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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

14.10.2020Press release: 152/2020

Three previous and six new members of the German Advisory Council on Global Change

At the suggestion of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek, the Federal Cabinet today approved the appointment of the new members of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) for the eighth term of office. The appointment is valid from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2024. The three previous advisory board members Sabine Schlacke, Karen Pittel and Markus Fischer were confirmed and six new members were appointed: Alexander Bassen, Jörg Drewes, Sabine Gabrysch, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Hans -Otto Pörtner and Anke Weidenkaff. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. If we want our world as we know it to be preserved for future generations, we must act now. Science and research are of crucial importance here. In this way, fact-based political decisions can be made on the basis of scientific data such as those collected by the historical MOSAIC expedition. The basis for this is the successful transfer of scientific knowledge to politics, society and the economy. With its analyzes and the identification of open research questions, the WBGU makes an important contribution to this. “Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze:” It is important that we draw international lessons from the current crisis for a crisis-proof and sustainable development of the economy and society, and that we have competent Build interdisciplinary perspectives with innovative contributions. The reports and analyzes of the WBGU on global change repeatedly provide valuable information and information. Because one thing becomes very clear again in the face of this crisis: The protection of the climate, the environment and biodiversity – ecologically, in solidarity and in a clever way – makes a very significant contribution to economic recovery from the crisis and to social cohesion worldwide. ” Previous Chair Sabine Schlacke, Professor of Public Law and Managing Director at the Institute for Environmental and Planning Law at the University of Münster, and Karen Pittel, Professor for Economics at the University of Munich and Director of the Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources at the Ifo Institute, and Markus Fischer, Professor of Plant Ecology and Vice Director at the Institute for Plant Sciences and Director of the Botanical Garden at the University of Bern. Alexander Bassen, Professor of Capital Markets and Corporate Management at the Faculty of Economics d Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg, Jörg Drewes, Professor of Urban Water Management at the Technical University of Munich, Sabine Gabrysch, Professor of Climate Change and Health at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Professor of Global Sustainable Development at the University of Bonn and Director of German Institute for Development Policy (DIE), Hans-Otto Pörtner, Head of the Department of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute and Cooperation Professor in the Department of Biology / Chemistry at the University of Bremen, and Anke Weidenkaff, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Recyclable Materials and Resource Strategy IWKS and professor for materials and resources at the TU Darmstadt.The two ministers thank the members of the previous advisory board for their dedicated work and valuable analyzes, in particular the fundamental work on the topic of opportunities and risks of digitization for sustainable development . In just under three weeks, the advisory board in its previous formation will hand over another report on the focus on global land use to the federal government. The WBGU was set up in 1992 in the run-up to the UN conference in Rio as an independent scientific advisory body to the federal government with the task of providing political advice on global change to perform, ie To analyze global environmental and development problems and their consequences and to develop recommendations for action and research for the Federal Government. The up to nine members of the WBGU are appointed for four years and are personalities who have special knowledge and experience with regard to the above-mentioned tasks of the advisory board. They are experts from science with very different qualification profiles such as economics, natural and social sciences, and environmental law.

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