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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Gather

Portrait photo of Rector Ursula Gather © Lutz Kampert

Following the completion of her studies of Mathematics at RWTH Aachen University, Ursula Gather started to work as an assistant at the Department of Statistics and Business Mathematics at her alma mater in 1976. In 1979 she completed her PhD in Mathematics and in 1984 her Habilitation, both at Aachen.

In 1985, Ursula Gather received a professorship at the University of Iowa before accepting a chair position at Uni­ver­si­tät Dort­mund (now TU Dort­mund University) in 1986. She held the chair for Mathematical Statistics and Industrial Applications at Dort­mund’s Faculty of Statistics until she took office as Rector. Her areas of interest included statistical model building and robust procedures, time series analysis and statistics in industry as well as methods of online monitoring in intensive-care medicine. Starting in 1997 she served as coordinator of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 475 »Reduction of Complexity in Multivariate Data Structures« for twelve years. She supervised 30 doctoral dissertations and six Habilitations. In addition to her own publications (approx. 160 refereed papers), she co-edited five professional journals and still serves as editor for two book series with Springer publishers.

Throughout her career she has received prizes and awards. Her diploma thesis was honored with the Springorum Medal, her doctoral dissertation with the Borchers Medal of RWTH Aachen University. In 1987, one year following her appointment at Uni­ver­si­tät Dort­mund, she received the prestigious Alfried Krupp Award for young uni­ver­si­ty professors then valued at 850,000 German marks. In 2001, the IREX Award of the Australian Research Council facilitated a research stay at La Trobe University, Melbourne. International guest professorships included University of Pune, India (1982), Yale University, USA (1990), Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France (1994), and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (2001). She received offers to chair positions from universities in Karlsruhe (1990), Würzburg (1996), Aachen (2003) and Lancaster (2005). In 2010, she was appointed member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). On November 04, 2014 the scientific mem­bers of acatech elected Ursula Gather as member of the Executive Board.

Ursula Gather has been engaged in uni­ver­si­ty management for many years. From 1991-1994, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Statistics; from 1994-1998 she was Prorector for Research at Uni­ver­si­tät Dort­mund.

Various positions in research organizations demonstrate Ursula Gather’s experience in the area of science and research management. From 1996 until 2002 she  was a member of the Scientific-Technical Committee of the executive board of the For­schungs­zen­trum Jülich. For eight years, she served as a member in the executive board of the German Statistical Society (2000-2008).For four years she served as DFG liaison officer at TU Dort­mund University. Between 2007 and 2011 she was a member of the council of the International Statistical Institute. From 2008 until 2012 she resided as Chairwoman of the DFG Review Board of Mathematics. And since 2007, she has been chairing the “Friends of Oberwolfach”. Between 2007 and 2012 she also served as Deputy Chairwoman of the senate of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In 2009 the DFG appointed her a member of the workgroup for research-oriented standards on gender equality. She is also a member of the advisory board of the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organizations (KoWi).

Since September 2008, Ursula Gather has been serving as Rector of TU Dort­mund University. From 2010 to 2015 she was Chairwoman of the State’s Rectors’ Conference for North Rhine Westphalia (LRK) and has been acting as Vice-Chairwoman since then. In 2011, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) elected her vice-president for teaching, studies and admission. At the end of 2011 she was appointed a member of the board of trustees of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation. On August 27, 2013, the Board of Trustees of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation unanimously elected Ursula Gather as its new chairman. She assumed this position on October 1, 2013. Since August 2016 she is a member appointed in a personal capacity of the Senate of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Ursula Gather was awarded the honorary title of “Citizen of the Ruhr area” in November 2014. In February 2015, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, appointed Ursula Gather a member of the “Hightech Forum”, an advisory board supporting the implementation and further development of the federal government’s high-tech strategy. In November 2015 she received an honorary doctorate degree from Lodz University of Technology, Poland.

Ursula Gather was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany. She is married and has two sons.

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Location & approach

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 Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). 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 Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord 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 20 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".

Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more in­for­mation). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. 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 Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.