Professor of Technology Didactics and Environmental Education, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle
Elke Hartmann, born in 1943 in Rathenow/Havel, Germany, graduated from high school with a completed vocational training as a chemical-fibre craftsman. After teaching studies in Chemistry and Polytechnics, she completed three years of professional practice at an Extended Secondary School, a Polytechnical Secondary School as well as a Technical College. In 1972, Prof. Hartmann began her scientific career in teacher training at the Department of Polytechnics of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. She earned her PhD in 1979 and habilitated in 1986 in the field of General Technology.
In 1992, as part of the university’s restructuring, Prof. Hartmann was offered the professorship for Technical Didactics and Environmental Education. In this capacity she was responsible for teacher training in the subject of Technology at high schools and secondary schools. Upon becoming an emeritus professor in 2010, Prof. Hartmann initiated the founding of the SalineTechnikum, an extracurricular learning environment for technical education at the Technical Hallors and Saline Museum Halle, which she has been heading in an honorary capacity since.
Besides her activities as a university professor, Elke Hartmann has accepted multiple honorary appointments at The Association of German Engineers (VDI), The German Federal Environmental Competition (BundesUmweltWettbewerb) and at scientific organizations such as The European Society for Technical Education (Europäische Gesellschaft für Technische Bildung – EGTB). In addition, she is involved in various cross-regional “MINT” projects (Mathematics, Information Technology, Natural Sciences, Technology) such as Research on Young Talent in Science of Technology (Nachwuchsbarometer Technikwissenschaften – NaBaTech), the Nano Orientation Academy (Nano-Orientierungs-Akademie – NOrA), Projections of Nature for Schools (Projektionen der Natur für Schulen – PRONAS) and the Future Orientation Academy for MINT-Interested Students (Zukunfts-Orientierungs-Akademie – helpING).