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So that the SMC
can stay on course

Our Supervisory Board

Our Supervisory Board "supervises, advises and supports the management of the Science Media Center". This is what it says in our articles of association. The board accompanies us critically and monitors whether we stay on course and fulfil our mission as SMC. The supervisory board is informed by our management and meets four times a year. It has five members from the circle of shareholders, academia and journalism, who are appointed for three years at a time.

Our advisory board

We need a lively and critical exchange about journalism with research, media and science communication. The members of our advisory board guarantee expertise and excellence. They accompany and advise us, ask critical questions, give us valuable answers and suggestions for our work. To this end, the advisory board meets regularly with the whole team.


  • Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch
    Heisenberg Professor of Health Communication, University of Erfurt

  • Christina Elmer
    Professor of Digital Journalism/Data Journalism, TU Dortmund University

  • Dr. Marc Jan Eumann
    Director of the State Agency for Media and Communication Rhineland-Palatinate, former State Secretary

  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Gostomzyk
    Institute for Journalism, Technical University Dortmund

  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller
    Director, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics, Göttingen

  • Dr. Henrike Hartmann
    Member of the Executive Board, Volkswagen Foundation, Hanover

  • Prof. Dr. Caspar Hirschi
    Professor of General History, University of St. Gallen

  • Jürgen Kaube
    Publisher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt am Main

  • Gero von Randow
    Editor, DIE ZEIT, Hamburg

  • Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer
    Professor of Science Communication and Director of the Center for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS), University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Martin Schneider
    Head of Editorial Office "Wissenschaftsdokus und Magazine" SWR, and Chairman, Wissenschafts-Pressekonferenz e. V.

  • Prof. Dr. Edgar Schömig
    Chairman of the Board and Medical Director, University Hospital Cologne

  • Prof. Dr. Silja Vöneky
    Institute for Public Law and International Law, University of Freiburg

  • Julia Wandt
    Rectorate, Department of Communication and Strategy, University of Freiburg and Chairperson, Federal Association of University Communication

  • Markus Weißkopf
    Journalist, Table Media GmbH