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Dr. Jakob RHYNER Vice-Rector Europe, United Nations University, Bonn

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1987 PhD in Theoretical Physic, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. 1988-2001 Project and team leader at ABB Corporate Research, industrial physics. 2001-2011 Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) in Davos Switzerland. Until 2006 Division Leader Avalanche Warning and Risk Management. From 2006 Institute Leader. Responsibilities: Operational warning systems, risk management research and education. Since 2010 United Nations University, Vice Rector in Europe and Director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). Professor at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Bonn. Research focus and responsibilities: Environmental risks research and capacity building. 2003-2010 Head of the Group of European Avalanche Warning Services.

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