Ombudsperson for Doctoral Students

In March 2011, the office of ombudsperson was created to support doctoral students and supervisors at the University of Heidelberg. The two ombudsmen appointed to the office will act as confidential and impartial advisors and mediators to whom doctoral students and their supervisors can turn in cases of conflict surrounding their doctoral projects.

The office of ombudsperson is currently held by two professors:

Prof. em. Peter Meusburger (Geography) and Prof. Dr. Ingrid Lohmann (Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg - COS)

Questions or problems can be submitted initially by email or post. The ombudsperson will then contact the applicant in order to clarify the problem and determine which offices or authorities could contribute to finding a solution. In some cases, a simple advising session may be sufficient to resolve the problem. In other cases, the ombudsperson will, with the permission of the applicant, arrange a mediation session with the other parties involved. The ombudsperson has the authority to make recommendations regarding further action. The implementation of the recommendations, however, is up to the parties involved.

The services of the office of ombudsperson are free of charge and can not be contested in a court of law or referred to another authority. The jurisdictions of the doctoral committees and the committee for the ensurance of good academic practice remain unaffected.


  • Initial contact by post:

    Prof. em. Peter Meusburger
    Geographisches Institut
    Berliner Straße 48
    69120 Heidelberg

    Prof. Dr. Ingrid Lohmann
    Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg (COS)
    Im Neuenheimer Feld 230
    69120 Heidelberg

  • Contact through the Graduate Academy Service Point

Legal Statutes

  • Appointment by senate vote on September 14, 2010, initially for 2 years. Ombudsmen to take up office in March 2011.


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