Professor Christine Peter

As Vice Rector for Sustainability, Information and Communication Technology, Christine Peter is responsible for sustainable development at the University of Konstanz. She is also Chief Information Officer (CIO) and leads strategic planing, controlling and coordination in the area of information and communication technology for research, teaching and administration at the university.

She is supported by the Rectorate’s staff units and the corresponding university facilities (especially KIM). Christine Peter chairs the Senate’s Committee on Communication and Information (AKI). She mediates between user requirements and technological capabilities and limits, coordinates the implementation of measures for realizing, further developing and assuring the quality of reliable, safe, efficient, transparent and resource-conserving services and work processes within and between the university units.

The vice rector also serves as the primary contact for the Information Security Officer (ISB/CISO) within the Rectorate, for Legal Affairs and for the Data Protection Officer (DSB). Furthermore, in coordination with the entire Rectorate, she represents the university internally (and externally when necessary) in regard to matters pertaining to information and communications technology (ICT).

Short bio
Professor Christine Peter has been professor of theoretical chemistry at the University of Konstanz since 2013. Her research focusses on the computer simulation of biomolecular systems. Christine Peter was the dean of studies in the Department of Chemistry from 2014 to 2021. She was a member of several interdisciplinary research networks linking the fields of chemistry, biology and physics. From 2016 to 2021, she was a speaker of the Integrated Research Training Group "Chemistry and physics of nanostructured multi-component systems" in the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1214. She has been a member of the Scientific Council at the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (Helmholtz Association) since 2014 and its spokesperson since 2024.

Before coming to Konstanz, Christine Peter earned her doctorate at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2003, was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland (USA) and worked as a postdoctoral researcher and Emmy Noether junior research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz (Germany) from 2005 to 2013.