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German government reappoints Schellnhuber to advisory council

11/10/2016 - The Federal Cabinet appointed the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) for its next term - five of the nine Council members have been reappointed, among them PIK director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute (DIE). For new positions, four women were appointed. With this cast, the council will work for the German government until 2020.

The future is female: First time appointed WBGU members are Ulrike Grote, Director of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade of Hannover University; Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, Professor at the Institute for Geography of RWTH Aachen; Karen Pittel, Director of the Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources and Professor of Economics at the University of Munich; Ina Schieferdecker, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS and Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Reappointed were Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute, Bonn; Ellen Matthies, Professor for Enviromental Psychology, University of Magdeburg; Sabine Schlacke, Professor of Public Law, specializing Building-, Environmental- and Planning Law at the University of Münster and Uwe Schneidewind,President and Chief Research Executive oft he Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) is an independent, scientific advisory body. Its task is to analyse global environmental and development problems and to develop recommendations for action and research in the search for solutions to these problems. Recently it published its report "Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities" that addresses the impacts of urbanisation on the sustainable transformation of cities and reaching climate goals.

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