12+1 Future-professor



With its PRO4-HSRW program, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences (HSRW) strengthens the promotion of young scientists with the aim of further developing the career path to a professorship at a University of Applied Sciences (UAS).

In the program, the HSRW aims not only to address individual challenges of career development and personnel recruitment, but also to offer an innovative concept that 1) has a career development scenario in mind, 2) university policy developments (doctorates at the UAS, internationalization, strengthening knowledge transfer and research at UAS) and 3) specifically developing a holistic view of equality and diversity, which is of fundamental importance for the current challenges of personnel recruitment.

The 12+1 program is intended primarily to target women and gender-diverse individuals, a group that should receive support due to structural disadvantage.

Future-professors in the project PRO4-HSRW

As part of the project, four female professors from the HSRW, Prof. Dr. Lily Chambers, Prof. Dr. Simone Pauling, Prof. Dr. Corinna Titze and Prof. Dr. Mona Wappler, have been nominated for the 12+1 Future Professorship. The overall project leads to a sustainable development of the professorial staff at the HSRW. It is a model character for the career development of young academics. This project is funded within the framework of the federal-state program 'FH-Personal'.

Prof. Dr. Lily Chambers
Fakultät Technologie und Bionik 

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Professor Dr. Lily Chambers obtained her PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom on the topic of environmentally sustainable antifouling systems for ship hulls. She received further training in underwater sensing and robotics at the Ocean Technologies Lab, Bath University and in artificial muscles actuators and microbial fuel cells at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of Bristol, UK. She has been appointed as a Professor of Bionics with a focus on Biology here in the Faculty of Technology and Bionics. Her research expertise is in Bionics, the abstraction of natural systems for engineering solutions, particularly in the field of Biorobotics and biodegradable technology. By using technical materials and surfaces to mimic the function of biological models her recent research interests have been in developing soft grippers and anchors. These natural mechanisms provide insight into grasping and moving across unstable and wet/dry surfaces. The technological and scientific impact of this research is on developing sustainable engineering solutions for the fields of soft robotics, environmental monitoring and biomedicine.


Prof. Dr. Corinna Titze
Fakultät Gesellschaft und Ökonomie

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Prof. Dr. Corinna Titze studied psychology (Dipl.-Psych.) and received her doctorate from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Subsequently, she completed further education and training in the areas of mediation as well as systemic couple and family therapy. She worked as an expert witness in family court appraisal proceedings on issues of child welfare as well as access and custody rights. In addition, she worked as a therapist in emergency and day-care child and youth at the LVR Clinic. Most recently, she worked as a psychologist at the Regional School Counseling Center of the Wesel District. Dr. Titze has been appointed as a professor with a focus on applied psychology at the Faculty of Society and Economics at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Her central research focus is the topic of emotion work, which is about the experiences, onset and processing of emotions as well as their effects on mental health in everyday work. The focus of the research is on educational professionals.

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Prof. Dr. Mona Wappler
Fakultät Kommunikation und Umwelt

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Prof. Dr. Mona Wappler central focus revolves around corporate logistics at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The development, business operation and design of supply chains have been the focus of Prof. Wappler’s professional work for many years. She has studied industrial engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg and completed her Doctorate at the Technical University of Dortmund on the subject of “Network effects in supply chain risk management”. In her doctoral thesis, she has investigated both theoretically and empirically, how logistics performance in supply networks could be guaranteed (even in the event of short-term disruptions).

Prof. Dr. Wappler has more than 10 years of practical experience from various positions in industry and consulting. She brings this knowledge to her teaching and research, for example by identifying relevant questions in the fields of supply chain management and logistics and developing application-oriented solutions and processes. The current focus of her research is logistics issues relating to the development of the hydrogen economy.


Dr. Oliver Locker-Grütjen