About us

»Wir haben viel diskutiert, wie eine Zukunft ohne Mauer aussehen könnte. Ein geeintes Deutschland war nicht meine präferierte Idee, mit großem Enthusiasmus habe ich mir eine bessere, weltoffenere und freiere DDR vorgestellt.«

Claudia from Weimar, born 1974 in the DDR, was on November 9, 1989 im Orchesterlager

The city of Jena, the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and the Free State of Thuringia would like to bring the “Zukunftszentrum – Centre for German Unity and European Transformation” to Jena. To this end, a powerful, interdisciplinary project and bid team is being assembled. Here is a brief overview.

Team and structure

At the heart of the project team is the so-called Bid Management Team, consisting of 20 people representing the city, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and Jena’s civil society. The project leadership is in the hands of Martin Fischer from the Central Process and Project Management of the city of Jena as well as Christine Schickert, the Scientific Director of the special research area “Structural Changes in Property” at the University of Jena https://www.uni-jena.de/. Four working groups [Arbeitsgruppen, AG] have formed to develop content for Jena’s bid. In additional, an Advisory Board of high calibre members provides important ideas and advice to the project team. 

Team Jena: Mitglieder des Jenaer Bewerbungsteams für das Zukunftszentrum, im Hintergrund das Denkmal für die Verfolgten 1945-1989: (v.l.n.r.): Dr. Christian Faludi, Dr. Axel Salheiser, Katrin Bubat, Tilo Schieck, Dr. Tobias Schwessinger, Katja Bär, Dr. Oliver Pänke, Christine Schickert, Michael Kubach, Prof. Dr. Jörg Ganzenmüller, Eva Göbel.
Members of the Jena bidding team for the Zukunftszentrum – Centre for German Unity and European Transformation in front of the Memorial for Persecuted Persons 1945-1989: (from left to right): Dr. Christian Faludi, Dr. Axel Salheiser, Katrin Bubat, Tilo Schieck, Dr. Tobias Schwessinger, Katja Bär, Dr. Oliver Pänke, Christine Schickert, Michael Kubach, Prof. Dr. Jörg Ganzenmüller, Eva Göbel.

Since the start of the bidding process, dialogue and an exchange of ideas have been sought again and again with the city community and civil initiatives. Below is a list of all project members and groups. A list of all past and future events related to the bidding process can be found on our calendar.

Working groups

AG Science
AG Gallery of Transformation and Unity
AG Dialogue and Encounter
AG Architecture und Construction
AG Communication und Public Relations

The following people are involved in the working groups:

  • Dr. Christian Faludi
    Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der Demokratiegeschichte e.V. (Society for Research into the History of Democracy)
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Ganzenmüller
    Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena | Ettersberg Foundation in Weimar
  • Dr. Axel Salheiser
    IDZ Jena | Institute for Democracy and Civil Society
  • Christine Schickert
    Director the special research field Structural Change in Property| Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
  • Dr. Tobias Schwessinger
    Service Centre for Research and Transfer | Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
  • Tilo Schieck
    Thuringia Archive for Contemporary History
  • Dirk Postler
    Advisor General Management JenaKultur
  • Katja Bär
    Department Head and Press Officer| Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
  • Julia Dünkel
    City of Pößneck, Hear of Finance and Culture
  • Martin Fischer
    Central Process and Project Management | City of Jena
  • Dr. Thomas Eberlein
    Construction Management | Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
  • Kristian Philler
    Press Officer City of Jena
  • Birgit Liebold
    Corporate Communications JenaKultur
  • Axel Burchardt
    Head of Press and Information, University of Jena
  • Katrin Bubat
    Central Project Management City of Jena
  • Stefanie Braune
    Head of Press and Public Relations City of Jena
  • Juliane Superka
    BERATUNGSRAUM Kommunal- und Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Leipzig
  • Michael Kubach
    BERATUNGSRAUM Kommunal- und Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Leipzig
  • Dr. Oliver Pänke
    Leiter Servicebereich der Universität Jena 
  • Eva Göbel
    JenaKultur

Advisor board

  • Prof. Dr. Joachim von Puttkamer
    Professor of Eastern European History| Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and Co-Director of the Imre Kertész College
  • Wolfgang Tiefensee
    Thuringia Minister for Economics, Science and Digital Society
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Lessenich
    Director of the Institute  for Social Research (Goethe University of Frankfurt), Professor of Social Theory and Social Research
  • Dr. Ulrike Lorenz
    Director of the Klassikstiftung Weimar
  • Dr. Albrecht Schröter
    Former Mayor of the City of Jena
  • Dr. Thomas Oberender
    Former Artistic and Managing Director of the Berliner Festspiele, Author and Curator from Jena
  • Eugen Ermantraut
    Chair | CEO of BLINK AG
  • Dr. Peter Wurschi
    State Representative of the Free State of Thuringia for Processing the SED Dictatorship
  • Prof. Dr. Marion Reiser
    Professor for the Political System in the Federal Republic of Germany | Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
  • Prof. Dr. Torsten Oppelland
    Head of the Field Comparative Governmental Theory and Institute Director | Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
  • Prof. Dr. Christopher Spehr
    Comparative Church History | Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
  • Prof. Dr. Achim Seifert
    Professor of Public Law, German and European Labour Law and Comparative Law | Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
  • Dr. Judith Enders
    Member of the Federal Government Commission “30th Anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German Unity” and Lecturer at Alice-Salomon College, Berlin

Steering Committee

  • Dr. Thomas Nitzsche
    Mayor
  • Christian Gerlitz
    Deputy of Dr. Nitzsche
  • Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal
    Vice-chair
  • Prof. Dr. Kim Siebenhüner
    Deputy of Prof. Dr. Rosenthal