The University Council is the leading body of the University and its members stay in office for four years.
President Prof. Ulrike Tappeiner, who comes from Montan, studied biology and computer science at the University of Innsbruck and she qualified as full university professor in ecology in 1996. She has headed the Eurac Institute for Alpine Environment since 1995. From 2012 to 2018, she was Dean of the Faculty of Biology at the Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, before being appointed President of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Prof. Ulrike Tappeiner's research focuses on biodiversity research, climate change and ecosystem services. She also conducts inter- and transdisciplinary research on social-ecological systems in mountain areas. In all these fields she has coordinated numerous international research projects and published more than 270 international publications and 25 books. She has been awarded several scientific prizes, including the Science Prize of the Südtiroler Sparkasse Foundation in 2019 for her complete scientific work and the "Research Award Südtirol" in 2020. She has been President of the Free University of Bolzano since 2018.
Prof. Ulrike Tappeiner was appointed President with Resolution of the University Council nr. 14 of 18/02/2022.
The lawyer and departmental director for Italian culture, environment and energy of the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano Dott. Antonio Lampis in 2022 has been appointed by the provincial government as a member of the University Council. From 2017 to 2020, the Bolzano native was General Director for Museums at the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Heritage. The General Director is in charge of more than 450 state museums and the national museum system, which includes more than 4,500 museums of various ownerships. In 2019, the cultural management professional was included in the list of "100 Italian Excellence (100 eccellenze italiane)", an award given by a jury chaired by the Deputy Vice President of the Constitutional Court. The award is under the patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, numerous ministries and business associations.
Dott. Antonio Lampis was appointed Vice President with Resolution of the University Council nr. 20 of 25/03/2022
Prof. Lugli conducts research on nanoelectronics and molecular electronics. After completing his studies in physics at the University of Modena (Italy) in 1979, Prof. Lugli moved to Colorado State University in Fort Collins (USA) where he received a Master of Science in 1982 and a PhD in 1985, both in electrical engineering. In 1985 he started working as an assistant in the Physics Department of the University of Modena (Italy). From 1988 to 1993 he was an associate professor of solid state physics in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Rome II (University of Rome Tor Vergata) where he was appointed professor in 1993. From 2002 until 2016 Prof. Lugli has held the Chair of Nanoelectronics at the Technische Universität München. He's the author of more than 350 scientific papers and since 2011 he's been a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (AcaTech) and a fellow of IEEE.
Dott. André Comploi, born in 1982, comes from St. Vigil in Enneberg and now lives and works in Milan. He completed his studies in musicology and theatre studies at the University of Vienna and in sacred music at the Vienna Conservatory, all with distinction. From 2006 he worked full-time at the Vienna State Opera, from 2010 to 2020 in the position of press officer. On 1 March 2020, he moved to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Artistic Coordinator. Dott. André Comploi holds teaching positions at the universities of Vienna and Bolzano, has published several publications on music and theatre in Ladin, directs numerous music and theatre projects and is a jury member at international music competitions. Since 2022 he has been a member of the artistic-scientific advisory board of the Busoni-Mahler Foundation and a member of the University Council of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
Dott. Harald Oberrauch heads the Brixen-based companies Durst Phototechnik and Alupress as President of the management board. After studying business administration in Bologna, he studied at the London Business School and the London School of Economics. In 2014, he founded TBA-Tyrolean Business Angel GmbH, his start-up investment vehicle, as Executive Director. In 2018, he co-founded tban-Tyrolean Business Angel Network, a platform that supports early-stage technology-based start-ups. In 2019, he co-founded CovisionLab, a consortium of seven South Tyrolean technology companies. In 2021, he founded adddam, company dealing with 3D printing. Since 2018, Dott. Harald Oberrauch has been a member of the University Council of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. As Vice President of the South Tyrolean Entrepreneurs' Association, he is in charge of the university and internationalisation agendas.
Born in Bruneck in 1958, Prof. Alexander Steinkasserer studied biology at the University of Innsbruck. From 1986 to 1989 he worked as a postdoc at the Institute of Immunology at the University of Munich, and from 1989 to 1993 as a Research Fellow at the Biochemistry Institute at the University of Oxford. From 1993 to 1996 he worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Novartis and Baxter in Vienna, and from 1997 to 1998 as head of department at the Immunological Day Clinic in Vienna. Since 1998, Alexander Steinkasserer has been a professor at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and heads the Department of Immunomodulation at the University Hospital Erlangen. He was awarded the Futura Foundation's sponsorship prize for South Tyroleans abroad, among other prizes. Prof. Alexander Steinkasserer has been a member of the University Council of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano since 2018.
Günther Mathà was a member of the founding team of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, has been its Managing Director since 2012 and has been an advisory member of the University Council since then. A journalist by training, he holds a Master's degree in philosophy and training in higher education management from the University of Fribourg/Switzerland, the London Business School and an IDM-C in global management from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Dott. Luis Durnwalder is since 2002 Honorary President of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.