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Institute for Transcultural
Health Sciences (IntraG)

Advisory Board

Prof. Lutz Eckensberger, The German Institute for International Educational Research, Berlin

Lutz H. Eckensberger is Professor Emeritus at the University of Frankfurt and at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) in Frankfurt and Berlin. His main focus of study is the analysis of normative frames of reference (rules, morality, law, social conventions, religion) for conduct as foundation of a cultural psychology. As a theoretical framework he makes use of action theory, which contains cognitive, emotional and symbolic processes and which allows the integration of psychological structures/processes with the (cultural) context. Further key aspects of his work include intercultural psychology, cultural psychology, environmental psychology, and methodical and methodological aspects of intercultural and cultural psychology. Other research areas include the development of moral decisions (ethical reasoning) and the application and contextualisation of a theory of development for moral decisions in diverse areas of conduct such as coping with cancer, environmental issues and citizenship.  

Prof. Eckhart Georg Hahn, University of Oldenburg, Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Eckhart G. Hahn co- founded the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen in 2011 and since August 2012 is its full-time dean. From 2009 to 2011 he was Dean of the Health Faculty of the University Witten/Herdecke. He was head of the Society for Medical Education (GMA) and chief editor of the GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung [Journal of Medical Education] from 2003 to 2011. In 2002 he finished his training as Master of Medical Education (Bern). From 1988 to 2009 he was Professor of Internal Medicine at the University Medical Center Erlangen at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Since 2009 he has been engaged in the creation of a competence based educational objective catalogue (NKLM) for Germany, based on the occupational profile of medical practitioners. 

Publication: Heusser P, Neugebauer E, Berger B, Hahn EG (2012) Integrative und personalisierte Gesundheitsversorgung – Forderungen für ein zeitgemäßes Gesundheitssystem. Gesundheitswesen 2012, doi:10.1055/s-0032-1321745

Prof. Klaus Kornwachs, TU Cottbus, Technik- und Kulturphilosophie

Klaus Kornwachs, born 1947, studied physics, mathematics and philosophy in Tübingen, Freiburg, Kaiserslautern and Amherst, Mass (USA). Masters in Physics 1973, Ph.D in Physics 1976, Habilitation in Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart 1987. From 1979 to 1981 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart, then, until 1992, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, also in Stuttgart, most recently as Head of Research on Academic Quality and Impact Analysis of Technology. Since 1990 he has been Honorary Professor at the University of Ulm: Since 1992 Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus. Founder and Chairman of the German Society for Systems Research, 1991 Research Award from the Alcatel SEL Foundation for Technical Communication, 1997-98 Director of the Centre for Technology and Society. Visiting Professor 2002/2003 at the University of Vienna. Since Jan. 2003 Director of Man and Technology, VDI. Editor of the series "Philosophy of Technology" Lit Verlag, Münster.

Prof. Klaus-Michael Meyer-Abich, University of Essen, Philosophy

Klaus Michael Meyer-Abich (*1936) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Nature at the University of Essen and Senator  for science and research in the City of Hamburg. His fields of study are practical philosophy of nature and philosophy of medicine. 

Publication: Was es bedeutet, gesund zu sein — Philosophie der Medizin (München) [Hanser] 2010


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Fotografin: E. Frerk
Prof. Volker Sommer, University College London, Evolutionary Biology

Volker Sommer is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at UCL (University College London) - an institution which through its tradition of committing itself to enlightenment-philosophy has advanced to become one of the best universities worldwide. As an internationally leading primatologist,  for decades Sommer has been conducting field studies in Asia (Thailand, India) and Africa (Nigeria, Tanzania) on behavioural ecology of monkeys and apes. In Göttingen he studied biology, chemistry and theology, he received a scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, the Heisenberg-scholarship of the DFG and was visiting reseacher at the University of California. Sommer belongs to the founding advisory board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation, which promotes a secular evolutionary humanism. To the broad public the committed conservationist is well known through TV-shows as well as his provoking books on evolutionary biological topics, most recently "Darwinisch denken" ["Darwinist thinking "] and "Menschenaffen wie wir" [ "Apes like us"].