The Council has nine members, appointed for a term of four years by the federal cabinet (Bundeskabinett), having first been nominated by the Ministries of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). These two ministries provide the funding for the Council. The current term runs to October 2016. The Council is monitored and supported by an interministerial committee of the federal government comprising representatives of all ministries and of the federal chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt). The Council holds eleven regular two-day meetings each year.
The Council's first term of office was from 1 June 1992 to 30 June 1996, its second term of office from 1. June 1996 to 31. October 2000, its third term from 1. November 2000 to 31. October 2004 and its fourth term from 1. November 2004 to 31. October 2008 and its fifth term from 1. November 2008 to 28. February 2013. The Council is now in its sixth term, until 31. October 2016.
The Council Members are:
Prof Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber CBE (Co-Chair), director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and chair of the Governing Board of the Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Prof Dirk Messner (Co-Chair), director of the German Development Institute, Bonn
Prof Frauke Kraas, Professor for Human Geography at the University of Cologne. Main fields: Urban and Social Geography (Megacities, Governance, Urban Heritage, Migration, Transformation) in Southeast Asia, China and India. Member of WBGU since 2013. more...
Prof Claus Leggewie, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen, Institute for Advanced Study of the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr
Prof Peter Lemke, Professor of Physics of Atmosphere and Ocean, University of Bremen and head of the Climate Sciences Research Division at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. more...
Prof Ellen Matthies, Professor for Enviromental Psychology, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg. more...
Prof Nebojsa Nakicenovic, professor of Energy Economics,
Vienna University of Technology and Deputy Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Prof Sabine Schlacke, Director of the Institute for Environmental Law and Planning Law at the University of Münster
Prof Uwe Schneidewind, President and Chief Research Executive oft he Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Professor for "Sustainable Transition Management" at the University of Wuppertal. more...