Service

The Research Infrastructure, Communications, Management Services, and Legal and Human Resources 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 Service Department Research Infrastructure
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Bernd Bibra

Member of Service 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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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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Petra Jasper

Petra Jasper joined DIW Berlin in January 2020. As spokesperson, she is responsible for the DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Weekly Report, DIW aktuell as well as guest commentaries, statements, and interviews. Previously, she worked as an editor in the political and economic departments of the news agency Reuters.

Press Officer Communications
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Sebastian Kollmann

Sebastian Kollmann has been working at DIW Berlin since September 2012. Initially a trainee, since May 2014 he has been a press officer and editor for the DIW Wochenbericht. He studied economics and politics at the University of Cologne and attended the Cologne School of Journalism for Politics and Economics (Kölner Journalistenschule für Politik und Wirtschaft).

Press Officer Communications
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Adam Mark Lederer

Since 2010, Adam Lederer is DIW Berlin's English language editor.

Academic Editor Communications
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Leonie Lenger

Trainee Communications
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Dennis Meiser-von Schmädel

Dennis Meiser-von Schmädel has been working as an online editor at DIW Berlin since 2011. In addition to the editing of the website and the social media channels of the institute, the focus of his work is the production of video blogs, the supervision of livestreams of events and the creation of self-portrayal publications. He is the contact person for the scientists in the areas of corporate

Web Editor Communications
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Ralf Messer

Member of Service Department Communications
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Uwe Mischke

Member of Service Department Communications
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Ellen Müller-Gödtel

Member of Service Department Communications
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Stefanie Reeg

Graphic Designer Communications
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Michaela Schwarzenstein

Team Assistance Communications
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Claudia Sommer

Member of Service Department Communications
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Anne Tilkorn

Anne Tilkorn started work as an online editor at DIW Berlin in November 2019. Her background is in science communication. Previously, she was responsible for websites and social media at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel. As a freelance journalist, she worked for Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. She studied philosophy,

Web Editor Communications
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Bastian Tittor

Bastian Tittor began his PR-Traineeship at the communications department in May 2019. His main focus lies on online and social media communications. In addition, he is part of the DIW Weekly Report's editiorial staff.

PR-Trainee Communications
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Sandra Tubik

Sandra Tubik joined DIW Berlin as a press officer in January 2020. Previously, she worked as a communications manager for the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration. She studied political science and English studies in Greifswald and international relations in Budapest.

Press Officer Communications
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Roman Wilhelm

Member of Service Department Communications
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Christiane Zschech

Christiane Zschech is responsible for the organization of the Institute's central events.

Event Manager Communications

Management Services

Employees are DIW Berlin’s most important asset. The Management Services 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.

Management Services 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 Management Services
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Meike Janssen

Deputy Head of Department Management Services
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Mehtap Büyüksahin

Member of Service Department Management Services
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Julia Fiedler

Procurement Management Management Services
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Ellen Gloyna

Member of Service Department Management Services
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Cornelia Gottschalk

Member of Service Department Management Services
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Ulrike Häseler

Member of Service Department Management Services
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Karin Hausmann-Kasper

Member of Service Department Management Services
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Sabine Müller

Member of Service Department Management Services
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Thomas Pruchnik

Member of Service Department Management Services
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Karen Riesenbeck

Financial officer Management Services
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Bianca Toltz

Member of Service Department Management Services
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Susanne Ziche

Member of Service Department Management Services

Legal Department and Human Resources

The Legal and Human Resources 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 Legal and Human Resources 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. Moreover, the department provides assistance to the Executive Board, departments and service departments, and employees in all legal matters at the institute, thereby supporting them in fulfilling their tasks as best as possible.

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Cornelius Richter

Head of Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Andrea Apel

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Gert Dreiberg

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Marco Hobuß

Head of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Andrea Jonat

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Martina Koch

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Elizabeta Kordic

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Kevin Schmitz

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Sabine Schwarz

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Madlen Schwarzer

Trainee Legal Department and Human Resources
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Mandy Thormann

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources
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Jessica von Scotti

Member of Service Department Legal Department and Human Resources