Julia Bohlius and Kerri Clough-Gorr receive their Habilitation


We are delighted to announce the approval of the Habilitation of Jula Bohlius and Kerri Glough-Gorr by the Medical Faculty on 17 December 2014.

Julia and Kerri have been working at the ISPM for several years, contributing to research as well as undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. Julia’s work focuses on cancer in people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, whereas Kerri works in health services research, with a focus on older people. Congratulations, Kerri and Julia!

Introduced in 1816 by Wilhelm von Humboldt at University of Berlin, the ‘venia legendi’ (the right to read) or ‘venia docendi’ (the right to teach) was a new qualification required to teach at a University, which was awarded by the faculties. Habilitation stands for the process of obtaining this qualification. Before then, everybody who had a PhD had the right to lecture at the University on any subject they chose. This led to wide spread dilettantism – unsurprisingly, considering that doctoral degrees in the 18th century had become a commercial commodity.