entitled “Extending the Supply Chain Visibility Boundary: Utilizing Stakeholders for Identifying Supply Chain Sustainability Risks” as the overall best of the 45 papers published in the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. In the previous year, Prof. Busse had already received the Outstanding Paper Award 2017.
31.03.2018 The Chair bid farewell to Carsten Sperling
We wished Carsten Sperling a hearty farewell as he completed his tenure with the chair on 31.03.2018. We are grateful for his time spent working with the chair and for his valuable contribution to the NASCENT project. We wish him good luck and great success in his new venture in which he will his continue his passion for sustainable food production: http://www.solawi-dalborn.org/_solawi_projekt-2-0/
28.03.2018 Invited presentation at Kühne Logistics University
Upon invitation by Prof. Thomas Strothotte, PhD, the President and Managing Director of Hamburg-based Kühne Logistics University (KLU), Prof. Dr. Christian Busse gave an invited talk at KLU entitled “Assessing the impact of sustainability-related misconduct on the buying firm’s stock performance”. The presentation was based on a joint research project with Ivana Mateska (ETH Zurich), Andrew P. Kach (Willamette University) and Stephan M. Wagner (ETH Zurich). KLU is a highly renowned private university sponsored by the Kühne Foundation. The university employs 22 faculty who are organized in two departments, a Logistics Department and a Management Department. The university was recently awarded the right for granting academic doctorates. After his presentation, Prof. Dr. Christian Busse met with KLU faculty to discuss various opportunities for research collaborations.
19.03.2018 Guest lecture at the Impulse Forum of the University Society Oldenburg e.V. (UGO)
The University Society Oldenburg e.V. (UGO) offers events as meeting platforms for actors of the University of Oldenburg and the Northwest region. The impulse forum, which takes place once a year, is aimed specifically at junior executives of regional companies, the local administration and cultural scene as well as young scientists from the University of Oldenburg. This year's impulse forum on the topic "Future of the Economy – Future of Mankind: Challenges in the Discourse of Digitization and Globalization" took place on the evening of 19.03.2018 in the A14 lecture hall center of the University of Oldenburg. As a keynote speaker, Prof. Dr. Christian Busse presented on "Management Challenges through Digitalization and Globalization: The Example of Supply Chain Sustainability Risks" in front of about 150 participants. Another keynote talk was given by Dr. Reiner Fageth, who is responsible for technology and research and development at the photo and online printing service provider CEWE, which is based in Oldenburg and operates throughout Europe. The event was moderated by Uwe Haring, the managing director of the Ecopark business park at Hansalinie A1. After a panel discussion following the keynote speeches, all participants had the opportunity to take up the numerous discussion points during talks and make new contacts during a get-together in the foyer of the lecture hall center. The event was kindly sponsored by Landessparkasse zu Oldenburg. A picture can be found below. Pictured are from left to right Dirk Thole (Member of the Board of BTC AG and Advisory Council of the UGO), Michael Thanheiser (Deputy Chairman of the Landessparkasse zu Oldenburg), Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Michael Piper (President of the University of Oldenburg and UGO assessor), Honorary Professor Dr.-Ing. Werner Brinker (Chairman of UGO and former CEO of EWE AG), Uwe Haring (presenter of the evening and managing director of the business park Ecopark in Emstek), Prof. Dr. Christian Busse (guest speaker and Chair for Sustainable Production Management at the University of Oldenburg), Dr. Reiner Fageth (guest speaker and board member of the Neumüller CEWE COLOR Foundation), and Tanja Klostermann (Advisory Council of the UGO).
05.03.2018 Participation in '5th International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum' held at Kassel, Germany
Prof. Dr. Christian Busse, Claudia Stüwe, Maren Kleinau and Satwant Dahiya from the Chair of Sustainable Production Management attended the '5th International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum' which took place in Kassel on 5th and 6th of March 2018. The forum targeted all researchers interested in Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management. It aimed at stimulating the discussion between related research communities and encouraging multi-method studies that elaborate on the important and prevalent question of how to manage operations and supply chains in a truly sustainable way. The Chair presented on: (1) 'Thirty-six million dollars gone in the blink of an eye: How environmental, social, or governance related misconduct in the supply chain harms buying firms' - Ivana Mateska, Christian Busse, Andrew Kach, Stephan Wagner and (2) 'Increasing Order Volume through Sustainable Reputation: A Study on Buyer-Supplier Relationships' - Dagmar Reinerth, Christian Busse, Stephan Wagner. The forum had a participation of 111 attendees from 21 countries. A group picture could be found below.
01.02.2018 Welcoming Maren Kleinau as a new team member
We welcome Ms. Maren Kleinau as a new `research assistant` at the chair. Ms. Kleinau holds a Master of Arts in Marketing and Sales and brings with her practical experience in Banking, especially Corporate Finance, Consulting with focus on Environmental and Energy Management as well as in Marketing and PR for corporations and non-governmental organizations. Her research interests include: Sustainability Management, Marketing and Innovation Management.
01.11.2017 Take-over of the sub-project management in NEDS
With the beginning of November 2017, Prof. Dr. Christian Busse takes over the management of the sub –project "Transformation von Energiesystemen als soziale Diffusion" (transformation of energy systems as a social diffusion) which is part of the research project “NEDS – Nachhaltige Energieversorgung Niedersachsen” (sustainable energy supply Lower Saxony). The universities of Braunschweig, Göttingen, Hannover, Oldenburg and the research institute OFFIS are members of the project consortium. Within this research project, the participants thrive for an interdisciplinary evaluation of future energy scenarios. The general goal is to define a method which helps in the decision making process needed for the transition from central fossil and nuclear energy systems to decentralized and sustainable energy systems with a focus on electricity. Special thanks go to apl. Prof. Dr. Niko Paech, who was responsible for the sup-project so far and developed the project further through his high effort. Further information relative to the research project NEDS can be found here: https://www.neds-niedersachsen.de/.
16.10.2017 Welcoming Sina Duensing as a new team member
We welcome Ms. Sina Duensing as a ‘Research Assistant’ as well as a PhD. student at the chair. Ms. Duensing holds a Master of Arts in Business Administration, Economics, and Law from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany, and has industry experience in Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management. Her expertise and research interests include sustainable Supply Chain Management, Sustainability and consumerism and employments due to the company's sustainability.
01.10.2017 Farewell to Markus Glötzel
On August 21st 2017, Markus Glötzel was elected as vice-chairman of the university staff council. He will move to the staff council's office on October 1st, 2017. Until the end of September 2017, Mr. Glötzel worked with the joint project NEDS (Nachhaltige Energieversorgung Niedersachsen - sustainable power system for Lower Saxony). We would like to thank him for his work at the Chair of Sustainable Production Management and wish him great success in his new role.
21.08.2017 Welcoming Satwant Dahiya as new team member
We welcome Mr. Satwant Dahiya as a ‘Research Assistant’ as well as PhD. student at the chair.
Mr. Dahiya holds a MSc. in Environmental Sciences from University of Cologne, Germany and brings with him an industry experience in supply chain and corporate sustainability management. His expertise and research interests include Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation Management and Life Cycle Analysis.
18.05.2017 Winner of the Outstanding Paper Award 2017 of the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
The article “Supplier development for sustainability: contextual barriers in global supply chains,” which Prof. Dr. Christian Busse, Dr. Martin Schleper, Ms. Menglei Niu and Prof. Dr. Stephan M. Wagner published in the prestigious International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Paper Award 2017 by Emerald Literati Network. A previous version of the article already received the Chris Voss Best Paper Award 2015 of the European Operations Management Association.
11.05.2017 Inaugural management research colloquium
Today the newly founded management research colloquium will be held for the first time. We are extremely happy to present Prof. Diane Mollenkopf of the University of Tennessee as our first speaker.
01.04.2017 Chair commences its operations
Prof. Dr. Christian Busse was appointed to head the Chair of Sustainable Production Management. Mrs. Heide Elsner will thankfully continue her role as secretary and stay in charge of all administrative processes of the Chair. We also warmly welcome Ms. Claudia Stüwe as our first scientific employee. Mr. Markus Glötzel, Mr. Julien Minnemann and Mr. Carsten Sperling will remain at the chair with their third-party funded projects. The entire team is looking forward to the cooperation with our colleagues in research and administration, as well as interesting interactions with students.