Members of the Selection Committee for the Allocation of International Climate Protection Fellowships

As of May 2020

Information on the composition of the committee

The central instrument for conferring International Climate Protection Fellowships is an interdisciplinary selection committee.


The members are assigned certain applications, on which they report back in writing. All decisions are discussed and taken jointly by the interdisciplinary committee; the Foundation’s Board of Trustees must approve the committee’s choices for the bestowal of International Climate Protection Fellowships.

The selection committee is composed of:

  • specialist members: recognised researchers of various disciplines as well as individuals who, due to their background and personal qualifications, are particularly well suited to assess young leaders and their potential as mediators and multipliers in the broader field of climate protection and resource conservation (= specialist selection committee members)
  • non-specialist members: voting representatives of the public funder as well as of other science (funding) organisations.

This composition ensures the necessary scientific expertise to review applications, complemented by institutional expertise on strategic-structural aspects.

The total number and the representation of disciplines by experts on the committees is based on the average number and subject representation of the applications received. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s choice of expert committee members forms the basis for recognising and selecting excellence in its sponsorship programmes. The selection of specialist selection committee members is, therefore, a core process at the Foundation that seeks to identify the finest scientific minds. The Selection Department takes great care to regularly include domestic and international researchers on its committees who are new to the Foundation’s broader network in order to remain open to new perspectives and angles.

For each new appointment or replacement, the Foundation consults numerous experts as well as representatives of science organisations to draw up a shortlist. Scientific excellence is a basic prerequisite for a candidate to be considered. Other core prerequisites are:

  • international contacts and experience, as possible extended academic professional activity abroad
  • broad scientific or practical expertise in the field of climate protection and resource conservation
  • willingness and ability to engage in interdisciplinary discourse
  • willingness to actively support the work of the Humboldt Foundation
  • sufficient availability.

The following additional aspects are also considered when appointing committee members:

  • gender and age balance
  • balanced regional representation
  • complementing existing expertise on the committee

The decision to appoint a new member is approved by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for an initial term of three years and can be renewed twice.


Professor Dr. Martin Zimmer
Abteilung Ökologie: Mangrovenökologie, Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT) GmbH, Bremen
(In Stellvertretung: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Xiaoxiang Zhu )

Specialist Committee Members

  • Professorin Dr. Aletta Bonn
    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung, Leipzig
  • Professorin Dr. Olanike Deji
    Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • Dr. Ines Dombrowsky
    Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik gGmbH (DIE), Bonn
  • Dr. Johannes Flacke
    Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • Professor Dr. Romain Lucas Glele Kakai
    Faculty of Agronomic sciences, Universite d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • Dr. Amol A. Kulkarni
    Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  • Professor Dr. Thomas Schomerus
    Institut für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
  • Professor Dr. Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho
    Instituto de Geosciencias-CPTMC, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brasil
  • Hortensia Solis
    Viaje con Cafe, Den Haag, Niederlande / San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Professor Dr. Bjorn B. Stevens
    Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg
  • Professorin Dr.-Ing. Yujun Yi
    School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, PR China
  • Professorin Dr.-Ing. Xiaoxiang Zhu
    Lehrstuhl für Methodik der Fernerkundung, Technische Universität München
  • Professor Dr. Martin Zimmer
    Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie (ZMT) GmbH, Bremen

 Non-specialist non-Voting Committee Members

  • Dr. Enno Aufderheide
    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Non-specialist Voting Committee Members

  • Berthold Breid
    Renewables Academy AG, Berlin
  • Stephan Contius
    Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU), Berlin
  • Dr. Angela Francke
    Centre for Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management,
    Technische Universität Dresden
  • Professor Dr. Markus Große Ophoff
    Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Osnabrück
  • Dr. Joachim Hein
    Abteilung Klima und nachhaltige Entwicklung, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI), Berlin
  • Dr. Bernd Markus Liss
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn
  • Dr. Gisela Schneider
    Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Bonn


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Selection Department
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn, Germany

Fax: 0228-833 212