Prof. Dr. Elmar Weiler, Ruhr-University Bochum: He is emeritus professor and former rector of the Ruhr-University Bochum and member of the Hochschulrat (board of governors) of Osnabrück University. He is author of two excellence proposals of the RUB-Research School which has been approved by the excellence initiative two times. He is highly experienced in organizing PhD education. Furthermore, he is an outstanding expert in biology: he received the most prestigious research award in Germany (“Leibniz-Award”). Thus, he can also advice the Steering Committee concerning questions about the adequate involvement of the empirical researchers.
Prof. Shaun Gallagher, University of Memphis: He is attached to the philosophy department of Ruhr-University Bochum thanks to an Anneliese Maier-Research Award and is thus a regular visitor in Bochum. Furthermore, he is a key figure in the debate about situated cognition with strong expertise in theory of emotion and social understanding but also concerning aspects of perception. He is internationally renowned for his interdisciplinary research combining philosophy and the cognitive sciences.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Grundmann, University of Cologne: He is one of the outstanding philosophers in epistemology in Germany. He is also the president of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy. Since 2006, he annually organizes the internationally well acknowledged Cologne Summer School in Philosophy (CSSIP). Thus, he is intensely concerned with fostering young researchers.
Prof. Dr. Fiona MacPherson, University of Glasgow: She is the head of the department of philosophy and director of research in philosophy. Furthermore, she is director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. She is s a distinguished and internationally well respected expert in theory of perception.