Andreas Gardt, born in 1954 in Mainz, has been professor of German Linguistics and History of Language at the University of Kassel since 2001. He studied German and English at the universities of Mainz, Heidelberg and Cambridge and comparative literature at University of East Anglia. After the state examination and obtaining a Master’s degree in England, he went to the University of Reading as a lecturer for German Language and Literature and also worked at the universities of Osnabrueck and Freiburg. Gardt is an expert on the history of language theory, text and discourse analysis, language and political/cultural identity. He has been a full member of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2009.
Annette Zippelius, born in 1949, is professor for Theoretical Physics at the University of Göttingen. She studied at the TU Munich and the University of Colorado in Boulder, US. After sojourns as postdoc at the Harvard University and Cornell University, she habilitated at the TU Munich in 1982 and worked in the Research Centre Julich for the next five years before she got a professorship in Göttingen. She specialises in statistical physics of random matrices and complex fluids as well as soft matter. She is a full member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 1993.
Jens Peter Laut, born in 1954 in Hannover, has been professor of Turkology and Central Asian Studies at the University of Goettingen since 2008. He studied Theology, Indology and Turkology at the universities of Goettingen, Marburg and Giessen. Today, he is considered an expert for pre-Islamic (Buddhist, Manichaean, Christian) and early-Islamic Turkish language and culture in Central Asia, Kemalism, language reform in Turkey and modern Turkish literature. From 2003 to 2008, he was first secretary of the German Oriental Society and also its vice president between 2009 and 2011. Between 2003 and 2010, he edited the “Turkish Library”, an anthology of modern Turkish literature, in cooperation with Erika Glassen (University of Freiburg). Since March 2009, he has been chairman of the academic advisory board of the Orient Institute in Istanbul. He has been a full member of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2010.