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Climate, Energy and the Environment

To prevent further global warming, the future energy supply must be free of carbon emissions. Questions about the energy supply and climate and environmental change are closely intertwined. The committee devotes itself to solving crucial environmental problems and to answering the question of how we can manage the transition to a carbon-neutral energy supply.


  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Bradshaw ML
    Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaforschung, München
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Claussen ML
    Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Detlef Drenckhahn ML
    Universität Würzburg (Spokesperson)
  • Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer 
    Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, Potsdam
  • Prof. Dr. Karl Leo
    Institut für angewandte Photophysik, Dresden
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Pitz-Paal
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Köln    
  • Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn
    Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber ML
    Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, Potsdam (Spokesperson)
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl ML
    Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth ML
    Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim (Spokesperson)
  • Prof. Dr. Rolf Thauer ML
    Max-Planck-Institut für terrestrische Mikrobiologie, Marburg
  • Prof. Dr. Hermann-Josef Wagner ML
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum

ML = Member of the Leopoldina

Related Publications

Bioenergy – Chances and Limits (2012)

Energy- and research-policy recommendations following the events in Fukushima (2011)

Deutschlands Energiewende – Ein Gemeinschaftswerk für die Zukunft (2011) – Bericht der Ethik-Kommission „Sichere Energieversorgung”

EASAC Statement „Concentrating Solar Power: its contribution to a sustainable energy future” (2011)

List of Experts for the Year of Science 2010 „The Future of Energy“

EASAC Statement „Climate change and infectious diseases in Europe” (2010)

IAMP Statement on the health co-benefits of policies to tackle climate change (2010)

Konzept für ein integriertes Energieforschungsprogramm für Deutschland (2009)

G8 Statement „Climate change and the transformation of energy technologies for a low carbon future” (2009)

EASAC Statement „Transforming Europe’s Electricity Supply – An Infrastructure Strategy for a Reliable, Renewable and Secure Power System” (2009)

EASAC Statement „Ecosystem services and biodiversity” in Europe (2009)

EASAC Statement “Global Climate Change is Essentially a Global Energy Change” (2009)

IAP Statement On Ocean Acidification (2009)

IAP Statement On Tropical Forests And Climate Change (2009)

G8 Statement „Climate Change Adaptation and the Transition to a Low Carbon Society” (2008)

G8 Statement „Sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection (2007)

G8 Statement „Energy Sustainability and Security” (2006)

G8 Statement „Global response to climate change” (2005)

EASAC Statement „A user’s guide to biodiversity indicators” (2005)

Empfehlungen für die Energieversorgung in Deutschland (2003)



Dr. Christian Anton

Scientific Officer, Department Science - Policy - Society

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 861
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 839
E-Mail christian.anton @leopoldina.org

Classes and Sections

The members of the Leopoldina are organized in 28 sections that are grouped in four classes.