In selected cases, it is possible to honour outstanding retired professors with a “senior professorship” if they continue to be active in research and teaching, using their wealth of experience for the benefit of Leipzig University. At the same time, senior professorships are a way to give outstanding professors from elsewhere the opportunity to pursue scholarly work at Leipzig University after retiring.

Bestowal of “senior professor” status in the Paulinum during the Dies academicus 2018. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Leipzig University normally awards two senior professorships per year, one each to

  • a former professor of Leipzig University and
  • a professor who did not work at Leipzig University prior to retiring.


Candidates must meet at least two of the following requirements:

  • outstanding research activity that: significantly complements or expands the academic spectrum of the respective faculty; preferably contributes to Leipzig University’s research profile; or includes an important role in a collaborative research project, such as within the framework of a Research Training Group or a Graduate School or project management in a Collaborative Research Centre
  • above-average third-party funding which requires the involved of the respective person for a long period
  • responsibility for teaching and examination obligations to a not insignificant extent (at least two teaching hours per week).

Current senior professorships

  • Professor Andreas Dieckmann (ETH Zurich, sociology)
    appointed from 1 October 2018
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  • Professor Friedrich Kremer (Leipzig University, physics)
    appointed from 1 October 2018
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  • Professor Martin Schlegel (Leipzig University, biology)
    appointed from 1 October 2018
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  • Professor Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer (Leipzig University, philosophy)
    appointed from 1 October 2018
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  • Professor Christian Wilhelm (Leipzig University, biology)
    appointed from 1 April 2019
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