German Advisory Council on the Environment

Council members

Prof. Dr. Claudia Hornberg

Prof. Claudia Hornberg (Chair)

Bielefeld University
Faculty of Health Sciences
Universitätsstr. 25
33615 Bielefeld
Phone: +49 521 106-4366
Fax: +49 521 106-154365

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Claudia Hornberg holds the professorship of Environment and Health at the School of Public Health at the University of Bielefeld since 2001. She is Vice President of the Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Public Health Sciences and since 2012 member of the scientific Committee for Environmental Medicine. The Commission supports the work of the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) and the Federal Environmental Agency through recommendations in the field of environment related health protection. Her focus lies on public health, toxicology and environmental justice. She works on fundamental questions in these fields as well as on environmental medicine issues in research and practice, with a focus on population-based and preventive environmental medicine.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Niekisch

Prof. Manfred Niekisch (Vice Chair)

Luisenstraße 46
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 263696-0

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Manfred Niekisch is professor of International Nature Conservation. From 1998 to 2008 he had the correspondent professorship at the University of Greifswald. He was Director of Frankfurt Zoo from March 2008 to December 2017. He also teaches at both the University of Hanoi (Vietnam) and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Spain). In addition, Manfred Niekisch holds a number of honorary positions, including Vice-President of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and Chairman of the OroVerde Foundation. He is a member of the Administrative Council of the Senckenberg Natural History Society (SNG) and International Advisor to National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration. He is also co-editor of the Journal for Nature Conservation. In his scientific work he focuses on strategies and instruments for the sustainable use of natural resources, especially for the conservation of biodiversity. Geographically, the focus of both his scientific and practical conservation work lies in Europe, Latin America and Vietnam.

Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess

Prof. Christian Calliess

Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Law
Boltzmannstr. 3
14195 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 838-51456
Fax: +49 30 838-53012

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess is Professor of Public Law and European Law at the Freie Universität Berlin since 2008. He was previously Professor at the Universität Göttingen, where he directed the Institute for International and European Law as well as the Institute for Agricultural Law. Professor Calliess’ research focuses primarily on European, constitutional and environmental law. He is co-editor of a commentary on European law and as such comments on European environmental law. His work explores legal issues that arise from the tension between the requirement to implement EU environmental law on the one hand and the latitude for Member States decisions on the other. Recent examples include the setting of flight routes, EU free trade agreements, questions concerning the "Energiewende" (energy transition). His book "Rechtsstaat und Umweltstaat" (Constitutional State and Environmental State) presents an in-depth analysis of the constitutional requirements for the balancing of economic freedom and environmental protection.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

Prof. Claudia Kemfert

German Institute for Economic Research

Mohrenstraße  58
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 89789-663
Fax: +49 30 89789-113

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert is Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the private University "Hertie School of Governance" in Berlin since 2009 and Head of the department Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since April 2004. Her research activities concentrate on the evaluation of climate and energy policy strategies. From 2004 until 2009 she was Professor for environmental economics at Humboldt University Berlin. She got an award from DAAD and was honoured in 2006 as top German Scientist from the German research foundation, Helmholtz and Leibniz Association. She is project manager of diverse research projects about environmental and energy policy strategies, and she is engaged in different networks like the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) at Stanford University.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht

Prof. Wolfgang Lucht

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegrafenberg  A62/1.14
postbox 601203
14412 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-2533

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht is an Earth system scientist and sustainability researcher with an interest in systemic and strategic questions. He is Co-Chair of the Department of "Earth System Analysis" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and "Alexander von Humboldt Chair in Sustainability Science" at the Department of Geography at Humboldt University Berlin. Educated as a physicist and in the USA in Earth observation programmes, the focus of his work is on the biosphere, land use, climate change and strategies for enabling a sustainable future in national and international contexts. He has been Co- and Lead Author of reports of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was appointed several times a member of the National Committee on Global Change Research and the German Research Foundation’s German Committee for Future Earth.

Prof. Dr. Messari-Becker

Prof. Lamia Messari-Becker

University of Siegen
Faculty II – Department of Architecture
Paul-Bonatz-Str. 9-11
57068 Siegen
Phone: +49 271 740-2189

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lamia Messari-Becker is a civil engineer and since 2014 Professor and Director of the Institute of Building Technology and Construction Physics at the University of Siegen. She has been a lecturer at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and at the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, University of Applied Sciences in Gießen. From 2009 to 2014 she has been Head of Sustainability and Building Physics in an international engineering office, where she realized projects for new and existent buildings with different use. Her work focuses on the development and realisation of resource-efficient and sustainable solutions to building and urban development, on energy-efficient refurbishment and on climate protection strategies for communities. Messari-Becker addresses in her work the different scales at which buildings affect our environment (building, neighbourhoods and cities) considering life cycle assessment and holistic approaches. Messari-Becker is a member of the advisory board of the excellence Graduate School of Energy Sciences and Engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt. She is a member of the advisory board of the International Building Exhibition IBA of Thuringia since 2016.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vera Susanne Rotter

Prof. Vera Susanne Rotter

Technische Universität Berlin
Department of Environmental Technology, Circular Economy and Recycling Technology
Strasse des 17. Juni  135
10623 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 314-22619

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr.-Ing.Vera Susanne Rotter is since 2003 professor and head of the group "Solid waste management" at the Technische Universität Berlin. The group changed in 2016 its name to "circular economy and recycling technologies" following a new research profile. Her main research areas are innovative separation technologies and circular economy concepts, product-oriented recycling strategies and producer responsibility, and integration of secondary raw material in value chains. With her team she works in national and international project consortia, addressing the recovery of critical raw materials from electronics, batteries, photovoltaic and vehicles. Further projects address the sustainable management of residual biomass in the Nexus energy – agriculture, and climate change mitigation - soil protection, i.e. in Vietnam und Indonesia.

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