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Federal President Appoints Gabriele Sadowski to German Council of Science and Humanities

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Portrait photo of Gabriele Sadowski. © BCI​/​TU Dortmund
Prof. Gabriele Sadowski is Professor of Thermodynamics at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University since 2001.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President, has appointed four new members to the German Council of Science and Humanities for three years starting on 1 February 2022. Among them is Gabriele Sadowski, professor for thermodynamics at TU Dortmund University. As a new member of the Council, she will advise the federal and state governments on the future development of science, research, and higher education.

The German Council of Science and Humanities is Europe’s oldest advisory board in the area of science policy. New members are appointed at regular intervals at the suggestion of Germany’s most important science organizations – the German Research Foundation, the Max Planck Society, the German Rectors’ Conference, the Helmholtz Association, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz Association. “It’s a great honor to be appointed to the German Council of Science and Humanities. I’m very much looking forward to this important task,” says Professor Sadowski. As a member of the Scientific Commission, she will contribute to working groups and committees on specific topics. Here, her scientific excellence combined with her competence and experience in the field of science policy plays an important role.

About Professor Gabriele Sadowski

Professor Gabriele Sadowski is only the third member of TU Dortmund University to be appointed to the German Council of Science and Humanities. She has been professor for thermodynamics at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering since 2001. In 2011, she received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award, for her research achievements in this field. Sadowski has been a member of RESOLV, the joint cluster of excellence of TU Dortmund University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), since 2012: Her task within this research team is to investigate the role of solvents in chemical reactions as well as industrial and biological processes.


In addition, Sadowski is initiator and spokesperson of the new CALEDO research building currently under construction at TU Dortmund University, for which funds of € 72 million have been allocated. In the shape of CALEDO, the university is establishing a research center for the design of fluids for new and better technical processes and products that will have international visibility. Professor Sadowski also makes an active contribution to supporting early career researchers, e.g., in the framework of a mentoring program for female doctoral candidates in the engineering sciences. Furthermore, as Vice President Research she was part of TU Dortmund University’s management team from 2016 to 2020 and in this function worked on and actioned many topical research policy issues for TU Dortmund University.

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The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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