Press Release14.10.2020, Berlin

New members of German Advisory Council on Global Change appointed

The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) has been appointed by the Federal Cabinet for its next term until 31.10.2024. Six of the nine Council members have been appointed for the first time.

Reappointed are

Markus Fischer is professor of plant ecology, Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern and director of the Botanical Garden in Bern (Switzerland). He is a member of the Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Karen Pittel is director of the Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources in Munich and professor of economics, esp. Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Natural Resources, Faculty of Economics at the University of Munich.

Sabine Schlacke is professor of public law, executive director of the Institute for Environmental Law and Planning Law, University of Münster and co-chair  of the steering committee of the German Federal Govenment´s Science Platform on Climate Protection.


First time appointed WBGU members are

Alexander Bassen is chair of Capital Markets and Management, University of Hamburg and visiting professor, Department of Accountancy and Law, School of Business, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development.

Jörg Drewes is chair professor and chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering at the Technische Universität München and research professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO, USA.

Sabine Gabrysch is professor for Climate Change and Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and head of the research department Climate Resilience at the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Anna-Katharina Hornidge is director of the German Development Institute in Bonn and professor for Global Sustainable Development at the University of Bonn.

Hans-Otto Pörtner is professor at the Department of Biology / Chemistry at the University of Bremen and Head of Division Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven. He is Co-Chair of the IPCC working group II „Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability".

Anke Weidenkaff is head of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS in Alzenau und Hanau and Head of the Division Materials and Resources at the TU Darmstadt.