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Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Research Director
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, United Kingdom

School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1603-593900
Fax: +44 1603-593901

Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany. He is trained as a mathematician and physicist. He received a scholarship for the highly gifted at the University of Regensburg, where he received a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics in 1980. After various periods of research abroad, in particular at several institutions of the University of California system (USA), Schellnhuber qualified for professorial status in 1985 and received the Heisenberg Fellowship. In 1989 he became a Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences (ICBM) at the University of Oldenburg, and later became Director of the ICBM. In 1991 he became the founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Schellnhuber has been both Director of PIK and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Potsdam since 1993. Since January 2001 he has also been Visiting Research Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor at the Environmental Sciences School of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. Schellnhuber is an elected member of the Max Planck Society, Leibniz Society, and Geological Society of London. He actively serves on some dozen national and international panels for scientific strategies and policy advice regarding environment and development matters. In addition, he is a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), chairman of the Global Analysis, Integration & Modelling (GAIM) Task Force of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), and coordinating lead author of the synthesis chapter of Working Group II in the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has written more than 150 articles and books on solid state physics, the theory of complex non-linear systems, coastal zone research, and regional and global environmental analysis. Part of his work is featured in an essay for the Millennium Supplement of Nature (402(2), Dec. 1999) and in a special issue of Environmental Modeling & Assessment (4(4), Dec. 1999).

This Network Member is involved with the following projects:
   Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability (ISTS)
   Syndromes Assessment and Policy Strategy Evaluation (SYNAPSE)

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