Dr. Heide Ahrens

Secretary General of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Dr. Heide Ahrens

Dr. Heide Ahrens

Born on 21 January 1962 
in Bergen/Celle district

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Since 2020Secretary General of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
2017 - 2020Senator for Science, Health and Consumer Protection, after 2019 Senator for Science and Ports of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Senate Director, Head of Department 2 "Higher Education and Research”
2011 - 2017Ministry for Science, Economic Affairs and Transport, after 2012 Ministry for Education and Science of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, after 2014 Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Science and Equality, Head of Section, Head of Department 5 "Science and Research"
2007 - 2011Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Vice President for Administration and Finance
2008–2010 Acting President
2004 - 2007University of Bremen
Head of Academic Affairs Department
1999 - 2004Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany 
Programme manager in the Programme and Funding Division
1995 - 1999Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Division head in the General Policy Division (deputy head of department)
1989 - 1994Dr. Volkmar Köhler, PStS (ret.), Member of the German Bundestag (MdB)
Research assistant to the member of the Bundestag
1989Student assistant in the German Bundestag's Enquete Commission on the reform of health insurance
1988 - 1989Member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary working group
"Transnuclear Investigation Committee"
1988Freelance employee in the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government


1994Doctorate as Dr. phil.
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
1987Master of Arts
1982  - 1987Degree course at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Political Science (major)
Communication Research and Phonetics (major)
Contemporary German Literature (minor)
1972 - 1981Christian-Gymnasium Hermannsburg, A-levels