Beginning in March 2019, the association keeps an office with employees in part-time.
In the beginning, Flussbad only worked with volunteers. In summer 2014, a first employee could be engaged working for the association. With the increasing challenges and due to the funding by the programme "National Urban Development Projects" an office with eight employees has been installed. Since March 2019, we had to reduce our work and continue working part time on the association's goals to realise the project Flussbad Berlin.
Lisa Maja Bannert ~ Education and Participation
Lisa Maja is responsible for education and participation at Flussbad Berlin since April 2019. In this position she accounts for educational mediation formats as well as the participation of the urban society in the project. In addition, coordinating our volunteers and and networking with other initiatives are part of her area of responsibility. And working with urban water is not new to her: Working as a research assistant, she has been involved in a research project on the acceptance of semi-natural rainwater management in urban areas. The interdisciplinary discussion of topics at the intersection of the environment and society characterises her academic education. Lisa completed her Bachelor in Sociology in Dresden with a Master in Geography in Freiburg.
Susanne Bernstein ~ Treasurer
Susanne works for Flussbad Berlin since February 2015 and is the new treasurer of the Flussbad Berlin Association since March 2020. In this position she is responsible for all financial and administrative processes for the project and the Association itself. Prior to that, she was a project administrator at a number of different art and cultural institutions and projects, including the transmediale, the Berlin Art Week and the citywide project for the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. As part of her activities over the past several years, she was involved in a number of application processes at several foundations and sponsors. For example, she was in charge of the 30-month EU project known as "Digitising Contemporary Art". After her Bachelor studies in Romance Languages (French, Spanish) in Freiburg, she completed her studies with a Master degree in Cultural Management and Cultural Tourism in Frankfurt (Oder).
Lisa Blum ~ Events and Planning (on parental leave)
Lisa studied Cultural Management at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences (FHP) and gained experience working on a number of projects at various art and cultural institutions in Germany and abroad. Her enthusiasm for cities and their development led her to complete a Masters Degree in Urban Design at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU) in 2018. In the summer of 2014, while still completing her studies, Lisa started working at Flussbad Berlin. Today, she knows our office from top to bottom – she started out as a coordinator and she's been responsible for the organisation of various Flussbad events since spring 2015 and supports the association to advance the planning process.
Jan Edler ~ Executive Board
Jan is the co-creator of the Flussbad project (1998). He is also a founding member and the chairman of the management board of the Flussbad Berlin Association. He studied architecture at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen and at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Starting in 1997, Jan began working with his brother, Tim, on numerous projects at the interface between art and architecture – initially as part of Kunst und Technik, a trans-disciplinary artists' group co-founded by the Edler brothers and, since 2000, as part of realities:united, studio for art and architecture. Jan has been a member of the artistic advisory board at the Transmediale Festival for Media Art and Digital Culture from 2010 to the middle of 2018. In 2014, he was a fellow at the German Academy in Rome, Villa Massimo.
Tim Edler ~ Project Author and Planning
Tim is the creative mind behind the original idea for the Flussbad (1998). He is also a founding member of the Flussbad Association as well as the person in charge of the project's ongoing development. Tim studied architecture and computer science at Berlin's Technische Universität and was a guest professor at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen from 2005 to 2008. Starting in 1997, he began working with his brother, Jan, on numerous projects at the interface between art and architecture – initially as part of Kunst und Technik, a trans-disciplinary artists' group co-founded by the Edler brothers and, since 2000, as part of realities:united, studio for art and architecture.
Dana Giesecke ~ Press and Public Relations
Dana is looking to establish conceptual, communicative and editorial connections and synergies between Flussbad Berlin and the FUTURZWEI foundation, of which she is the Executive Director. Dana is also a cultural correspondent for tazFUTURZWEI. Magazine for Future and Politics. Previously to founding the FUTURZWEI foundation in 2012, she studied sociology, communication and art studies (diploma, Dresden University of Technology) and science communication and marketing (M.Sc., Berlin University of Technology), and she was Head of Operations of the German Sociology Association’s administrative office at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Essen until 2011.
Friederike Oswald ~ Volunteer in the Environmental Sector
Friederike is fresh at Flussbad Berlin as the Environmental Volunteer since September 2019. Recently moved to Berlin after her A-levels at the Hegel-Gymnasium in Magdeburg, she now sets about to become acquainted with the various levels of everyday working life at Flussbad Berlin.
Due to attending a bilingual class for 8 years, she is characterized by corresponding vocabulary and understanding of the English language. Hence, she wants to use her knowledge to support the translation of river bath content and global research and to broaden her horizons in terms of politics, ecology, communication and other issues.
Viviann Remmel ~ Events and Planning
Viviann has been working at Flussbad Berlin e.V. since June 2019. She studied architecture and urban planning in Stuttgart and deepened her interests in participatory urban projects during her international master’s degree in integrative urbanism and sustainable design at the University of Stuttgart.
As a student in Stuttgart, she was part of a university initiative that has set itself the goal of integrating the Neckar river in different ways into the city.
Viviann was responsible for the organisation and coordination of the Flussbad Garden in 2019 and is currently replacing Lisa Blum, who is on maternity leave.
Heike Witte ~ Membership Administration
Heike started working for Flussbad Berlin e.V. in January 2020. After completing a commercial apprenticeship, she worked as a freelancer in the areas of organisation, communication and sales, as well as in project and personnel management.
As a volunteer head of the swimming department for the Turnverein Waidmannslust e.V. and passionate swimming trainer, she feels a special connection to the project, because she knows very well how scarce the water areas in Berlin are for swimmers.
Heike is responsible for all matters relating to member administration and is the first point of contact for all questions regarding the membership in our association.