The Rector is in charge of the academic direction of the Wissenschaftskolleg. She is appointed by the Members' Assembly and supported by the Academic Coordinator.  

The Permanent Fellows support the Rector in areas of academic leadership and with the Fellows' selection process. They too are appointed by the Members' Assembly.

The direction of the administration and the services is the task of the Secretary of the Wissenschaftskolleg. In this he is supported by his deputy and the members of the staff.

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Professor Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger


Tel. +49 30 89001 119

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger is Professor of Early Modern History at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and since September 2018 the Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg. Her research interests are foremost questions of representation in societies of the 16th to 18th centuries. Her investigations into rituals, symbolic communication and ceremonial have established and opened up a field of research that has changed the view of essential aspects of the constitution and exercise of power in the pre-modern era.

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Dr. Thorsten Wilhelmy

Dr. Thorsten Wilhelmy


Tel. +49 30 89001 116

Thorsten Wilhelmy joined the Wissenschaftskolleg as its Secretary in August 2012.
He studied Comparative Literature, German, and History at Saarland University and earned his doctorate in 2003. After that he was a consultant with the Cusanuswerk and the German Council of Science and Humanities.

Professor Dr. Daniel Schönpflug

Professor Dr. Daniel Schönpflug

Academic Coordinator

Tel. +49 30 89001 213

Daniel Schönpflug is a Historian at Freie Universität Berlin and has been Academic Coordinator of  the Wissenschaftskolleg since 2015. His main research topics are the revolutions of modern age, the political and ritual dimensions of dynastic marriages in Europe and the history of terrorism.

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Dr. Katharina Biegger

Dr. Katharina Biegger

Head of Admission, Deputy Secretary

Tel. +49 30 89001 123

Katharina Biegger has been Deputy Secretary since 2003.
She grew up in Switzerland, completed studies in the Humanities at the University of Zurich with a dissertation in Early Modern German Literature.  Since 1990, she has been with the Wissenschaftskolleg, responsible for the admissions procedures and also for Eastern European projects.