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Dr. Ottmar EDENHOFER Deputy-Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam


1987 Diplomvolkswirt (Master Degree in Economics), University of Munich (Prädikatsexamen: with distinction)
1991 B.A. Philosophy, Hochschule für Philosophie, Munich (summa cum laude)
1999 Ph.D. in economics (summa cum laude), Social Conflict and Technological Change. Evolutionary models of Energy Use Professional Experience
1981-1987 Founding of a private enterprise; several Occupations in the Public Health System
1987-1994 Member of the Jesuit Order
1991-1993 Chief of a Humanitarian Aid Organisation (Jesuit Refugee Service) in Croatia and Bosnia
1993-1994 Journalist
1994-2000 Research Assistant, Institute of Sociology, Technical University Darmstadt
2000-2005 Deputy Head of Department of Global Change and Social Systems, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
since 2003 Leads together with Herman Held the Project 'Ocean Sequestration and the Transformation of the Global Energy System' funded by the Volkswagenstiftung and the SPARK Project at PIK
since 2004 Lead-author in IPCC Working Group III, Chapter 1 and 11
since 2004 Chief Scientist in IMCP (Innovation Modelling Comparison Exercise)
since 2005 Chief Economist at PIK
2005 Fellow of the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst
2006 Leads the Mitigation Part of the EU ADAM Project together with Professor Eberhard Jochem
2006 Organiser of the International Conference 'Low Stabilisation Scenarios - Costs Technologies and Strategies', 16-17th March in Potsdam in cooperation with FEEM
2007 Member of the German Delegation in Bangkok, IPCC, WG III
since 2007 Deputy Director of PIK
2007 appointment as president of the Wuppertal Institute together with a professorship for Environmental Economics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal; appointment turned down
2007 appointment to a professorship at the Technical University of Berlin for the chair of Economics of Climate Chance; appointment accepted


International Association for Energy Economics
Akademie der Wissenschaften (Society of Sciences) Hamburg
Verein für Sozialpolitik (Society of Social Politics), Ausschuss für Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomie (Committee for Environmental and Resource Economy)


Recent Publications:
Edenhofer, O., C. Carraro, J. Koehler, M. Grubb: Endogenous Technological Change and the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation. Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Energy Journal, 2006
Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, Chr.: Der Beitrag des Vierten Sachstandberichtes des Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) zur Lösung des Klimaproblems. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Umweltforschung, Jahrgang 18, Heft 2, Seite 143ff, Analytica Verlag, Berlin 2007
Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, Chr.: Kosten und Optionen für den Klimaschutz. Der UN-Weltklimareport - Bericht über eine aufhaltsame Katastrophe, Seite 268ff, Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Köln 2007
Bauer, N., O. Edenhofer and S. Kypreos: "Linking Energy System and Macroeconomic Growth Models" Journal of Computational Management Science, in print, 2007
Held, H., Edenhofer, O.: Climate Protection vs. Economic Growth as a False Trade Off: Restructuring Global Warming Mitigation. Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research, page 191ff, Springer Verlag, 2008