Special Voluntary Engagement in Research


RWTH welcomes and explicitly supports voluntary work in research. Scholars are involved in the committees of the German Research Foundation, the self-governing research organization in Germany, on a predominantly voluntary basis and thus provide important impetus for science in the country.


DFG Liaison Officer

As a member of the German Research Foundation (DFG), RWTH has also appointed Professor Josef Hegger from its circle of university lecturers as a DFG liaison officer. He will act as a local contact for DFG applicants, providing them with advice and support.


Grants and Senate Committees

Name Amt
Schmitt, Robert

Grants Committee on Collaborative Research Centers

Senate Committee on Collaborative Research Centers



Review Boards

Researchers at RWTH are involved in the DFG Review Boards, thus providing valuable impetus for the scientific landscape. They evaluate applications for financial support for research projects, check that the review process consistently conforms to the specified standards, and provide advice on the further development and design of the DFG's funding programs.

DFG Review Board Members
Name Review Board Subject
Bergs, Thomas Production Technology Metal-cutting and abrasive manufacturing engineering
Broeckmann, Christoph Materials Engineering Materials in sintering processes and generative manufacturing
Fels, Janina Mechanics and Constructive Mechanical Engineering Acoustics
Grohe, Martin Computer Science Theoretical computer science
Harlander, Robert Particles, Nuclei, and Fields Nuclear and elementary particle physics, quantum mechanics, relativity, fields
Hildebrand, Frank Medicine Orthopedics, traumatology, reconstructive surgery
Hirt, Gerhard Production Technology Primary shaping and reshaping technology, additive manufacturing
Hopmann, Christian Production Technology Plastics engineering
Klinkel, Sven Construction Engineering and Architecture Applied mechanics, statics, and dynamics
Knüchel-Clarke, Ruth Medicine Pathology
Kobbelt, Leif Computer Science Interactive and intelligent systems, image and language processing, computer graphics, and visualization
Lampert, Angelika Neurosciences Molecular biology and physiology of neurons and glial cells
Lehmkuhl, Frank Geography Physical geography
Marx, Nikolaus Medicine Cardiology, angiology
Reese, Stefanie Mechanics and Constructive Mechanical Engineering Mechanics
Richtering, Walter Polymer Research Preparatory and physical chemistry of polymers
Sauer, Dirk Uwe Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Electrical energy generation, distribution, application
Trautwein, Christian Medicine Gastroenterology
Waser, Rainer Materials Science Manufacturing and properties of functional materials
Weis, Joachim Neurosciences Molecular and cellular neurology and neuropathology
Wessling, Matthias Process Engineering, Technical Chemistry Chemical and thermal process engineering



Other DFG Associations

Name Association
Rink, Lothar Permanent Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area
Schulz, Jörg Bernhard Permanent Senate Commission for Key Questions in Clinical Research
Tolba, Réné H. Permanent Senate Commission on Animal Protection and Experimentation
Weis, Joachim Committee for the German-Israeli Project Cooperation Programme
Wagner, Wolfgang Permanent Senate Commission on Genetic Research