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Members (2019-2021)

The DKN is an interdisciplinary committee of nine renowned scientists from research institutions, science organizations and universities, who are being appointed ad personam by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a three-year term. They deal with topics and methods of sustainability research. They provide expertise from various subject areas relevant to Future Earth and WCRP and are responsible for the strategic orientation and the activities of the DKN.

Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob

DKN Daniela Jacob

Chair
Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob heads the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) in Hamburg, an institution of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, and is visiting professor at the Faculty of Sustainability of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. She is member of the European Commission’s Mission Board on "Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation" and was one of the coordinating lead authors of the IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels. Her work focuses on regional climate modelling and adaptation to climate change.
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörn Birkmann

Jörn Birkmann

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörn Birkmann is head of the Institute of Regional Planning and Development Planning at the University of Stuttgart and Professor of Spatial Development and Environmental Planning. In addition to questions of spatial planning and spatial governance, his research focuses in particular on vulnerability and risk research in the context of natural hazards and climate change. He is also active in the field of monitoring spatial development trends, scenario research and indicator development.
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Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig

DKN Michael Bollig

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Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig is Professor for Anthropology, Board Member of the Global South Studies Center (GSCC) in Cologne and Associate Vice Rector for International Relations with the Global South at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on human-environmental relations, political ecology, and environmental history, transition of local knowledge, globalization and conflict research.
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Prof. Dr. Aletta Bonn

DKN Aletta Bonn

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Prof. Dr. Aletta Bonn is head of the Department of Ecosystem Services at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ in Leipzig and Professor for Ecosystem Services at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena within the framework of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle - Jena - Leipzig. Her research focuses on trend analyses and tele coupling of ecosystem services into social-ecological systems and citizen science.
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Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings

DKN Ute Noethlings

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Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings is Professor for Nutritional Epidemiology at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science of the University of Bonn, Scientific Director of the DONALD study and member of the Permanent Senate Commission on Food Safety of the DFG. Her research interests are methods of nutritional surveys in epidemiological studies, nutrition as a risk factor for chronic diseases and nutrition and lifestyle pattern analysis.
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Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott

DKN Konrad Ott

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Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott is Professor for Philosophy and Ethics of the Environment at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel and head of the Gustav-Radbruch-Network for Philosophy and Ethics of the Environment. His current research interest concerns a social-theoretical foundation of environmental ethics and sustainability.
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Prof. Dr. Martin Quaas

DKN Martin Quaas

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Prof. Dr. Martin Quaas is head of the research group Biodiversity Economics at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle - Jena - Leipzig and Professor of Biodiversity Economics at the University of Leipzig. His research focus is on the interactions between economy and biodiversity.
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Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein

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Markus Reichstein is Director of the Biogeochemical Integration Department at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Professor for Global Geoecology at the FSU Jena, and founding Director at the Michael-Stifel-Center Jena for Data-driven and Simulation Science. His main research interests revolve around the response and feedback of ecosystems (vegetation and soils) to climatic variability with a Earth system perspective, considering coupled carbon, water and nutrient cycles. He is specifically interested in the interplay of climate extremes with ecosystem and societal resilience and addresses these topics via a model-data integration approach, combining data-driven machine learning with systems modelling of experimental, ground- and satellite-based observations.
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Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz

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Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz is Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE), honorary professor at the Centre for Ethics and Responsibility at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and Deputy Chair of the German Council of Sustainable Development (RNE). Her research focuses on Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, global environmental policy, climate policy, climate change and forest policy.
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Dr. Christiane Joerk

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Dr. Christiane Joerk is Program Director in the Humanities and Social Sciences Group of the German Research Foundation (DFG) with a focus on economics.
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Dr. Sebastian Sonntag

Sebastian Sonntag

Ex-Officio
Dr. Sebastian Sonntag Sonntag is Executive Director of the DKN and heads the DKN secretariat at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS).
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Ehemalige Mitglieder