Dirk Kerzel studied psychology and linguistics at Bielefeld University and received his doctorate at Munich University, where he also acquired his "Habilitation". After working for the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, he took up a position as a scientific assistant at the Department of General Psychology at Gieen University in 2002 and was admitted to the DFG's Heisenberg Programme in the same year. (http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de/dk/home.htm)
Dr. Daniel Schwemer (33), Institute for Oriental Philology, University of Wrzburg
Daniel Schwemer, a scholar of Ancient Oriental Studies, examined the world of the gods in his doctoral thesis, specialising in the thunderstorm and weather gods of Mesopotamia and Northern Syria. Approaching this complex world of myths, theology and cult required a comprehensive literary and iconographical survey of a wide variety of sources from a cultural history covering more than three thousand years. Daniel Schwemer not only translated cuneiform script records from the Assyrian and Babylonian languages, but he also worked with Sumerian, Hittite, Aramaic and Hebrew sources. In contrast with past representations of gods in ancient Oriental studies, Daniel Schwemer oriented his work on religious history. He thus succeeded in reconstructing entire cult concepts in connection with the weather gods without losing touch with the religious history developments and influences that were involved when concepts were adopted by one geographical region from another.