On the function of the Rectorate Representative
The Rectorate Representative has the task of supporting the networking of the developing research for the Faculty of Medicine OWL with research in the other faculties and central scientific institutes of Bielefeld University as well as other institutions in the region, so that the great opportunities offered by the new Medical Faculty with regard to the further development of the University as a nationally and internationally visible research location can be realised through synergies at both the content and infrastructure level. Four concrete topic areas are at the centre of the Rectorate Representative's activity profile:
Martin Egelhaaf has been Professor of Neurobiology at Bielefeld University since 1995. He studied at the University of Tübingen and the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK). With a dissertation written at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, he received his doctorate in 1985 from the University of Tübingen, where he also habilitated in 1989. In 1994, he moved from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics to the Centre for Visual Sciences at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) as a research group leader.
Martin Egelhaaf's main field of research are the neural mechanisms of visually guided behaviour in insects and the application of principles of biological information processing to artificial systems. He was spokesperson of the DFG Research Training Group "Strategies and Optimisation of Behaviour" and coordinator of the BMBF network MONIST 'Simulations about Brains' as well as Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence 'Cognitive Interaction Technology' (CITEC).
Martin Egelhaaf served as Dean of the Faculty of Biology from 2002 to 2004, as Prorector for Research, Young Scientists and Transfer from 2006 to 2015, then as Prorector for Research, Young Scientists and Equality and from January 2020 to October 2021 as Prorector for Research and Research Transfer. Since October 2021, he has been Rectorate Representative for Research Networking in Medicine.