Organisation & Structure

Board of Directors

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Jan G. Hengstler
Scientific Director of the Institute (Speaker of the Board)
Academic field: Toxicology

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Michael Nitsche
Scientific Director
Academic field: Psychology and Neurosciences

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Edmund Wascher
Scientific Director (Deputy Speaker of the Board)
Academic field: Ergonomics

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Watzl
Academic field: Immunology
Scientific Director

Brigitta Thiel
Commercial Director
Business Management


The following posts are assigned to the Board of Directors:

Scientific Assistance of the Board / Co-ordinator for research affairs
Dr. rer. nat. Birgit Arnold-Schulz-Gahmen
Scientific assistance and research coordination of IfADo includes both organisational assistance for the institute’s directorate as well as a coordinating office for the scientific and research policy contents of the institute. In this function, research planning and committee work is editorially supervised.

Press office
Eva Mühle and Verena Kemmler

The press office is responsible for press and public relations work of IfADo and thus forms an interface between research, media and the public. The press officers are first contact persons for press representatives, are responsible for external presentations of IfADo and ensure a dialogue between public and science with the aim of informing about research results of the institute.

Data Management Organisational Unit
Dipl.-Math. Peter Bröde
The Data Management organisational unit performs technical, organisational-administrative and consultancy-related tasks in connection with the development and maintenance of infrastructures and procedures for managing research data at IfADo. It ensures data acquisition and storage and regulates the access and use of the data. The work of the Data Management organisational unit is subject to a data management policy adopted by the Board of Directors, which regulates the implementation and safeguarding of data management. This organisational unit includes one representative each from the four scientific departments.

 EU affairs officer
Dipl.-Math. Peter Bröde
The EU affairs officer advises the scientific staff on applying for EU projects. He acts as a coordinator between the scientific leaders of the approved projects and the administration of IfADo.

Transfer Officer
Dr. rer. nat. Dietmar Gude
In terms of both technology and content, the transfer officer supervises the transfer concept of IfADo with the aim of making research achievements and competencies comprehensively accessible to the general public. This includes the dissemination and exploitation of innovative technologies and scientific findings from labour research. He is also entrusted with the protection of the research results of IfADo and their commercial exploitation.

Cooperation with Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft (GfA)
PD Dr.-Ing. Matthias Jäger is Managing Director of the Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaften – GfA (Society for Ergonomics), which has its headquarters in IfADo – Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at the TU Dortmund.