Aktivisten gegen die Schließung der Informationswissenschaften in Düsseldorf geben auf
Von Katrin Weller erhielt wir heute folgende Mitteilung. Die Bemühungen um die Rettung der Informationswissenschaften an der Heinrich Heine Universität zu Düsseldorf finden damit ein Ende.
"Dear colleagues, friends and supporters of Düsseldorf’s Information Science department,
our last hope has remained unfulfilled: an appointment with the university president, the university chancellor, and the dean of the faculty of philosophy revealed that the decision of closing the Düsseldorf Information Science department is set and will not be revised. The department and its branch of study will phase out after Professor Wolf Stock’s retirement in 2019.
As during the faculty council meeting in February, during the last meeting with university representatives in March it was not possible to have an open and unbiased discussion about maintaining the Information Science department. University president, chancellor, and the dean were not willing to listen to the arguments we provided. Although we had hoped that the meeting could lead to constructive discussions about the future of information science at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, we were merely presented with a fait accompli.
However, we have not been officially informed about the definite closure yet. Given the tone of the meeting we have to expect that the university president has determined the discussion accordingly.
All of us are very disappointed and sad about the outcome and that our and your engagement has not led to a more positive result. Neither the petition with more than 2,000 signatures nor the more than 70 letters of support were considered as arguments for the future of information science and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.
Nevertheless, we would like to thank you for taking the time to support our protest. We are grateful to be part of a strong international community that feels responsible and is willing to fight for the field. Please let us keep that spirit alive and prove the University of Düsseldorf wrong by maintaining an active an successful community of information science researchers and teachers!
Thank you again for supporting us by sending passionate letters, spreading the word online and offline, signing the petition, and by much more.
Isabella, Stefanie, Violeta, Jasmin, Katrin, and Dirk
Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters (ZBW Leibniz Information Center for Economics)
Dr. Stefanie Haustein (Université de Montréal)
Prof. Dr. Dirk Lewandowski (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences)
Dr. Violeta Trkulja (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Dr. Jasmin Schmitz (ZB MED Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences)
Dr. Katrin Weller (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) "