Ottmar Edenhofer appointed to the “Forum #Zukunftsstrategie”

New body launched today at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It deals with the goals, milestones and priorities for research and innovation policy.

Founding Director of MCC: Ottmar Edenhofer. | Photo: Karkow/PIK


Climate economist Ottmar Edenhofer has been appointed to the “Forum #Zukunftsstrategie”. The Director of the Berlin-based climate research institute MCC (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is one of 21 experts from business, science and civil society advising the German government on the implementation of the Future Strategy. This includes the goals, milestones and priorities for German research and innovation policy for the coming years. The new committee began its work today at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger nominated the MCC Director to the body as “Mission Sponsor” for Mission II: “Spearheading climate protection, climate adjustment, food security and the preservation of biodiversity”. The forum is part of the “Future Strategy for Research and Innovation” adopted by the Federal Government in February this year. Its goal is the strong strategic positioning of the German research and innovation system. The initiative is intended to tackle societal and global challenges through six mission areas: resource-conscious management, climate protection and preservation of biodiversity, health, digital and technological sovereignty, space and marine research, and societal resilience.

In addition to his role as MCC and PIK Director, Edenhofer is Professor of the Economics and Politics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin. Furthermore, since the beginning of the first funding phase in 2020, he has been leading the BMBF-funded Copernicus project Ariadne, which is developing options for shaping the energy transition. He is chair of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change (ESABCC), a member of three national academies of science, and for years has been among the top 1 percent most cited global scientists in the category “interdisciplinary science” category, according to the Web of Science citation index.

Further information
Info from the BMBF on the “Future Research and Innovation Strategy”: