Ortwien Renn

Prof. Ortwien Renn

Scientific director at the International Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany) and professor for environmental sociology and technology assessment at the University and Stuttgart

Ortwin Renn is scientific director at the International Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany) and professor for environmental sociology and technology assessment at the University and Stuttgart. He also directs the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes. Renn is Adjunct Professor for “Integrated Risk Analysis” at Stavanger University (Norway), Honorary Professor at the Technical University Munich and Affiliate Professor for “Risk Governance” at Beijing Normal University. His research interests include risk governance (analysis perception, communication), stakeholder and public involvement in environmental decision making, transformation processes in economics, politics and society and sustainable development.
Ortwin Renn has a doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Cologne. His career includes teaching and research positions at Clark University (Worcester, USA), the Swiss Institute of Technology (Zuerich) and the Center of Technology Assessment (Stuttgart). His honours include the National Cross of Merit Order, an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Institute of Technology, the “Outstanding Research Award” of the Society for Integrated Disaster and Risk Management (IDRiM) and the “Distinguished Achievement Award” of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).
Renn is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (Berlin), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the Board of Directors of the German National Academy of Technology and Engineering (Acatech). He belongs to numerous scientific and academic advisory councils. Renn has published more than 30 monographs and over 250 peer reviewed articles. His most prominent English publication is the book “Risk Governance. Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World (London: Earthscan 2008).

Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström

Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at Potsdam University

Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he led the development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. He is a leading scientist on global water resources, with about 25 years of experience from applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.
Aside from his research helping to guide policy, Rockström consults several governments and business networks. He also acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at noteworthy international meetings, such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC). Supplementary, he chairs the advisory board for the EAT Foundation and the Earth League.

Chris Kilsby

Professor of Hydrology and Climate Change

Chris began his career at the Met Research Flight of the UK Met Office and moved to Newcastle University where he started work on climate change and catchment modelling.  Since then his work has focussed on extremes and climate change impacts and adaptation,  most recently on the hydrology and hydraulics of cities using the CityCAT model of surface drainage and sewer networks.  A major theme has been the use of stochastic models for generating rainfall scenarios (e.g. the UKCP09 Weather Generator) and physically-based models for simulating responses of natural and man-made infrastructure systems.

Peter Salamon

Peter Salamon

European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre Disaster Risk Management Unit

Peter Salamon graduated as an M. Sc. in Applied Environmental Geoscience in 2001 at the Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen (Germany). After working two years for an international environmental consulting company in Frankfurt (Germany) as a Project Manager, he started in 2003 his doctorate studies at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), where he received a Ph.D. in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering in 2006.
At the end of 2006 Peter joined the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as a scientific project manager where his main tasks are to provide policy support in the area of flood risk management at European and global level. During his research activities and professional career, he has gained experience in hydrology, numerical modeling, flood risk and hazard mapping, assessing the effects of climate change on natural disasters, uncertainty estimation as well as operational flood forecasting systems. He has participated in numerous international research projects and has published many peer-reviewed articles as author or co-author. Peter is now managing the operational European Flood Awareness Systems (EFAS) and the development of the Global Flood Awareness Systems (GloFAS) which are both part of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service.