Dr. Karl Kuhn

Former Academic Director and Senior Policy Advisor at the German Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAUA)

Member of the ddn Board of Management until March 2010

"You must carve yourself a stick while you're young so that you can walk with it in your old age"


Eberhard Ulich

Prof. Dr.phil habil., Dr.rer.nat.h.c

Senior partner of the Institute for Work Research and Organizational Consultancy

Professional experience:

  • 1972 to 1997
  • Professor for work and organizational psychology, ETH Zurich, Director of the Institute for Work Psychology
  • 1991 to 1998
    Also the head of the Center for Integrated Production Systems of the ETH
  • Since October 1997
    Senior partner of the Institute for Work Research and Organizational Consultancy
  • 2000-2007
    Scientific head of the European company network Enterprise for Health
  • Since 2003
    President of the Work Research Foundation

Main focal points of employment/research

Work structuring and organizational development
Working hour model
Health management in the company

approx. 500 publications
Main works:

Ulich, E. Arbeitspsychologie (6. edition 2005),
Zurich University Press/Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel. 
Ulich, E. & Wülser, M.: Health Management in the Company. Perspectives in Work Psychology: (3.edition 2009). Wiesbaden: Gabler. 
Editor: Writings on Work Psychology
People, Technology, Organization series

Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehr

Federal Minister a.D.

Here you can find a lecture that Ursula Lehr delivered at the ddn General Members' Meeting on September 25, 2007 in Berlin. 

  • Born 1930 (Frankfurt a. M.)
  • Studies in Psychology and Philosophy at the Universities of Frankfurt and Bonn
  • 1954 Dr. phil (Psychology) University of Bonn, 1955 Diploma exams in Psychology
  • 1954-1960 Research assistant
  • 1960-1968 Scientific assistant, Institute for Psychology, University of Bonn 
  • 1967 Academic advisor
  • 1968 Habilitation at the Philosophy Faculty, University of Bonn, venia in Psychology
  • 1972-1975 Professorship in Pedagogy and Pedagogical Psychology at the University of Cologne (rejected offers of professorships from Universities of Utrecht and Bonn)
  • 1975-1986 Professorship in Psychology at the University of Bonn (rejected offer of a C4 at the University of Frankfurt am Main)
  • 1986-1995 Professorship in Gerontology at the University of Heidelberg
  • since 1987 Honorary professor at the University of Bonn
  • 1988 Honorary doctorate from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 1988 Awarded the German Order of Merit 1. Class
  • 1988-1991 Federal Minister for Youth, Family, Women and Health
  • 1991 Took up position as head of Institute for Gerontology at the University of Heidelberg for the second time
  • 1991-1994 Member of the German Bundestag Committee for Education and Science
  • 1992-1994 acting Chairwoman of the Enquète Commission "Demographic Change" of the German Bundestag, 
  • 1994-1998 Member and scientific consultant for of the Enquète Commission "Demographic Change"
  • 1994 Awarded the gold university medal of the University of Heidelberg
  • 1994 Named corresponding member of the mathematical-scientific class of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1999 Elected to the Board of Trustees at the Institute for Biomedical Gerontology
  • Awarded the Golden Cross of the BRDeutschld Order of Merit
  • 1995-1998 Academic Director of the DZFA
  • 1997-1998 President of the German Society for Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • 1998 Named a corresponding member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences 
  • 1998 Awarded the Medal of Merit of the region of Baden-Württemberg
  • 1998 Awarded Emeritus status at the University of Heidelberg
  • 2000 Appointed as Marie-Curie professor at the European Academy in Yuste, Spain
  • 2002-2003 Member of the "Social Security Systems" Herzog Commission
  • 2003 Awarded prize from the German Association of Psychologists (BdP) for life's work in the area of gerontology ("Great Georg Gottlob Prize")
  • 2004 President of the Association of Former Members of the Bundestag and the European Parliament e.V.
  • 2004-2007 Scientific Expert in the "Demographic Change" Enquète Commission of the Lower Saxon Parliament
  • 2006 Awarded the Ignaz Nascher Prize for life's work by the city of Vienna and the Austrian Society for Geriatric Medicine
  • 2006 Awarded the Franz Emanuel Weinert Prize by the German Society for Psychology, honorary member of many European and international scientific societies for psychology and gerontology/geriatrics

Various books, more than 800 publications in manuals and scientific journals (including "The Psychology of Aging", 11th edition (revised 2006) - translated into Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Japanese.

Prof. Dr. Michael Kastner

Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. med. Michael Kastner

University of Dortmund, Institute for Organizational Psychology
Institute for Occupational Psychology and Occupational Medicine, Herdecke

Scientific Advisory Board

Professional experience:

30 years' teaching and research
Stress, depression, health and security at work
Organizational development, management, team work
HR development/management
New working and organizational methods
Promoting health in the workplace
HR diagnostics

18 years' practice
Organizational consultancy, change management coaching, psychotherapy
Stress reports, Assessment Center, Audits
Moderation and mediation
Main focal points of employment/research

Organizational development, HR development of business philosophy, ethics, culture, vision, strategy and basic principles up to the practical implementation within the meaning of behavior optimization in change management

Work-life balance
Biographical coaching

André Schleiter

Project manager in field of economics and social affairs
Bertelsmann Foundation, Gütersloh

"I want to provide impetuses in relation to the question as to how economy and society can develop a perspective of opportunities in the face of demographic challenges instead of adopting an attitude of repression and passivity. I.e., demography as a "business case"!

"I want to help ensure that international experiences have an influence in the work of the Scientific Advisory Board and help take advantage of international contacts. I.e., "Learning from the best across the world!"

"I plead for the ddn, together with its partners, to implement a change to its company culture which focuses mainly on the lifelong learning of all citizens as a basis for economic prosperity and societal cohesion. I.e.: Lifelong learning is the key to realizing our potential!

Born 1964; Degree in Economics

Institute for Global Economy in Kiel, Treuhandanstalt Berlin, Management consultancy Prognos AG, European University Viadrina

since 1999 Project manager in the field of "Economics and Social Affairs" at the Bertelsmann Foundation - projects carried out:

  • Corporate culture manual,
  • Systematic employment management,
  • Strategies for dealing with shortage of skilled personnel
  • Employment initiatives, e.g. Cockpit employer attractiveness
  • Older employees in the labor market
  • Carl Bertelsmann Prize 2006 "Getting older - staying active"
  • Main focal points of employment/research

Future of employment
Demographic change and HR management
Employability and lifelong learning

Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther

Dr. rer. nat. Dr. habil. med. Gerald Hüther

Professor for neurobiology and and author of specialist books

Universities of Göttingen and Mannheim/Heidelberg

You can find a speech given by Gerald Hüther at the ddn members' assembly on March 13, 2008 in Berlin here.  

See also:

  • Our interview with Gerald Hüther
  • The interview in "The Performance Architect" magazine with Horváth & Partners
  • Two articles on the topic of transfer management written together with ddn member Prof. Dr. Leopold Stieger:
  • "New perspective instead of retirement shock", and "Retirement: Heaven or Hell?"


Gerald Hüther was born in 1951 in Emleben/Thüringen.

After completing studies in Biology in Leipzig, Gerald Hüther worked as a neurobiologist at the Max-Planck Institue for Experimental Medicine and as a head of the Department for Neurobiological Fundamental Research at the psychiatric clinic of the University of Göttingen. He is currently the head of the newly-established Central Department for Neurobiological Preventative Research in Göttingen and Mannheim/Heidelberg.

He is the author of various scientific publications and works in particular on the public distribution of applicable findings of brain research.

  • Co-founder of the Network for Education and Training (win-future.de)
  • Founding member of the Humanum Forum
  • Co-founder of Social-Neuroscience-Netzwerke.de

Generally accessible specialist books (selection)

  1. G. Hüther: Biologie der Angst, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Göttingen, 1997.
  2. G. Hüther: Die Evolution der Liebe, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Göttingen, 1999.
  3. G. Hüther: Bedienungsanleitung für ein menschliches Gehirn, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2001.
  4. G. Hüther: Die Macht der inneren Bilder, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2004.
  5. J. Prekop, G. Hüther: Die Schätze unserer Kinder. Kösel Verlag 2006

"The brain is not, above all other things, a space for storing information, a switchboard or moderator of chemical processes: it is a social organ. The active influence which is most important to people and most sustainable for the use of neural networks and connections between nerve cells located in the brain... can best be described by the term 'experience'."

Prof.Dr. Jutta Rump

Prof. Dr. Jutta Rump

Dr. Jutta Rump is a professor in General Business Administration with a main focus on International HR Management and Organizational Development at the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences. She is a lecturer for the "Master of Ethical Management" course at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, at the Private University of Vienna she teaches Trend Research and Knowledge Management.

She is also the director of the Institute for Employment and Employability in Ludwigshafen (LBE) which deals with future trends and their consequences in relation to company and HR policy.

Since 2007 she has been one of the "40 leading figures of Human Relations" (HR Magazine) and one of the 7 most important professors for HR Management in the German-speaking world.

Jutta Rump is also Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Management HR Network "Wege zur Selbst GmbH", member of the Board of Management of the HR Alliance (Partnership between the Goinger Kreis, Selbst GmbH, the German Committee for HR marketing dapm as well as the Munich Training Forum), member of the Advisory Board of the ddn (German Demography Network) and a member of the "Speaking for ourselves" and "Young people speaking for themselves" working groups.

She works as a project and process officer in various companies.

  • She also holds various directorships in economics, politics, foundations and assocations:
  • Member of the German government commission in charge of the compilation of the 8th family report
  • Advisor to the Conference of Ministers of Economics
  • Member of the "Work & Family" Board of Trustees and member of and consultant at the not-for-profit Hertie Foundation
  • Deputy Chairwoman of the Council of the University of Applied Sciences Gießen-Friedberg.
  • Member of the innovation commission of the Hessian Ministry of Education and the Arts
  • Member of the Rhineland-Palatinate future initiative
  • Member of the "Start-up Entrepreneur" Advisory Board of the Ministry for Economy and Transport
  • Land economy and viticulture of the Rhineland-Palatinate region
  • Member of the Family Advisory Board for Work, Social Affairs, Family and Health of the Rhineland-Palatinate region
  • Member of the "Healthcare sector" expert commission of the Rhineland-Palatinate regional parliament
  • Consultant at BMBF
  • Consultant in the FH-EXTRA research program of the Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Chairwoman of the judging panel of the "Family @ the Company NRW" competition of the North Rhine-Westphalia regional parliament
  • Member of the judging panel for the Economics Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein regional parliament
  • Chair of the judging panel of the Employability Award of the "Paths to Selbst GmbH" HR network
  • Member of the judging panel of the HR prize (Wolters-Kluwer Publishing Group)
  • Member of the judging panel of the Further Training Award (MUWIT Congress)
  • Mentor at HR Alliance
  • Mentor at S.E.T (Program of the Hessian regional parliament)

Prof. Dr. Joachim E. Fischer

Prof. Dr. Joachim E. Fischer

Prof. Fischer studied medicine in Freiburg, New Zealand (Christchurch and Dunedin) and Heidelberg. After subsequent specialist training as a pediatrician in Tübingen, Filderstadt and Witten-Herdecke, he worked as a medical consultant at the cardiosurgical intensive care unit of the University Pediatric Clinic in Zurich.

From 2001 until 2006 he was head of a research group on the biological effects of work-related stress at the Institute for Behavioral Science at the ETH Zurich. At the same time he worked as a research methodologist at the University Pediatric Clinic and the Horten Center for practice-oriented research and was also one of the co-founders of the Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology. During his time in Zurich, Prof. Fischer underwent various further training schemes, e.g. in psychosomatic and psychosocial medicine and in health economics.

In order to establish future research projects within a wide scientific context and also develop innovative research perspectives, he carried out part-time studies from 1997 at the Harvard School of Publich Health in Boston Public Health and Epidemology. He completed his studies in 1999 with a Masters of Science.

He has been head of the Mannheim Institute for Public Health at the Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg since 2006. The main focal points of his research work include operational health management and the effect of management in the company on health, biological effects of chronic stress, development of health indices and health reports, population-related medicine and research in provision structure as well as benefit analysis of workplace health promotion.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Langhoff

Thomas Langhoff is professor for occupational science at Niederrhein University and managing director of Prospektiv Gesellschaft für betriebliche Zukunftsgestaltungen mbH in Dortmund.

Since 1990 Langhoff has been employed in the field of Applied Work Sciences and has been focusing more closely on ways of addressing demographic change since around 1999. Since this period he has conducted several research projects on demographic change as well as age structure analyses at more than 70 companies from various sectors with the help of the astra(R) tool. Within the framework of his research projects, he has developed age-appropriate tools, concepts and procedures in relevant corporate fields, as well as audited existing structures and processes in respect of their suitability for coping with demographic change and established demographically-sound management systems.

He has used this expertise to set up various operational demography projects and has advised companies on ways to address demographic change. His experience covers the manufacturing industry (metal and steel industry, engineering), various service sectors (in particular, retail), the public sector and skilled trades. From 2002-2003 he advised the Ministry of Labor in North Rhine-Westphalia on the cornerstones of a demographically-sound labor policy and from 2005 to 2010 he advised the Ministry of the Interior and the police in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia on questions of demographic change.

Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger

Professor in Psychology

Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger has been Vice President of the Jacobs University of Bremen since October 2003 and founding Dean of the Bremen Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development. She had previously been employed as a professor in Lifelong Developmental Psychology at the TU Dresden and a project leader at the Max Planck Institute for Educational Research in Berlin. She had visiting professorships at the University of Florida and the University of Halle-Wittenberg.

Ursula M. Staudinger is Vice President of the German Academy of Natural Researchers, Leopoldina, a corresponding member of the Heidelberg Academy of the Sciences, Fellow of the American Psychological Association and was President of the German Society for Psychology between 2008 and 2010. She is a member of the editorial board of several journals, such as Psychology and Aging.

Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger is a member on the Expert Council for Demography of the German Ministry for the Interior and a member of the Science-Industry research union of the German Ministry for Education and Research. She has been asked several times to compile expertise for committees set up by the government on the topic of geriatrics and lifelong development and also represented Germany as an expert on the European Committee which revised the UN World Aging Plan.

Some of her research interests include reserves and potential lifelong development (resiliance, plasticity), aging and productivity, intergenerational relationships and the development of a perspective on life, lifestyle and wisdom over the course of one's life.

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D.

Director of the Mannheim Research Institute for Economics and Demographic Change (MEA) at the University of Mannheim.

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D, born in 1954, studied Economics and Mathematics in Munich and Bonn and was awarded a Ph.D in Economics at M.I.T in Cambridge (USA) under the tutelage of Nobel laureate Prof. Daniel McFadden.
He was then appointed as an assistant professor and the J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.   In 1987 he returned to Germany and taught for two years at the University of Dortmund. Börsch-Supan has been a member of the University of Mannheim since 1989. Until 2001 he held a professorship in Macroeconomics and Economic Policy and was director of the Institute for Economics and Statistics. Since 2001 he has been the director of the Mannheim Institute for Research in Economics and Demographic Change (MEA) which he founded.

His research is dedicated to micro and macroeonomic effects of demographic change, household savings patterns, reform of social security systems and labor and capital market topics.
Börsch-Supan is an ordinary member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy for the Sciences and the German National Academy, Leopoldina. He was a speaker of the rationality concepts and decision behavior specialist research department of the University of Mannheim, is one of the directors of the gerontology nework of the University of Heidelberg and Mannheim and coordinates the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

From 2004 to 2008 Börsch-Supan was Chairman of the Scientific Adivsory Board of the German Ministry for Economy and Technology, member of the group of advisors to the German President on demographic change as well as various Enquète Commissions. Together with Prof. Ruland he was head of the pension reform group of the Sustainability (Rürup) Commission.

Prof. Dr. Juhani Ilmarinen

After completing stuides in Sports Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Juhani Ilmarinen began his scientific career in the Physiology work area at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH). In the 1970s he was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Work Physiology at the University of Dortmund and was awarded a Ph.D in Health and Sports Sciences (Work Physiology) at the University of Cologne.

After returning to the FIOH his work focused on the topic of aging and work. Together with his interdisciplinary team he developed the concept of working capacity and the Work Ability Index (WAI). From 1992 to 2005 Prof. Ilmarinen was director of the Physiology department at the FIOH. From 2006 to 2008 he was also professor and director of the new subject area "Curriculum Vitae and Employment" which aims to improve and increase the working life of all generations via social innovation.

Between 1989 and 2006 Prof. Ilmarinen was also Secretary of the Scientific Committee for Aging and Work of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH). Thanks to the work of the Committee the working capacity promotion and the WAI were introduced in 26 countries. Prof. Ilmarinen was also Chairman of the Technical Committee for Aging of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) from 1997 until 2007.

Prof. Ilmarinen has produced over 500 publications in the fields of working physiology, aging & work and working capacity.

In November 2008 he was awarded the First National Prize for Innovative Practices in the field of Employment and Social Policy.

2009-2010 he was appointed as a visiting professor in Working Capacity at the Technical University Swinburne in Melbourne, Australia.

Prof. Ilmarinen has been Chairman of the Center for Gerontological Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland since 2010.

Prof. Ilmarinen has been managing director of Juhani Ilmarinen Consulting GmbH since 2009 (www.jic.fi).