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Hans Joachim Schellnhuber


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Hans Joachim Schellnhuber founded the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 1991 and has been its director ever since. He holds a chair in theoretical physics at Potsdam University and is an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute (USA). Between 2001 and 2005 he also served as Research Director of the Tyndall Centre in the UK and became a visiting professor at Oxford University thereafter. 
Schellnhuber is currently Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Governing Board Chair of the Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Chair of the standing committee on Climate, Energy and Environment of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He is an elected member of Leopoldina, Academia Europaea, the American National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Max Planck Society and several other academies. 

He received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, the German Environment Prize and the Volvo Environment Prize, was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Merit of Brandenburg, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Copenhagen, and the Technical University Berlin. Schellnhuber has been a long-standing member of the IPCC. He served as chief government advisor on climate and related issues during the German G8/EU twin presidency in 2007, and as a principal advisor to the European Commission President Barroso for several years. He is a member of numerous national and international panels addressing scientific strategies and sustainability issues.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany