DR. CHRISTIAN MARQUARDT
Scientific Advisory Committee Member for Motor Skills at the Schreibmotorik Institut
Motor skills and handwriting expert, he has been researching the basic motor skills of writing for more than 20 years. He did his doctorate at the Faculty for Medical Psychology at the LMU Munich, focusing on kinematic movement analysis. He has been a member of the clinical neuropsychology development team at the Munich-Bogenhausen hospital since 1990. Together with his team, he developed the CSWin computer program that analyses the motor skills used when writing. In addition, he has developed various other systems for movement analysis and diagnostic programmes in neuropsychology. In 2003, he founded the Science and Motion company that analyses movements when playing golf.
PROF. DR.-Ing. RALPH BRUDER
Scientific Advisory Committee Member for Ergonomics at the Schreibmotorik Institut
Full-time vice president of the Darmstadt University of Technology and Director of the Institute of Ergonomics (IAD) in Darmstadt. He studied electrical engineering at the (then) Darmstadt University of Technology and, from 1988 to 1996, was a research fellow at the Institute of Ergonomics at Darmstadt University of Technology. He did his doctorate at the IAD in 1992 and wrote his dissertation on the application of artificial intelligence in ergonomics. From 1996 to 2005, he was university professor of design ergonomics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Director of the Institute of Ergonomics and Design Research, which he founded in 2002. From 2003 to 2006, he was President and Managing Director of the Zollverein School of Management and Design. Since 2006, he has been university professor of ergonomics and Director of the high-profile Institute of Ergonomics at Darmstadt University of Technology. Professor Bruder is President of the Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft (German Ergonomics Society) and, since October, has been Scientific Director of the Ingenium – Young Researchers.
Scientific Advisory Committee Member for Methodological and Didactic Concepts of Written Language Acquisition at the Schreibmotorik Institut
He led an academic seminar in Landshut focusing on teaching people with speech and language impediments. For many years, he worked at the State Institute for School Pedagogy and Education Research (ISB) in Munich. As an author of school textbooks (including the Simsalabim dictionary and Abracadabra with materials for the acquisition of writing and language skills), he has developed a course for writing in unjoined printed characters, particularly for use with the initial sound table, and published specialist articles on graphomotor skills. Completion of innovative software for the targeted observation and promotion of pupils’ learning progress.