Ute Harms

Prof. Dr. | Biology Education

ORCID: 0000-0001-6284-9219

Prof. Dr. Ute Harms

LocationOlshausenstr. 62, 24118 Kiel, Room 110



Recent publications at the IPN


Research topics

  • Promoting and teaching core concepts in science
  • Biology teacher preparation
  • Development, application and impact of digital tools in biology education and in biology teacher training
  • Education for sustainability at elementary level
  • Extracurricular promotion of knowledge in science


2007 - presentHead of Department Biology Education, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education and Full Professor of Biology Eduation, Kiel University


2011 - 2013Guest professor, ISV-Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University (Sweden)
2006 - 2007Chair (W3) for Biology Education, University of Bremen
2005 - 2006Founding Director of the Teacher Education Centre, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2004 - 2006Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2000 - 2006Professor (C3) for Biology Education, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2000Offer of a Chair for Biology Education, Georg-August-University Göttingen (declined)
1999 - 2000Research Scientist, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Department Biology Education
1995 - 1999Research Scientist, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Department Biology Education, and Biology Teacher, Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Kiel
1993Visiting Research Scientist, Institut de la Recherche Argonomique (INRA), Clermont-Ferrand (France)
1993 - 1995Student Teacher, Studienseminar Stade (Lower Saxony)
1990 - 1993Research Scientist, Kiel University, Botanical Institute


1995Second State Examination in Biology and German, Stade
1993Doctorate in Botany/Cell Biology, Kiel University
1989First State Examination in Biology and German Language and Literature, Kiel University
1982 - 1989Studies in Biology, German Language and Literature, Philosophy and Pedagogy, Kiel University