Scientific Advisory Board

The external Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) will consist of four eminent international scientists in the fields of ecology and evolution. The Member of the SAB are appointed for a period of two years with the possibility of an additional term of two years.

The external SAB will advise the Directorate in all management aspects and provide feedback to quality control, support of collaborative interactions and decision-making processes. The SAB shall oversee its performance in terms of providing high quality of training of the next generation of scientists. Members of the SAB should meet the faculty and the PhD students and their representatives once a year, preferably by on-site visits. These annual meetings will be scheduled over two days to allow efficient interactions with the members of the VDSEE and within the members of the SAB. At the end of the second day, a draft of a brief report should be delivered to the steering committee of the VDSEE.

The SAB members for the first 2 years (2021-2023) are:


  • Prof. Marianne Holmer, PhD, Director of the Danish Institute for Advanced  Studies
    Affiliation: University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius, Professor of Theoretical Ecology, Mathematical Modelling, Complex Systems
    Affiliation: Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), University of Oldenburg, Germany

Evolution/Evolutionary Development/Population Genetics

  • Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gompel, Chair of Evolutionary Ecology
    Affiliation: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  • Prof. Pauline Schaap FRSE FRSB, Professor of Development Signalling
    Affiliation: Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Dundee, UK