Cross-university collaboration

Within the Research Academy Ruhr (RAR), Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), TU Dortmund University (TUDo), and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) combine and bundle their expertise and activities to promote early career researchers in the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr).

RAR is the joint platform for the coordinated cooperation of the local graduate institutions (RUB Research School, Graduate Center TUDo and Graduate Center Plus at UDE). All activities offered under RAR's umbrella are based on close collaboration and regular exchange of experience.

The platform's set-up phase was funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) from July 2017 to 2021.

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RAR Board

The RAR Board decides on all strategic matters of RAR and reports to the Coordination Council of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr).

The board is composed of:

  • one professorial representative of each of the three UA Ruhr universities, including the RAR speaker
  • one early career researchers' representative of each of the three UA Ruhr universities.
  • one representative from each of the local institutions for the promotion of early career researchers at the three UA Ruhr universities
  • the Coordinator of the UA Ruhr

Current members


Early Career Researchers

Representatives of the local graduate centers

UA Ruhr coordinator

Former members from the group of early career researchers
  • Julia Nase (TUDo)
  • Sonja Pullen (ehem. TUDo)
  • Dr. Markus Richter (ehem. RUB)
  • Merve Schmitz-Vardar (UDE)
  • Dorte Hühnert-Hugendubel (UDE)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Reiner (RUB)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Markus Weimar (RUB)
  • Lea Schönberger (TUDo)