New Tasks

f.l.t.r.: Prof. Dr. Beate Massa, Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann, Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen, Claudia Hornig

With the turn of the year, my responsibilities within the university will officially change, as I will take over the position of Vice President for Research for the next four years. This means that the focus of my activities will shift quite a bit, as many of my previous tasks will or will have to move into the background for the most part.

With the change to the presidium of the Trier University of Applied Sciences, I would like to resume my blog, which has mainly taken place in social media, especially on Twitter. I will present my view of the energy transition and renewable energy at irregular intervals and report on university life in terms of content. And even though my articles will only reflect my personal opinion, you will still find some interesting aspects around renewables and the university.

My new role as vice president means that I will have to cut back somewhat on the tasks I have previously performed as a professor of renewable energies and as program director for the bachelor's degree program in renewable energies. In the future, I will spend most of my time as Vice President for Research at Trier University, and the remaining time I will use for the other roles. In particular, there will be a focus on the supervision of my research projects, where two new projects have been added with the new year. I will significantly reduce my teaching activities, as there is less time available to pursue teaching regrettably. In concrete terms, this means that I will only be taking on one course per semester from the coming summer semester. And the number of theses that I can supervise will inevitably be reduced.

At the same time, new tasks will come my way as vice president. In addition to being responsible for the research activities of Trier University (and there are quite a few), I am the contact person for doctoral students at the university's three campuses. Furthermore, the university’s internationalization efforts fall into my area of responsibility. In addition, there are several other tasks within the university. 

I am looking forward to the new tasks in the newly composed Executive Board (at the turn of the year, my colleague Prof. Massa took over the position of Vice President for Studies and Teaching). I have already been able to gain a first impression of the activities, as I could take over the first tasks of the Vice President for Research temporarily. I am curious to see what the following weeks, months, and years as Vice President will bring.


Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
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