Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Fischedick

President and 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
  • 2006 - 2020: Vice President of the Wuppertal Institute
  • 1993 - 2006: held various positions at the Wuppertal Institute (including head of the research group "Future Energy and Mobility Structures")
  • 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

  • Transformation and sustainability research
  • Energy systems and energy scenario analysis
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
  • Multi-criteria evaluation of technologies
  • 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 Directors of the "Energy Systems of the Future" (ESYS) project of the national science academies (acatech - German Academy of Science and Engineering, Leopoldina and Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities)
  • Member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Member of the Advisory Board of NRW.BANK
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the economic, scientific and social partners for monitoring structural change in the mining area of the Rhineland (Germany)
  • Member of the Advisory Board Klimaschutz.NRW of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 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 Board of Trustees of the Citizens' Council Climate (2021)
  • Member of the Sustainability Committee of Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of HPP Architects
  • 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"
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Climate Protection and Climate Impact Adaptation of the State of 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 Centre for Transformation Research and Sustainability (TransZent) at Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of various peer reviewed journals (e.g. Renewable Energy)
  • Editorial Board Member of the journal "Energy and Climate Change"

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"
  • Chairman of the scientific advisory board "Innovation City Ruhr" (2010 - 2020)
  • Member of the Science and Technology Advisory Board Desertec University Network (DUN)
  • 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 Immission Committee of the State of Brandenburg, Germany (2005 - 2008)
  • List of experts of the STAP/Global Environmental Facility
  • Scientific Advisory Board member of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board E.ON-RWTH Aachen University Research Centre
  • Co-coordinator of the Virtual Institute "Transformation - Energy Transition North Rhine-Westphalia"
  • Member of the steering committee "Competence Network Power Plant Technology" of the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia


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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