12 March 2015

Humboldtian nominated to be IPCC chairman

Max Planck Research Award winner and Humboldtian Christopher B. Field is a contender for the chairmanship of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Field was nominated for this position by the USA. He will be up for election in October 2015 at the 42nd plenary session of the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change whose members include internationally recognised scientists and representatives of currently 195 nations worldwide.

Chris Field
 Photo: Heinz Mangelsdorf

The American biologist and ecologist received the Max Planck Research Award which is jointly awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society in 2013. Financed by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, this award honoured Chris Field as one of the world’s leading researchers in the area of climate change. He is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology and a professor at Stanford University.

Field has received global recognition since the 1990s, particularly for his research on the impact climate change has on the biosphere and on models to predict the earth system’s reactions to global change. In addition he has been involved in the IPCC for years and is now a candidate for the chairmanship of this body.

Field is currently co-chair of IPCC Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) and was one of the coordinating lead authors of the IPCC’s fourth assessment report. In addition, Field was a member of the IPCC delegation that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

With the Max Planck Research Award, the Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society single out researchers from Germany and abroad who are already internationally recognised and are expected to generate further outstanding scientific findings in the course of international collaborations. Each award winner receives €750,000 to finance their research in general and collaborations with German / foreign scientists in particular.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 51 Nobel Laureates.


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