Dr. Annette Schmidtmann studied Biology at the University of Cologne from 1978 – 1984 with special emphasis on Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
She performed her diploma – during which her 1st child was born – at the University of Essen, Institute of Molecular Biology, in 1986. Her doctoral thesis on oncogenic proteins of Adenoviruses at the same institute was finished in 1990, including a maternal leave due to the birth of her 2nd child. After a one year PostDoc, she started working at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as a Program Officer in the Life Sciences’ Division in November 1991. During a parental leave 1995-1999 due to the birth of her 3rd child she worked as a research manager at the University of Hildesheim (1996-1997) and later at the Bureau of the Ethics’ Commission of the Medical Faculty of the University of Göttingen (1997-1998).
Having returned to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in October 1998, she took over the coordination of DFG’s activities in Clinical Research as Program Director in 2000 and was in charge of the new program “Clinical Trials” which was launched together with the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Since 2006 she is head of the division”Research Careers, Research Training Groups, Graduate Schools” at the Bonn office of the DFG.