HEiKA Board of Directors elects new Deputy Executive Director

Robert Kneschke; https://de.fotolia.com/id/206461438

HEiKA Research Bridges: Prof. Dr. Michael Mastalerz (Uni HD) is the new Deputy Executive Director from January 2020.

HEiKA Research Bridges is led by a Board of Directors, in which each research bridge is equally represented by two scientists - one from the KIT and the other from the Heidelberg University. In addition, since 2016, two representatives of young academics have been appointed as advisory members of the Board.

The Board of Directors is represented by an Executive Director and his/her Deputy for a two-year term.

Deputy Executive Director from 2020

Michael Mastalerz is a professor at the Institut of Organic Chemistry at Heidelberg University. His main research interests are:

  • Porous Molecules and Materials by Dynamic Covalent Bond Formation
  • Crystal Engineering and Self-Assembling
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Nonplanar Extended Aromatic Molecules
  • Development of New Synthetic Methods


Prof. Mastalerz joint the HEiKA Board of Directors in July 2016 as a director for the research bridge Functional Materials (FM).

Executive Director from 2019

Rafaela Hillerbrand is a professor for philosophy of science and technology at the Insitute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS, KIT).  Rafaela Hillerbrand holds a PhD in theoretical physics and a PhD in philosophy and joint the KIT in 2015. Her main areas of scientific work includes the philosophy of science, engineering and technology, applied ethics esp. of the environment and ethics in engineering, risk and uncertainty analysis and philosophy of computer simulations.


Prof. Hillerbrand joint the HEiKA Board of Directors in July 2016 as a director for the research bridge HEiKAexplore.