PIK director Johan Rockström elected to German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

 
08/28/2020 - Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, was elected member of the Leopoldina in the Geosciences section. The Leopoldina provides policymakers and the public with science-based advice; its members already include PIK Director Ottmar Edenhofer and Director Emeritus Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.
PIK director Johan Rockström elected to German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Johan Rockström. Photo: Thorsten Greb, PIK

“Johan Rockström has significantly influenced global sustainability research with his work. Rockström’s publications on the resilience of our earth system are particularly noteworthy. His concept of planetary boundaries gave a decisive impetus to tackling current challenges such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity,” says Professor (ETHZ) Dr. Gerald Haug, President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, about Johan Rockström’s election. He adds: “I am very pleased that, in future, Johan Rockström as a member of the Leopoldina will weigh in his scientific expertise on Leopoldina’s science-based advice for policymakers and society”.

The Leopoldina is a classical scholarly society and has more than 1,600 members from almost all branches of science. In 2008, the Leopoldina was appointed as the German National Academy of Sciences and, in this capacity, was invested with two major objectives: representing the German scientific community internationally, and providing policymakers and the public with science-based advice. It was founded in Schweinfurt in 1652, making it the oldest academy of natural sciences in the world that has existed without interruption.