Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick

Scientific Managing Director

Professional Experience

  • Since January 2020: Scientific Managing Director of the Wuppertal Institute
  • Since 2010: Member of the Wuppertal Institute's management as Authorised Representative
  • Since 2008: Professor at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal
  • 2008 - 2010: Acting Head of the Wuppertal Institute
  • Since 2006: Vice President of the Wuppertal Institute
  • 2003 - 2010: Director of Research Group 1 "Future Energy and Mobility Structures"
  • 1993 - 2003: Project Co-ordinator and Deputy Director of Energy Division at the Wuppertal Institute
  • 1991 - 1993: Research Fellow and PhD Student at the University of Stuttgart, Germany

Education and Academic Training

  • Doctorate in the field of Energy Technology at University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • University of Dortmund, Germany. University Diploma in Chemical Engineering

Research Focus

  • Energy systems and energy scenario analysis
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and multi-criteria evaluation
  • Renewable energies and innovative energy technologies (system integration aspects)
  • National and international energy and climate policy
  • Dynamic market development and market launch strategies
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Research and technology policy
  • Technology assessment and forecasting
  • Green entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable urban infrastructures

Selected Memberships and Activities

  • Lead author of the IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 6th Assessment Report
  • Board member of the "Johannes Rau Research Foundation" (JRF)
  • Directory Board member of the Research Association Renewable Energy (FVEE)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Circular Valley Foundation
  • Member of the "International Energy Advisory Council (IEAC)"
  • Member of the "Seoul International Scientific Advisory Council (SIEAC)"
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the economic, scientific and social partners for monitoring structural change in the mining area of the Rhineland (Germany)
  • Co-Coordinator of the Virtual Institute (VI) "Transformation- Energy Transition NRW"
  • Member of the Steering Committee "Power Plant Technology Competence Network of the State Government of
  • North Rhine-Westphalia"
  • Member of the Coordination Group "Climate Protection in North Rhine-Westphalia"
  • Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for Green Capital Essen 2017 (GHE2017)
  • Co-opted Board Member of the Association "Climate Discourse in North Rhine-Westphalia"
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member for Climate Protection and Climate Impact Adaptation (Thuringia, Germany)
  • Board of Trustees Member of the Foundation "Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg" (ZSW)
  • Member of the Interdisciplinary Panel Climate Protection and Energy Transition of the Association of German Engineers (VDI-IGKE)
  • Scientific Advisory & Project Board (SAPB) "50Hertz Transmission GmbH"
  • Advisory Board Member of Solar Decathlon Europe 2021 (SDE21)
  • Member of the Selection Committee of the Top Cluster Industrial Innovations (SPIN)
  • Member of the ACATECH-BMBF-initiative "Energy Systems of the Future"
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Citizens Council Climate
  • Member of the Center of Transformation Research and Sustainability (TransZent)
  • Member of the Scientific Board "Renewable Energy" (peer reviewed Journal)
  • Editorial Board Member of the journal "Energy and Climate Change"
  • Advisory Board Member of the NRW.BANK
  • Member of the Sustainability Committee of the Municipal Savings Bank Wuppertal

Former Memberships and Activities

  • Coordinating lead author of the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report (2011-2014)
  • Coordinating lead author of the IPCC's Special Report Renewable Energies (2009-2011)
  • Member of the Expert Panel for the "European Green Capital" (2014-2018)
  • Member of the Energy Academy of the journal Handelsblatt
  • Chairman of the Jury Selection Committee "Innovation City Ruhr"
  • Co-Chairman of the Research Advisory Council of the German Biomass Centre (2007-2011)
  • Member of the Commission of Enquiry "The Effects of Long-Term Increasing Prices for Oil and Gas on Economy and Consumers in North Rhine-Westphalia" by the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia" (2006-2009)
  • Member of the Immision Committee of the State of Brandenburg, Germany (2005-2008)
  • Member of the delegation "Renewables 2004" of the German Federal Government
  • List of experts of the STAP/Global Environmental Facility
  • Member of the Scientific Committee "International German Hydrogen Conference" in 2006 and 2008
  • Member of the International Steering Committee of the "World Renewable Energy Congress 2008"
  • Scientific Advisory Board member of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI)
  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council "Innovation City Ruhr"
  • Member of the Science and Technology Advisory Board Desertec University Network (DUN)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board E.ON-RWTH Aachen University Research Centre


Current University Lectureships

  • University of Wuppertal, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics "Dynamic development of markets" (since winter term 2007/08) and master's seminar "Industrial infrastructure and climate protection - transformation processes in industry"
  • University of Koblenz-Landau "European Energy Policy" (since summer term 2005)

Former University Lectureships

  • University of Kassel, Master programme Renewable Energies "Energy Economy" (winter term 2006/07)
  • University of Hagen, Master programme INFERNUM "System analysis" (winter term 2004)
  • University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden "Energie und Umwelt" (Energy and Environment) in Environmental Studies from winter term 1997/98 until 2001/02
  • University Witten/Herdecke "Ökologisches Wirtschaften" (Ecological Management) in summer and winter term 1996

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