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List of contacts

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Phone: +49 (0)221 478-5685

Cologne Site

Medicine and Health

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Straße 60
50931 Cologne (Köln)

Bonn Site

Nutritional, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 4
53115 Bonn




An infrastructure and research centre for data and information in the life sciences.

Prof. Dr. Ursula Arning

Head of Open Science

Key tasks and activities

  • Open Access
  • Publication
  • Consulting
  • Staff management


After finishing her degree in Library and Information Science in Stuttgart, Ursula Arning went on to complete a Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Bielefeld. Professor Arning was born and raised in Argentina, which she describes as her second home. Having completed her studies, she returned to Argentina and joined the Goethe Institute in Córdoba as Director of the Information Centre. Professor Arning subsequently completed a postgraduate degree at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Cultures at Justus Liebig University Giessen. She went on to hold various positions in the fields of higher education and research, including working as a lecturer at the Bavarian Academic Center for Latin America and at the universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Giessen. In 2013, she joined ZB MED, where she established the Open Science group and steadily expanded it. On 1 January 2020, Professor Arning was appointed to a W2 Professorship in Open Access and Management of Digital Resources at the Faculty of Information Science and Communication Studies at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences. She has made it her personal and professional mission to promote open access and the free, worldwide dissemination and sharing of scientific knowledge.

Professional bodies and associations

  • Member of the Academic and Research Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • Member of the Library Publishing Special Interest Group of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 
  • Board member of the German Initiative for Network Information (DINI) and active participant in the Electronic Publishing working group
  • Member of working group openness from
  • Board member of the ZBIW, a centre that provides training and development for employees of libraries and other information institution
  • Member of the Sounding Board of "AG Universitätsverlage"