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


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.


since 2011 Member of the board the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV)
since 2012 Member International Board of the Programme for Global Survivability Studies, Kyoto University
since 2014 Member of the Future Earth Governing Council.


Society for Risk Analysis, Baltimore. Best Paper Award 2009: Ch. M. Rheinberger, M. Bründl, J. Rhyner, "Dealing with the White Death: Avalanche Risk Management for Traffic Routes", Risk Analysis, DOI:10.111/j.1539-6924.2008.01127.x (2008)