Ulf Diederichsen was born in Munich in 1963, studied chemistry at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and transferred to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich for his doctorate. This was followed by a post-doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and post-doctoral qualification at the Technical University of Munich. In 1999, he accepted an appointment as Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Würzburg, and taught there until 2001, when he moved to the University of Göttingen. He was a visiting professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. His field of study is the synthesis, modification, structure, function, and interaction of biomolecules, with a focus on understanding biochemical mechanisms and medicinal chemistry issues. He has been a full member of the Göttingen Academy since 2012.
Daniel Göske, born in Lüneburg in 1960, studied English and German at Göttingen, the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and the Pennsylvania State University, USA. After his PhD he spent two years at Princeton as a Visiting Fellow with the English Department. Following his Habilitation at Göttingen, he became Professor for American Studies at the Technical University at Braunschweig and, in 2001, at Kassel University. His research focusses on 19th and 20th century literature in English, literary translation, transnational reception studies, and the connections between literature and religion. He is a full member of the German Academy of Language and Literature and the Academy of the Sciences and Humanities at Göttingen and corresponding member of the Academy at Mayence.
Andrea Polle was born in Lastrup (Emsland). She studied biology at the University of Cologne and completed her doctorate at the University of Osnabrück. She worked as a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environmental Research (Garmisch-Partenkirchen branch of the KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), and after four years there moved to the University of Freiburg, where she completed a post-doctoral qualification in 1995. Her field of study is the molecular stress physiology of tress. With her research group, she investigates the adaptation mechanisms of trees and their associated microorganisms to climate change. She has been a full member of the Göttingen Academy since 2006 and has served on numerous committees of the University of Göttingen and the German Research Foundation, as well as working as an advisor at non-university institutions.