The internal Board of Directors represented by Prof. Matthias Lutz-Bachmann (Philosophy) and Prof. Enrico Schleiff (Biology). The board of directors works at the interface of the Academy and serves as a link between the Academy and its external board, as well as the executive committee and research council of the Goethe University.

​Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff

Founding director

Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff, born on 17 November 1971 in Luckenwalde, first studied physics at the Charles University in Prague before moving to the Gutenberg University in Mainz, where he took his oral examination in 1994. He then completed his diploma thesis at the Institute for Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Basel. After laboratory work at the Institute for Particle Physics at the University of Dresden and a position as laboratory assistant at Gutenberg University in Mainz, he went to the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University Montreal in Canada as a PhD Fellow, where he received his doctorate in 1999. From 1999 to 2002 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Biology at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel and then for one year at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. In 2003 he habilitated there in cell biology and botany and worked from 2003 to 2007 as head of a junior research group founded by the Volkswagen Foundation itself. Since 2007, he has held a W3 professorship for molecular cell biology of plants at the Institute of Molecular Biology at JWG University in Frankfurt, where he was Vice President from 2012 to 2018. From 2014 to 2019, Enrico Schleiff established the Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences in Frankfurt as director. Since 2017, he has also been a member of the FIAS board of directors and its chairman since 2019.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Lutz-Bachmann

Founding director

Prof. Lutz-Bachmann, born in 1952, teaches and conducts his research at the Institute of Philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, of which he was Vice President from 2009 to 2015. In 1981 he received his doctorate in philosophy from Goethe University and in 1984 he was awarded a doctorate in theology from the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. Afterwards he completed his habilitation at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in 1987 and held a professorship at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1989 to 1994. Since 1994, he has held a professorship at the Goethe University Frankfurt with a focus on medieval philosophy, practical philosophy with special emphasis on political philosophy and ethics, philosophy of religion and „critical theory“. Prof. Lutz-Bachmann was offered a C4 professorship at the Universities of Tübingen (2003) and Bonn (2008) and a chair in philosophy at Washington University (USA) in 2003, all of which were, however, rejected. Since 1998 Prof. Lutz-Bachmann has been Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University (USA). Between 2001 and 2005 he was a member of the DFG’s Review Board of Philosophy and received the Hessian Cultural Prize in 2017. Since 2012 he has been Director of the Research Institute for Humanities at Goethe University in Bad Homburg.

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