Professor Klaus Tochtermann is the Director of Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) and Professor of Media Informatics of University of Kiel in Germany. Klaus Tochtermann studied Computer Science at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (Germany) and at Dortmund University (Germany). From 1991 to 1996 Klaus Tochtermann worked as a scientist at the Chair of Informatics 1 at the University of Dortmund. He passed his Dr. degree in the field of formal models for hypermedia and Internet-based services with high distinction in 1995, and received a scholarship of the Max-Kade Foundation, Inc. USA and spent his post-doc at the Center for the Studies of Digital Libraries at the A&M University in Texas (USA) in 1996.
He was deputy head of department for Environmental Information Systems at the FAW Ulm in Germany from 1997 to 2000 and has been the director of Austria’s first industry-based research institute on knowledge management Know-Center since October 2000. In 2004 he was appointed as professor for knowledge management at Graz University of Technology. Since 2010 Klaus Tochtermann has been director of the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and professor for media informatics at Kiel University. The current research of Klaus Tochtermann includes Science 2.0 and Social Media and Semantic Technologies. Klaus Tochtermann supervised more than 25 PhD thesis and published more than 230 peer-reviewed papers. He serves as expert in several advisory boards of German and European research bodies.