Bernhard Eitel is to serve as Rector of Heidelberg University for another six years. The members of the University Council and the Senate re-elected the 59-year-old Heidelberg scientist by a large majority in a joint session this Tuesday (12 March). A majority in both voting bodies is required for appointment by the Minister-President in consultation with the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. Prof. Eitel’s third term begins on 1 October 2019.
Bernhard Eitel (born 1959) studied geography and German studies at Karlsruhe University (TH). After earning his doctorate and habilitating at the University of Stuttgart, the scientist accepted a professorship at the University of Passau in 1995. In 2001 he was appointed professor of physical geography at Heidelberg University after turning down appointments at the universities of Göttingen and Bayreuth. Prof. Eitel is a member of a number of academic organisations and received an honorary doctorate from the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) for his research in the field of geomorphology.
Prior to his initial election to the post of Rector of Heidelberg University in 2007, Prof. Eitel was already involved in various areas of academic self-administration. He was re-elected to a second six-year term at the helm of Ruperto Carola, which started in 2013. From 2012 to 2014, Prof. Eitel served as spokesperson for German U15, an association of research-intensive and internationally visible universities with medical faculties in Germany. He has been chair of the Baden-Württemberg State Rectors’ Conference since the beginning of last year.