Service

The Research Infrastructure, Communications, Finance, and Human Resources and Organisation Departments support the work of the Executive Board and research departments.

Research Infrastructure

The Research Infrastructure Department combines two former service departments, Library and Information Technology. The department's function is to support the institute's research by providing the necessary infrastructure and services. The department, which also constitutes a program area in the program budget, allocates organizational and technical infrastructure for the documentation and presentation of research results. 

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Peter Löwe

Peter Löwe is the head of the research infrastructure department since 2017. He holds a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Geography. Previous stations include the German National Library of Science and Technology, the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and RapidEye (now: planet.com). He has a background in Geoinformatics and Artifical Intelligence.

Head of Department Research Infrastructure
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Bochra Abdin

Trainee Research Infrastructure
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Omar Alshafai

Trainee Research Infrastructure
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Kathrin Amberg

Member of Department Research Infrastructure
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Bernd Bibra

Member of Department Research Infrastructure

Communications Department

Political consulting is a core mandate of DIW Berlin. In that context, we aim to reach the public and provide firmer empirical footing for economic and socio-political debates. Achieving this requires that the institute’s research results are understandable for the public and available in various formats, including press releases and print and online publications such as the DIW Wochenbericht and DIW Weekly Report.

The department engages in a wide range of communication activities, ranging from media and public relations, event management, and social media to managing the library. The Communication Department works closely together with the research departments in carrying out their tasks.

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Gritje Hartmann

Dr. Gritje Hartmann has been the Head of Communications at DIW Berlin since 2016. Between 2009 and 2016, she held various positions at Stiftung Mercator, most recently as Deputy Director of Communications. From 2010-2011 and 2013-2014, Dr. Hartmann served as Director of Communications and a member of the Executive Team while her colleague was on maternity leave. Prior to this, she worked at the...

Head of Department Communications
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Marten Brehmer

Marten Brehmer joined DIW Berlin in November 2020 as a trainee. He graduated from Freie Universität Berlin with a Master's degree in Communication.

PR-Trainee Communications
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Rebecca Buhner

Rebecca Buhner has been working at DIW Berlin since November 2017. She completed a master's in translation studies at the Universität Heidelberg.

Translator Communications
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Claudia Cohnen-Beck

Claudia Cohnen-Beck has been editor at DIW Berlin since July 2017 and is responsible for the DIW Weekly Report and DIW aktuell as well as for press inquiries, guest comments and statements. Previously, she was editor at several daily newspapers.

Press Officer Communications
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Ines Hirtl

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Finance

Employees are DIW Berlin’s most important asset. The Finance Department is responsible for all questions concerning human resources, supports the departments in the search for new employees, and looks after the guests at DIW Berlin.

Given that the institute is primarily funded with federal and state tax money, we have the obligation to manage our budget responsibly.

Finance contributes to this task by carrying out financial planning, issuing the monthly and annual reports, and assuming responsibility for the entire bookkeeping process. Additionally, it does controlling, for example by producing monthly reports for the Executive Board and department managers.

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Jeannette Dubrall

Head of Department Finance
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Meike Janssen

Deputy Head of Department Finance
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Mehtap Büyüksahin

Member of Department Finance
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Julia Fiedler

Procurement Management Finance
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Ulrike Häseler

Member of Department Finance

Human Resources and Organisation

The Human Resources and Organisation Department offers in-house services to DIW Berlin’s Executive Board and to the department directors, employees, doctoral students, and guests from Germany and abroad.

The most important resource at DIW Berlin is its qualified staff. The Human Resources and Organisation Department handles administrative personnel matters and all other questions concerning human resources. It supports the Executive Board and the departments in recruiting and developing employees.

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Jakim Ruben Amstelveen

Head of Department Human Resources and Organisation
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Andrea Apel

Member of Department Human Resources and Organisation
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Gert Dreiberg

Member of Service Department Human Resources and Organisation
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Marco Hobuß

Head of Service Department Human Resources and Organisation
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Andrea Jonat

Member of Department Human Resources and Organisation