Dr. Eva-Maria Stange

State Minister of Science and the Arts in Saxony, Member of the Board of Trustees

Teacher, born on 15th March 1957 in Mainz, married with three children, lives in Dresden.

Since 1958, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange has been living in the Eastern part of Germany. From 1975 to 1979, she studied at the Dresden Teacher Training College and worked for three years as a graduate teacher for mathematics and physics. In 1982, she returned to the Dresden Teacher Training College where she obtained her doctorate in the Didactics of Physics in 1985. Up to 1989, she was active in teacher education, this was followed by another spell as a teacher up to 1993 – most recently at a Dresden grammar school.

Since the reunification of Germany, she has been active in the Education and Science Workers' (GEW) trades-union. At the end of 1993, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange was elected Chair of the GEW in Saxony. Four years later she assumed the Federal Chair of the GEW and remained in this office up to April 2005. As a member of the Federal Government Education Forum from 1999 to 2001, the native of Dresden was actively involved in the development of recommendations for the educational system in Germany. Up to 2012, she was Federal Chair of the Working Group for Education (AfB) in the SPD, and chairing the Saxon AfB up to 2014.

Since 1998, Eva-Maria Stange has been a member of the SPD. From 2006 to 2009, the education expert was State Minister for Science and the Arts in Saxony's first CDU/SPD Coalition Government. Her predecessor in this office was Barbara Ludwig, who stood in the mayoral election for Chemnitz and has since been municipal leader in the city.

In 2009, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange was elected a member of the State Parliament for the first time, and up to 2014 worked both as deputy floor leader and as spokesperson for educational and cultural policies. Since 2010, she has also been Deputy Chairman of the SPD in Saxony. In addition, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange is actively engaged in voluntary work in many fields, including as Chair of the Dresden Volkssolidarität e.V. Association.