Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralph Bruder

The Vice Presidents of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Professor Dr.-Ing. Ralph Bruder

Prof. Dr. Ralph Bruder. Bild: Katrin Binner
Professor Ralph Bruder. Picture: Katrin Binner

Vice President, Academic Affairs

What I am working on…

TU Darmstadt is “an attractive place to study”. We can, however, become even better: for example, by developing and testing a bridging concept to help with the transition from school to university. Having already generated interest nationwide, the exemplary organisation of the study programme orientation phase needs to be consolidated and the procedures optimised.

We also wish to press ahead with making the courses offered more international – by adding more Master's degree courses conducted in English and through summer schools, mentoring concepts and targeted advertising both in Germany and in other countries. To support the internationalisation of studying and teaching here, I am considering collaborative programmes, optimising application processes or expanding the language courses offered to students and teaching staff.

TU Darmstadt delivers a high-quality educational experience: Here I see the main tasks as implementing the individual components of system accreditation, further developing and applying didactically appropriate concepts of digital teaching and learning, and enhancing the profile of our programmes that result in teaching degrees.

TU Darmstadt is equally strong in research and teaching. To maintain this balance at a high level, I would like to accelerate the new and further development of Master's courses closely related to the research profile; describe a concept of research-oriented teaching specifically for TU Darmstadt, and highlight interdisciplinarity as the distinguishing feature of the teaching at TU Darmstadt.

The next generation of researchers is our future. Ingenium opens up various perspectives for them on the way to academic/scientific independence. For doctoral students, the existing excellent funding opportunities could be expanded selectively – for example, by strengthening links between academia and industry. For the phase between a doctorate and the first postdoc phase, Ingenium offers a broad qualifying programme with information and advice for multiple career paths. This portfolio is also a strength for attracting new and, especially, international postdocs.

Curriculum vitae

born 1963

1982 – 1988

1988 – 1996



2002 – 2005

2003 – 2006

2006 to date

2011 to date

2014 to date

Electrical Engineering (specifically automatic control engineering), Darmstadt University of Technology

Research associate at the Institute of Ergonomics, Darmstadt

Doctoral thesis in Mechanical Engineering, Darmstadt University of Technology

Appointment as Professor of Ergonomics in Design, University of Duisberg-Essen

Founder and director of the Institute for Ergonomics and Design Research, University of Duisberg-Essen

Founding president and executive director of the Zollverein School of Management and Design, Essen

Professor of Ergonomics and director of the Institute of Ergonomics, TU Darmstadt

Director of Ingenium, the umbrella organisation for early career researchers at TU Darmstadt

Vice President of TU Darmstadt responsible for academic affairs and early career researchers

Other professional activities

2011 – 2015

2008 – 2012

President of the German Ergonomics Society (GfA)

Member of the Council of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), the federation of ergonomics and human factors societies around the world


Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries”, RWTH Aachen University

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

Member of many programme advisory committees for national and international conferences Chair of numerous national and international conferences

Involvement in national and international organisations for standardisation (DIN, ISO)

Academic autonomy at TU Darmstadt

2012 – 2016


2011 – 2013

2010 – 2016

2008 – 2011

Chairperson of the Tenure Committee at TU Darmstadt

Chairperson of the UNICO (University Industry Collaborative) committee

Deputy Chairperson, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Member of the Ethics Commission

Senate Representative on matters relating to professorial appointments