Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler

Professor at Mathematical Institute, Free University Berlin

Günter M. Ziegler is a professor of mathematics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He got his Ph.D. at M.I.T. with Anders Björner in 1987. After four years in Augsburg and a winter in Stockholm, he arrived in Berlin, where he worked at ZIB Berlin and completed his “habilitation” at TU Berlin. In 1995 he became a Professor of Mathematics at TU Berlin and joined the Freie Universität Berlin as a “MATHEON Professor” in 2011.

His research centers on Discrete Geometry (especially polytopes), as well as on questions in Algebraic Topology motivated by combinatorial and geometric problems. He has been a member of the DFG Research Center MATHEON – Mathematics for Key Technologies since its start in 2002. For 2006-2008 he was the President of the German Mathematical Society DMV. He is a member of the board of DMV, of the executive board of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Since 2014 he is a member of the Senate of the German Science Foundation DFG. His honors include a Leibniz Prize (2001) of the German Research Foundation and the Chauvenet Prize (2004) of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2010 he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant.

Besides his research, Günter M. Ziegler is very active in science communication and the support of young researchers. He initiated and co-organized the German National Science Year Jahr der Mathematik 2008 and now directs the DMV Mathematics Media Office and the DMV Network Office Schools-Universities. In 2006-2007 he was the founding chair of Berlin Mathematical School. Since July 2016 he is again the Chair of Berlin Mathematical School. For his outstanding activities, he was honored with the Communicator Award of DFG and Stifterverband (2008) the Berlin Science Prize (2017) of the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff

Professor of Media and Computing, University of Applied Sciences HTW, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff, originally from the USA, is a computer scientist and professor for media and computing at the University of Applied Sciences HTW in Berlin, Germany. She studied applied physics at the University of California, San Diego and Computer Science at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel beginning in 1976. After her degree in Computer Science she worked as a software engineer with the Norwegian company Norsk Data in Kiel.

After working for two years at the Free University of Berlin on the Didactics of Computing she became a professor of Programming Languages and Software Engineering at the Technischen Fachhochschule in Berlin in 1993. Debora Weber-Wulff finished her Ph.D. on Contributions to Mechanical Proofs of Correctness for Compiler Front-Ends at the Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in Kiel in 1996. In 2001 she became a professor of Media Informatics at the HTW Berlin. As vice-dean, she established a women’s program in Computing and Business together with the dean, Burkhard Messer.

Debora Weber-Wulff is famous for her contributions in defeating plagiarism in scientific institutions. She is the author of the online-course Fremde Federn Finden, which teaches how to find plagiarism and the book “False Feathers: A Perspective on Academic Plagiarism” (Springer, 2014). In addition, she contributes to the Wikipedia and the plagiarism documentation group VroniPlag Wiki as WiseWoman.