Barbara Schmiedtová (Czech, Russian, Polish) leads the Aspect-WG and researches the role the grammatical aspect in event coding in various first and second languages for her habilitation. In addition, she is attempting to create a new aspect typology of the Slavic languages based on actual usage of native speakers.


Valentina Mozharova (Russian) transferred after receiving her Bachelor's degree in German Studies from Russia to the University of Heidelberg and studied education and linguistics at the IDF. Since September 2009 she is working on her dissertation at the IDF. She received a scholarship from the FAZIT-STIFTUNG. Her research interests include bilingualism, neuropsychology and memory.


Sylwia Obrebska (Polish) received her Master's degree from the University of Heidelberg in linguistics, education and psychology and has begun working on her dissertation at the IDF. She is researching the grammatic realization of concepts of completion in Polish and in German. Her many years of experience as foreign language teacher enable her to take a practical point of view in her research.


Magdalena Ollik (Polish) started her Ph. D at the IDF in Heidelberg in 2009 after receiving her Master's degree in German linguistics, English studies and Polish studies from Humboldt University in Berlin. Her work as an instructor for the DaF awoke her interest in psycholinguistic basic research. In her dissertation she will research the conceptualization patterns in verbalization of single events in German and Polish.


Kalina Ougrinova (Bulgarian) received the IDF prize for outstanding Master's thesis in the area of linguistics in 2007. Following her maternity leave, she began her dissertation on the different stages of acquisition for Bulgarian learners of German in 2009. She is working as DaF instructor.


Elena Petrosyan (Russian) decided in 2008 to start her dissertation in the area of psycholinguistics at the IDF after concluding her studies in linguistics and translation in Russia. In her doctoral work, she is researching the development of the narrative competence of German and Russian children.