Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Rapp

The Vice Presidents of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Professor Dr Andrea Rapp

Prof. Dr. Andrea Rapp. Bild: Katrin Binner
Professor Andrea Rapp. Picture: Katrin Binner

Vice President, Scientific Infrastructure

What I am working on…

Excellent research and teaching require excellent infrastructure for research and information in the context of a digital agenda. Central to this are the University and State Library (ULB), which is performing well as a campus library and provides a very good basis for digital transformation, and the University IT Service and Computing Centre with its services and competencies in high-performance computing. I see ongoing development of research data management as a key interface and challenge.

What our students and researchers rightly expect in terms of optimum support are reliable and innovative services. These are undergoing rigorous further development, particularly when stimulated by in-house research in the field of infrastructure.

My remit includes incorporating infrastructure expertise into project and application planning, consultancy and services in publishing (open access, licensing models, innovative forms of publishing), as well as greater integration into courses in order to pass on key skills in information search, digitalisation technology and collections. As one of Germany's outstanding historic libraries, the ULB offers unique potential here.

One of the key challenges is ensuring that digital infrastructure is sustainable. Meeting this means gaining understanding and support from policy makers, as well as obtaining and furthering expertise in infrastructure facilities through targeted human resources development.

Overall, infrastructure is about finding a wise balance – in the library which, as a place for communication and learning, combines analogue resources and digital developments, and within the University IT Service and Computing Centre. The latter generates synergies by providing services centrally, while at the same time accommodating subject-specific and highly specialised requirements.

Curriculum vitae

born 1963


1990 – 2000


2001 – 2002

2003 – 2004

2004 – 2010

2010 to date

Master's degree (Master of Arts / MA) in German Studies and Art History, Trier University

Research associate at the collaborative research centre235 Between the rivers Rhine and Meuse, Trier University

Doctorate in Medieval German Philology (Doctor phil.), Trier University

Research associate at the Trier Center for Digital Humanities and in projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Head of the Göttingen Digitalisation Centre (GDZ) at the Göttingen State and University Library, head of the 'Digital Library' department

(Senior) member of faculty in Medieval German Philology and Executive Director of the Trier Center for Digital Humanities, Trier University

Professor of German Studies – Computer Philology and Medieval Studies, TU Darmstadt

Other professional activities

Membership of and positions within academic/research organisations

  • Member of the academic advisory board for the Digital
  • Knowledge Store project, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Member of the DFG's subcommittee on electronic publications (until 2016)
  • Elected member of the advisory board, German Medievalists' Society
  • Member of the advisory board, Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association
  • Member of the academic advisory board, Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel
  • Member of the Scientific Commission for the Academies' Programme and the eHumanities working group, Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
  • Member of the academic committee of Hypotheses, a platform for humanities and social science research blogs
  • TU Darmstadt's permanent delegate to the Philosophischer Fakultätentag (Philosophical Faculties Day)

Peer review / consultancy activities

German Research Foundation (DFG); German Council of Science and Humanities (expert); Leibniz Association, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research in the State of Berlin; Franco-German University; Thyssen Foundation; Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung für Geisteswissenschaften (Boehringer Ingelheim siblings' foundation for the humanities); Austrian Science Fund (FWF); FNRS Scientific Research Fund, Belgium

Academic self-government at Technische Universität Darmstadt

2012 bis 2014 and 2015 to date

various functions on the departmental council of the department of Materials and Earth Sciences

Vice Chairperson, Academic Affairs of the department of Materials and Earth Sciences

Member of the Academic Council of TU Darmstadt

  • Member of the Departmental Council, doctoral committee and budget committee, Department of History and Social Sciences
  • Member of the Research Data working group
  • Senate Representative for professorial appointment procedure, TU Darmstadt