I am physicist and graduated with PhD in atmospheric science. Although I left academia quite some while ago, I will always be a scientist in my heart and passionate about contributing my part in mitigating dangerous levels of climate change. I started adult education on the root causes, the processes and the dangers of climate change back in 2007, when I initiated a lecture series in several facilities in Germany. I composed a 1-hour lecture. I rapidly acknowledged the need for choosing a language that is understandable by a non-academic audience and received very good feedback on my talks. Since then, I had the opportunity to talk about climate science to very diverse audiences and started to understand the complexity and importance of proper communication in this topic.
In terms of my professional life, I graduated from the St. Gallen MBA program in 2014, in which the connection of sustainability and business was a definite focus. I dedicated by MBA thesis on investigating business cases for electric energy battery storage, a key enabler to facilitate high levels of renewable energy grid penetration. I learnt that most islands in the world have a terrible energy mix, most often totally fossil fuel dependent and back by Diesel generators. Employing energy storage in a smart way, islands could get to 100 % renewable power today, exploiting an appropriate mix of wind, solar and biomass sources. Today, I enjoy working in a global consulting firm and I believe that being part of a global firm network, I can bring valuable insights to needs and current interest of businesses in climate change.
I like to see Climanosco as the number one global organization that informs the greater public on the scientific understanding of climate change, covering identical areas as IPCC: scientific basis, vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems, and options for mitigating climate change. For me, all of these topics belong together because only when considering all of them, any “so what” questions may be answered. The scientific basis makes people curious to learn more, learn, what this all means for their daily, individual lives, and for greater society. I believe, expanding Climanosco’s scientific network to the areas of IPCC Working Groups II and III, bears the great potential to deliver answers to interested consumers of Climanosco’s content.