Dr. Anne Caplan

Scientific Advisor Research Coordination Universities (North Rhine-Westphalia) - HumboldtN

Anne Caplan
Tel.:+49 202 2492-271

Education and Academic Training

  • 2015: Dr. phil. Institute for Art and Design Research, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen. "Sentimental Urbanity. The creative production of Heimat"
  • 2008: Diploma in Communication Design, Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. "Le Musée Sentimental Urbain"
  • 2000 - 2003: Training state-certified Design Assistant

Professional Experience

  • Since 06/2023: Wuppertal Institute, Scientific Advisor Research Coordination Universities NRW - HumboldtN
  • Since 06/2023: Head of the Office of HumboldtN
  • 2020 - 2023: Consultant, Division of Higher Education Planning, Ministry of Culture and Science, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2020: Personal referent of Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke as co-chair at the Science Platform Sustainability
  • 2019 - 2020: Researcher, Wuppertal Institute, Department of Sustainable Production and Consumption, Research Unit Innovation Laboratories
  • 2015 - 2018: Manager, BMBF Research Network "The flow of things or private property? A house and its objects between family life, resource management and museum", Institute for Cultural Anthropology/ European Ethnology, University of Münster
  • 2008 - 2014: Research Assistant, Department of Design, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen
  • 2006: Trainee Peter-Schmidt-Group, Munich

Professional Experience

  • Scientific political advice, University politics
  • University cooperations
  • Science Communication


  • 2019: Master Design Futures, Project seminar on sustainable travel, Folkwang University of the Arts
  • 2016 - 2017: Master Cultural Anthropology, University of Münster, Project Seminars on Carport - Connection of Individual Mobility and Single-Family House
  • 2009 - 2015: Bachelor Industrial Design and Folkwang Graduate Program, various basic modules and project seminars, Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Awards: 2018 Gregor Calender Award, Silver / 2014 Funding Award "War Was? Heimat im Ruhrgebiet", Forum Geschichtskultur


  • Representations of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia:
    • 2020 - 2023 Shareholders' meeting of the German Centre for higher Education Research and Science Studies GmbH
    • 2020 - 2023 Members meeting of the HIS-Institute for Higher Education Development
  • Committee work at the Folkwang University of the Arts:
    • 2012 - 2014, Advisory Board Institute for Lifelong Learning, Folkwang University of the Arts
    • Representation of the academic mid-level staff in the Departmental Council for Design of the Folkwang University of the Arts for two election periods


  • 2016 Reviewer for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde, Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, Issue 1/2016, 112. edition

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