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Z Administration


Central Administration and Coordination

Principal Investigator:     

Prof. Dr. Mathias Becker
Msc. Dipl. agr. ing. Sebastian Rasch

The proposed Research Unit (RU) will have an organisation that allows effective and transparent management for both scientific programmes and administrative/financial problems. The administrative core of Z will be a coordinator (Dr. Werner Schuck), supported by two student assistants. This administrative unit will work closely with the speaker and his/her deputy, elected by the assembly of all project-leaders (senior fellows) for three years.

Speaker / Deputy Speaker

The speaker and his/her deputy speakers will perform the following duties:

    representation of the proposed RU in all academic matters
    coordination of research activities
    organisation of meetings, conferences, including the internal meetings of project-leaders


The main administrative position will be held by the chief coordinator, backed by two student assistants. Based at the University of Cologne, the coordinator will be assigned to the speaker/deputy and receive his/her instructions from them. The coordinator will generally be in charge of all non-academic affairs of the proposed project e.g.

  •   managing finances
  •   managing personnel
  •   managing technical equipment (distribution of cars etc)
  •   liaising with various administrative units at the participating universities – Cologne, Bonn – and counterpart institutions
  •  correspondence and administration-based contacts, e.g. to foreign embassies, partner-  organisations and administrative units (Universities, NGOs etc.) in those countries, where the projects conduct field research and scientific work
  •  liaising with the administrative unit of the DFG and the regional government of North Rhine-Westphalia (Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology)
  •   organising the internal meetings of the project-leaders (on a quarterly basis)
  •   organising the meetings of the plenum of all participants of the projects (academic and non-academic staff) (on a half-a-year-basis)
  •   coordination of visitors from outside
  •   organising the proposals and reports on the 3-year-cycles to the DFG
  •   management of print- and online publications (homepage). Publications of all kind, published during the different applications-phases will need a controlling editorial review.
  •   general organisation and coordination of field research; such as booking of flights, control of budget depositions of projects and single researchers, returning from the field.


The project-leaders (senior fellows) will meet at least three times (beginning, middle and end of) each semester, to discuss and solve any problems arising within the framework of single projects, clusters or the project in total. Members of this committee are two elected representatives of the students, graduates and postdoctoral fellows.


Speaker/Deputy Speaker/Coordinator
- Project-leaders
- Representatives of - Postdoc/Graduates
Representatives of   Students
- Financial management
- Personal management
- Liaison with various administrative units (Universities of Cologne, Bonn, partner institutions), DFG, Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology)

All participating academics and non-academics