Members during the seventh term of office (1. November 2016 to 31. October 2020)

WBGU 2016–2020
Photo: f.l.t.r.: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Grote, Prof. Dr. Ellen Matthies, Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel (Secretary-General), Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlacke (Co-Chair), Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, Prof. Dr. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker, Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind, Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel (Co-Chair), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber CBE

Prof Karen Pittel (Co-Chair), Director of the Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources and Professor of Economics, esp. Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Natural Resources, Faculty of Economics, University of Munich (since 2010).

Prof Sabine Schlacke (Co-Chair), Professor of public law, executive director of the Institute for Environmental Law and Planning Law, University of Münster (since 2013). 

Prof Markus Fischer, Professor of Plant Ecology, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern (since 2007) and Director of the Botanical Garden of the University of Bern (since 2010). 

Prof Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, Since 2006 Chair of Economic Geography, Dept. of Geography at RWTH Aachen University. 

Prof Ulrike Grote, Director of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade at Leibniz University of Hannover (since 2006).

Prof Ellen Matthies, Professor for Environmental Psychology, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (since December 2011). 

Prof Dirk Messner, Director of the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) (since 2018). WBGU member until 12/2019

Prof Hans Joachim Schellnhuber CBE, Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Prof Ina Schieferdecker, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS, since 2015).

Prof Uwe Schneidewind, President and Chief Research Executive of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.