Prof. Dr. Holger Burckhart

Holger Burckhart received his doctorate in 1985 at the University of Cologne. His habilitation on Discourse Ethics – Discourse Anthropology – Discourse Pedagogy took place in 1997. He has been a member of the Management Board since 2007 and, since May 2008, Chairman of the Board of AQAS. Since October 2009 he is rector of the University of Siegen. His research interests are in practical philosophy, especially in the general philosophy of science, transcendental philosophy, language philosophy and the philosophical foundations of pedagogy, taking into account special educational issues. Holger Burckhart is a board member of the Hans Jonas Zentrum in Berlin and co-editor of the critical Hans Jonas Werkausgabe. As a guest lecturer, he taught at the University of Bergen in Norway and at various Japanese (Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka) and Chinese (Beijing, Jinan, Shanghai, Hong Kong) universities.

Prof. Dr. Michael Bongardt

Michael Bongardt, born in 1959, is a philosopher and Catholic theologian. In the years 2000 to 2016 he was a professor and member of the Institute of Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. Since April 2016 he is Professor and Vice Rector for Studies, Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of Siegen. His research interests include the interface of the areas of philosophy, theology and social sciences, in particular the works of S. Kierkegaard, E. Cassirer, H. Jonas and J. Habermas are considered. Michael Bongardt is one of the main editors of the Critical Complete Edition of the works of Hans Jonas (13 volumes).

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Nielsen-Sikora

Jürgen Nielsen-Sikora studied philosophy, pedagogy, history and psychology at the University of Cologne and Free University Berlin from 1995 to 1999 and graduated as a qualified pedagogue. In 2002 he received his doctorate in philosophy from Holger Burckhart. From 2000 to 2002 he was a scholarship holder of the Graduate Fund of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. From 2000 to 2003 he was a research assistant at the University of Cologne, followed by a research associate at the Department of Didactics of the History and History of European Integration; In 2009 he became Academic Council there. Since his habilitation in 2011 with Michael Gehler at the University of Hildesheim, he is a Privatdozent. In 2012 he moved to the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. In the Department of Scientific Services / Archive for Christian Democratic Politics, he headed the Department of Contemporary History there. In December 2014, he moved to the University of Siegen and is working there at the Chair of Philosophy of Education.

Nielsen-Sikora has been honored several times by the Junge Akademie at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences as well as the Salzburger Hochschulwochen.


 Petr Frantik

Petr Frantik graduated in Special Education (1st State Exam) at the University of Cologne in 2005. Between 2005 and 2009 he worked as a teacher for pupils with the main focus on learning (acquisition of the 2nd state examination 2007). In addition, he conceived and implemented a project at selected special schools that supported school leavers in completing their education. Since 2009 he is a lecturer at the University of Cologne. His main topics are intercultural didactics and ethics in the rehabilitation sciences. In 2013 he worked as a research associate in the research project The Conditions of Inclusive Teaching (University of Cologne & TU Dresden). In his dissertation he is currently investigating didactic methods for the promotion of ethical reasoning skills and intercultural competences in schoolchildren.



Prof. Dr. John-Stewart Gordon

John-Stewart Gordon earned his MA in philosophy and history in Konstanz and was awarded a doctorate in 2005 at the University of Göttingen in philosophy. He was Adjunct Assistant Professor (2009) and Visiting Professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada (2009-10) and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania (2012-2015). Since 2010 he has been a W1 Professor of Anthropology and Ethics in Rehabilitation Sciences, with particular emphasis on people with disabilities, and a professor of philosophy at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania (since 2015). He was co-director of the Hans-Jonas Institute at the University of Siegen (2010-2016), also a member of the scientific advisory board of the journal Bioethics and was section head for bioethics (2007-2014) and deputy section leader for ethics (2010-2014) in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. John-Stewart Gordon is author and publisher of numerous books in the field of Practical Philosophy and publishes in leading international journals, anthologies and encyclopaedias such as. Bioethics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Oxford Bibliographies Online Philosophy. He taught at the University of Tübingen, the Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Cologne (Germany) as well as at the Queen’s University Kingston (Canada) and the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania).