14 February 2023
Hamburg’s university landscapeHauke Heekeren Elected Spokesperson for Hamburg’s State Higher Education Conference
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren: “I sincerely thank my colleagues for electing me as spokesperson for the Hamburg State Higher Education Conference and I am looking forward to very intensive and constructive cooperation. It is a central goal of mine to establish the broadest possible foundation with all academic participants to tackle challenges and future concerns as well as to foster new ideas. Only together can all universities strengthen Hamburg as a place of scientific pursuit. The previous cooperation in the Hamburg State Higher Education Conference has been, in my view, thoroughly positive. This perfectly characterizes our science-minded city: unique cooperation and short paths. I am especially grateful to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Timm-Giel for his ‘agile maneuvering’ through the crises of the last 2 years.”
About the Hamburg State Higher Education Conference
The Hamburg State Higher Education Conference is an association of presidents of Hamburg’s universities that are members of the German Rectors’ Conference. The focus of their cooperation is exchange. Together, they develop positions on higher education policy matters and viewpoints. See http://www.lhk-hamburg.de for more information and the list of member universities.
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren is a doctor, neuroscientist, and higher education manager. He has been president of Universität Hamburg since 1 March 2022. Heekeren studied medicine, including at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the University of Münster. Following his doctoral studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2000) and postdoctoral work in the United States, he first worked as a doctor in the clinic of neurology at the Charité in Berlin. Subsequently, he headed the Max Planck research group Neurorecognition of Decision-Making (From 2005–2010) and an Emmy Noether research group (2005–2011). At Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Heekeren was the dean of the education and psychology department from 2015 to 2018; subsequently, from 2018 to 2021, he was the vice president of academic affairs.