The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has appointed physicist, science journalist and author Dr. Jeanne Rubner Vice President Global Communication and Public Engagement as well as department head of the Corporate Communications Center.
For the last ten years Rubner, who holds a doctorate in physics, has headed the tri-medial editorial section covering Knowledge and Education ("Wissen und Bildung aktuell") at Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bavaria’s public broadcasting service. She also teaches Scientific Communication at the Munich School of Politics and Public Policy ("Hochschule für Politik München"). In 2012 she concluded more than 20 years as an editor at the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2019 the German Physical Society awarded her its Medal for Natural Science Journalism.
TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann comments: "Our alumna Jeanne Rubner is returning to her alma mater, joining the TUM Board of Management as a recognized expert for scientific communication. Her appointment will strategically strengthen TUM’s internal and external communication. We see it as our duty to serve humanity with our research and teaching, to have an impact within the public sphere and to give society active entitlement in the development of innovations. This makes the focus area Public Engagement an important part of this new position, unique in the German academic world."