Sabine Schlacke is Director of the Institute for Environmental Law and Planning Law at the University of Münster and a judge at the Constitutional Court of Bremen.
Dirk Messner is Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn and Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Studies on Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
WBGU members have been appointed by the German Federal Government on November 9th 2016. They were appointed until October 31st 2020. Members of the council are Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, Ulrike Grote, Ellen Matthies, Dirk Messner, Karen Pittel, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Ina Schieferdecker, Sabine Schlacke and Uwe Schneidewind.