University of Vechta

The University of Vechta is located in Lower Saxony, Germany. Areas of research include education and discipline-specific pedagogies, social sciences, regional development/ rural areas, landscape ecology, social, political, cultural and economic change, business ethics, and Sustainable Development. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a key element of the University of Vechta’s Knowledge Transfer Strategy. In 2012, the university has built up a Science Shop located in Cloppenburg, thus connecting the two counties (Cloppenburg and Vechta) of the Oldenburger Muensterland. The “Coordination Center for transformative research in areas of intensive agriculture” is located at the University of Vechta. It represents a network of universities and business associations that have an excellent expertise in the field of agriculture and food.

Karin Bokop

Karin Bokop is the TeRRIFICA project coordinator at University of Vechta and for the German pilot region “Oldenburger Münsterland”. She is replacing Hannah Hoff during her maternity and parental leave. Working in the Science Shop Vechta/Cloppenburg since 2016, Karin coordinated different projects on science communication and citizen science as well as interdisciplinary seminars on participatory research. She was also project coordinator for the EU-project EnRRICH, which increased her interest in RRI and sustainability.

Barbara Grabkowsky

Dr. Barbara Grabkowsky is managing director of the “Coordination centre for transformation of regions with intensive agriculture” at the University of Vechta. She holds a PhD in livestock epidemiology and environmental sciences and has been director for key account management in Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as CSR programme director for several years in an international pharmaceutical company. At this position, Barbara led several projects related to sustainable food production. Due to her industry work, Barbara brings strong expertise in corporate social responsibility, strategic business development, ethical stewardship, transformational leadership as well as value added customer relation development through co-social projects.

Hannah Hoff

Hannah Hoff is the TeRRIFICA project coordinator at the University of Vechta and for the German pilot region “Oldenburger Muensterland”. She studied biomedicine and during the studies and an additional master programme in Higher Education, she developed a strong interest in science communication and project management. Working for a non-profit foundation, she gained extensive experiences in these fields, which lead her to the TeRRIFICA project. Hannah is now part of the Science Shop Vechta/Cloppenburg that belongs to the University of Vechta and since 12/2019 she is in maternity and parental leave.

Daniel Ludwig

Dr. Daniel Ludwig leads the Knowledge Transfer Office in the Unit for Research Development and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Vechta. He worked as a lecturer, researcher, and project manager in related fields, such as economics and economic policy, energy and environmental economics, regional development, and entrepreneurship. He has experience in establishing contact points for public engagement with science through Science Shops. In 2006, he was one of the founders of the Science Shop in Zittau (“Wissenschaftsladen Zittau”, WTT e.V.), which has also been involved in the PERARES project. Since November 2011, Daniel has worked at Vechta University and is, among other tasks, responsible for the Science Shop Vechta/ Cloppenburg and the development and management of science shop projects.

Christian H. Meyer

Christian Meyer is project officer at the “Coordination Center for transformative research in areas of intensive agriculture” at the University of Vechta. In this position, he is responsible for organizing multidirectional knowledge transfer between science and businesses, project development and science communication. He holds a PhD in agriculture and has worked for many years now in agricultural business contexts as well as in academia. In recent years, he has developed a strong interest in change processes, participatory research and the SDGs. In TeRRIFICA, he is involved in different activities, one of them is to support network activities in the pilot region Oldenburger Muensterland.

Marco Rieckmann

Dr. Marco Rieckmann, Professor of Higher Education Development at University of Vechta, doctoral degree in education, areas of expertise: (higher) education for sustainable development, sustainability in the university context, sustainability communication, higher education development. He works with UNESCO and UN Environment, and is president of the German-Speaking Network of Teacher Education for Sustainable Development, and member of the board of the Network Environmental and Sustainability Education Research of the European Education Research Association.