Team

The IZT is a lively, diverse, reflexive and thus learning organisation with a large inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge base that continues to maintain a balance between preservation and renewal in order to remain fit for the future. The staff work together at a high scientific level. They are co-creators and at the same time shareholders of the Institute. Together they address exciting topics of the future and in doing so open up great scope for shaping content and methods. Cooperation and collaboration are the basic modes of working.

Institute management

Scientists and academics

Yulia Aster

Junior scientist

Yulia Aster

Junior scientist

  • at the IZT since September 2021
  • since October 2022 Junior Scientist
  • 2022 M. A. Urban Future (Potsdam University of Applied Sciences)
  • 2020 B. A. Communication Design (Berlin University of Applied Sciences)

Steffen Bauer

Researcher

Steffen Bauer

Researcher

  • since May 2019 at the IZT
  • Since June 2020 Research Associate in the Digitalisation Research Field
  • previously Kulturstiftung Schloss Britz in the exhibition conception
  • Mentor of the Fibonacci programme funded by the Berlin Senate since 2013
  • Study of philosophy, logic and philosophy of science

Dr Siegfried Behrendt

Research Manager

Dr Siegfried Behrendt

Research Manager

  • IZT Research Director for "Resources, Economies and Resilience" since 2019
  • Cluster management for "Technology and Innovation" (2014 - 2018)
  • Project Manager and Coordinator of the Working Group "Ecological Management" at the IZT (1990 - 2013)
  • Doctorate at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg (2009)
  • Lecturer at the Berlin School of Economics and Law since and at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin since 2001
  • Studied political science and biology at the FU Berlin

Dr Nona Bledow

Researcher

Dr Nona Bledow

Researcher

  • Since July 2022 Research Associate in the Research Field "Energy, Climate, Infrastructure" at the IZT
  • 2016 to 2021 Research at the University of Konstanz in the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" and teaching on the topics of comparative welfare state research and inequality research
  • Master's degrees in Political Economy and Philosophy from the University of Konstanz
  • Bachelor's programme "Philosophy and Economics" at the University of Bayreuth

Jaya Bowry

Researcher

Jaya Bowry

Researcher

  • Since September 2017 at the IZT in the BilRess project office
  • since August 2012 Project Manager at Faktor 10 - Institut für nachhaltiges Wirtschaften gGmbH
  • currently doctorate in cultural anthropology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Melanie Degel

Research Director

Melanie Degel

Research Director

  • Head of Research "Energy, Climate & Infrastructure
  • Chairwoman of the works council and women's representative since 2011
  • Research assistant at the IZT since 2008
  • Previously employed in energy technology company in the contracting sector
  • Study of "Energy and Environmental Management" at the University of Flensburg

Mira Dieckmeyer

Science communication

Mira Dieckmeyer

Science communication

  • since September 2022 in science communication at the IZT
  • Completion of the Master of Architecture at the TU Berlin
  • previously worked in architecture and landscape architecture offices

 

Michaela Evers-Wölk

Research Director

Michaela Evers-Wölk

Research Director

  • IZT Research Director "Health & Wellbeing" and "Technology Assessment, Participation & Evaluation"
  • previously project manager at the IZT since 2014
  • Leading the IZT's work as part of its consortium membership with the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag
  • 2000 to 2004 Project Manager at Prognos AG in the area of media and communication
  • 1989 to 1997 Studies in Information Science and Economics at the Free University of Berlin

Kathrin Opponent

Researcher

Kathrin Opponent

Researcher

  • Research Associate at the IZT since October 2021
  • 2018 to 2021 Environmental engineer with focus on water management
  • Study of environmental engineering
  • Studies in Social Sciences and Peace and Conflict Studies

Dr Edgar Göll

Senior Researcher

Dr Edgar Göll

Senior Researcher

  • Senior Researcher at the IZT since 2020
  • 2014-2020 Co-Research Director "Futures Studies and Transformation" at the IZT
  • 2016 Member of the Board of Netzwerk Zukunftsforschung e.V. and the Academic Board of the European Journal for Futures Research
  • since 2010 Lecturer in the Master's programme "Futurology" at the FU Berlin
  • 2007-2009 Consultant/Researcher Center for Future Studies, Cairo
  • 1995 research associate at the IZT
  • Sociology and Administration Studies

Laura Gottschalk

Researcher

Laura Gottschalk

Researcher

  • Since July 2020 at the IZT in the BilRess project office in Friedberg
  • 2019 to May 2020 Junior PR consultant with a focus on health and nutrition
  • Stay abroad in New Zealand through the WWOOF network
  • until January 2019 Study of Nutritional Sciences at the Justus Liebig University of Gießen
  • 2017 to 2019 Working student in the BilRess network

Dr Mathias Großklaus

Researcher

Dr Mathias Großklaus

Researcher

  • since August 2022 as a research associate in the research field of digitalisation at the IZT
  • Focus on public interest-oriented digitalisation, mobility, rural areas, smart cities, smart regions
  • previously head of the mobility and local supply programme at neuland21
  • Previously at Condé Nast Germany in the area of AI and mobility
  • Research and teaching at FU Berlin, University of Cambridge, FernUniversität in Hagen, University of Bayreuth
  • PhD on the negotiation of global norms and policy studies

Volker Handke

Senior Researcher

Volker Handke

Senior Researcher

  • since 2000 at the IZT in the research field "Energy, Climate & Infrastructure
  • Since 2013 Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Heterogeneous Material Systems at the Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy
  • 1990s Staff member at the Institute for Energy Technology at the TU-Berlin
  • Diploma Programme in Technical Environmental Protection TU-Berlin
  • Skilled worker training in the construction industry

Christine Henseling

Senior Researcher

Christine Henseling

Senior Researcher

  • Since 2003 Research Associate at the IZT
  • currently in the research area "Resources, Economies & Resilience
  • 1998 to 2003 research associate at the Öko-Institut Freiburg
  • 1998 Master of Arts in Cultural Studies degree from Lancaster University
  • previously studied sociology, political science and law at the Free University of Berlin and Lancaster University (UK)

Dr Lydia Illge

Senior Researcher

Dr Lydia Illge

Senior Researcher

  • Since 2007 as a research associate at the IZT
  • Development of an indicator system-based method for estimating the contributions of industries to sustainable development as a dissertation
  • 2001 to 2007 DIW Berlin in the fields of Integrated Product Policy, Economics and Sustainable Development
  • Studied economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)
  • Studied business administration at the University of Rostock

Carolin Kahlisch

Senior Researcher

Carolin Kahlisch

Senior Researcher

  • Research assistant at the IZT since 2015
  • Since 2011, initially as an intern, student assistant and junior researcher at the institute
  • 2012 Completion of the Master's degree in Futurology at the Free University of Berlin
  • Bachelor's degree in Human Geography and Polish Studies at the University of Potsdam

Ingo Kollosche

Research Manager

Ingo Kollosche

Research Manager

  • since October 2018 at the IZT
  • Research Manager Futurology and Transformation
  • Focus on strategic preview, design projects, process moderation, method development
  • 2010 - 2017 Research Associate Integrated Transport Planning TU Berlin
  • previously Facilitor at Foresight Intelligence and TIBER Innovation Consulting
  • Work as a PR consultant
  • 2000 - 2009 Project manager at STRG and futurology institute Daimler AG
  • Studies in social science and politics

Katrin Ludwig

Researcher

Katrin Ludwig

Researcher

  • since 2015 at the IZT
  • Master's programme Regenerative Energy Systems (M. Sc.) at the TU Berlin
  • Bachelor's degree programme Environmental Engineering/Regenerative Energies (B. Sc.) at HTW Berlin
  • Student assistant at the German Energy Agency GmbH
  • Experience in planning and installing photovoltaic systems at Parabel AG
  • Training as a biology laboratory technician

Dr Jan-Henrik Meyer

Senior Researcher

Dr Jan-Henrik Meyer

Senior Researcher

  • since May 2020 in the research field "Communication & Public Sphere" at the IZT
  • Parallel research at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History and the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
  • Lecturer in European Studies at the FU Berlin and NTNU Trondheim
  • 2015-2019 Sub-project leader in the EU project HoNESt - History of Nuclear Energy and Society
  • 2010-2016 Researcher, Assistant and Associate Professor at Aarhus University

Britta Oertel

Research Director

Britta Oertel

Research Director

  • since 1993 at the IZT
  • Head of Research "Public Sphere & Communication" and "Technology Assessment, Participation & Evaluation
  • Member of the IZT Supervisory Board
  • Since 2014 Member of the Expert Committee on Science of the German Commission for UNESCO
  • Leading the IZT's work as a consortium member of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag
  • Studied Information Science and Geography at the Free University of Berlin

Prof. Holger Rohn

Freelance Research Associate

Prof. Holger Rohn

Freelance Research Associate

  • Freelance researcher at the IZT since 2017
  • Since 2017 Professorship at the TH Mittelhessen, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management and Life Cycle Department
  • 2011-2017 Managing Director of Faktor 10 - Institute for Sustainable Management
  • 2004-2017 Managing Director Trifolium - Consulting Company
  • 1996-2007 Managing Director Trifolium - Beratungsgesellschaft für zukunftsfähiges Wirtschaften (Consulting Company for Sustainable Management)
  • 1987-1994 Mechanical Engineering at the TU Darmstadt

Friederike Ruge

Researcher

Friederike Ruge

Researcher

  • Since 2022 Research Associate in the Research Field "Mobility & Urbanity" at the IZT
  • 2019-2022 Junior researcher and science communication, previously student assistant at the IZT
  • until 2021 Master's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin
  • until 2015 double-subject Bachelor of Hispanic Studies and Ethnology at the Georg-August University of Göttingen

Dr Michael Scharp

Research Manager

Dr Michael Scharp

Research Manager

  • Head of the research field "Education & Digital Media" and at the IZT since 1996
  • Work focuses on education and method development, energy, resources, housing and services
  • Many years of expertise in managing national and international projects

Malte Schmidthals

Senior Researcher

Malte Schmidthals

Senior Researcher

  • Senior Researcher "Education and Digital Media" at the IZT since 2017
  • 1992 to 2017 Head of Department "Climate Protection and Environmental Education" and part of the management at the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues e.V.
  • Diploma studies "Technical Environmental Protection" at the Technical University of Berlin

Marguerite Sievi

Junior scientist

Marguerite Sievi

Junior scientist

  • Junior researcher at the IZT since November 2022
  • Working as an ecological federal volunteer at the IZT since May 2022
  • Master's degree in "Environmental Science and Management" at the Free University of Brussels until 2021
  • 2020 Intern at Greenpeace in mobilisation and implementation of awareness-raising campaigns
  • until 2018 Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and Humanities at the Free University of Brussels

Lisa Steck

Researcher

Lisa Steck

Researcher

  • Since July 2018 as a research assistant at the IZT
  • until 2017 Studies of Economics (M. Sc.) at the TU Dresden with focus on integration of climate change into economic growth models
  • Until 2014 Bachelor's degree in economics at the TU Dresden

Dr Dirk Thomas

Research Manager

Dr Dirk Thomas

Research Manager

  • Since May 2020 Head of Research for "Mobility & Urbanity" at the IZT
  • 2018 to 2020 research associate at the Institute for Design Research (IDF) at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts (HBK)
  • 2008 to 2020 Freelancers in the field of market and social research
  • 1996 to 2002 Sociology studies with the subsidiary subjects Political Science and Law at the Technical University of Braunschweig

André Uhl

Senior Researcher

André Uhl

Senior Researcher

  • Since June 2017 as a research assistant at the IZT
  • 2015 to 2017 freelance researcher for the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna in the field of foresight
  • 2013 to 2015 Master's programme in Futurology at the Free University of Berlin
  • previously studied human geography, ethnology and economics (diploma) at the University of Trier

Dr Nele Wulf

Researcher

Dr Nele Wulf

Researcher

  • since April 2022 as project manager "CO:DINA" at the IZT in the research area "Digitisation
  • Focus on digitalisation, visions of the future in innovation and transformation processes, sustainability from the perspective of the sociology of technology
  • previously research and teaching at ITAS/KIT, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Hochschule Furtwangen
  • Doctorate on the constitutive significance of non-knowledge for the process of nuclear waste disposal
  • Studied Sociology and Sinology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

Roland Zieschank

Researcher

Roland Zieschank

Researcher

  • since 2022 as head of the joint project "Bio-Mo-D" at the IZT
  • Previous research on the inclusion of ecosystems in environmental economic accounts for the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
  • Focal areas of work include the topics of environmental information and development of national indicators
  • Study of administrative science

Administration

Students, volunteers (ÖBFD, FÖJ), interns

Nina Bechtold

Student assistant

Nina Bechtold

Student assistant

  • since May 2022 student assistant in science communication at the IZT
  • since 2022 Master's degree in "Media Studies" at the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2021 Bachelor "Media Business
  • 2021 Working student in communication at stoba e-Systems
  • 2019 Semester abroad "Media Management" at the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm

Lea Behnke

Student assistant

Lea Behnke

Student assistant

  • since August 2020 student assistant in the research area "Education & Digital Media
  • currently studying for a Bachelor's degree in "Transport Engineering" at the TU Berlin
  • 2019 Bachelor's degree in "Biology" at the FU Berlin

Felix Eichbaum

Student assistant

Felix Eichbaum

Student assistant

  • Since July 2021 student assistant in the research field "Digitalisation" at the IZT
  • Master's programme "Theory and History of Science and Technology" at the Technical University of Berlin
  • 2021 Bachelor's degree in Science Communication at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • 2019 to 2021 Student assistant in the research project "Science in Presentations" of KIT and the National Institute for Science Communication

Franziska Elstorpff

Student assistant

Franziska Elstorpff

Student assistant

  • Since January 2023 student assistant in the research field "Education and Digital Media
  • since October 2022 as a compulsory intern at the IZT
  • Student of the Bachelor of Political Science at the TU Munich

Lea Wing

Student assistant

Lea Wing

Student assistant

  • since October 2022 as a student assistant in the administration at the IZT
  • Parallel study of Sustainable Management at the TU Berlin
  • since November 2021 ecological federal volunteer and hygiene officer at the IZT
  • previously an honorary position with the German Life Saving Society (Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft)
  • Baccalaureate in July 2021
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Gregor Gärtner

Student intern

Gregor Gärtner

Student intern

  • Student Internship January 2023 at the IZT
  • Heinrich Hertz High School, Berlin

Lennart Keil

Student assistant

Lennart Keil

Student assistant

  • Student assistant at the IZT in the research field Health and Wellbeing since August 2022
  • currently studying for a Master's degree in Computer Science and Statistics
  • B. A. Political Science at LMU Munich (February 2022)
  • Working student at the Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech) - Platform for Learning Systems since December 2019
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Lina Mittelstädt

Student assistant

Lina Mittelstädt

Student assistant

  • since January 2023 as a student assistant in the research field "Education and Digital Media" at the IZT
  • Parallel studies B. Sc. Technical Environmental Protection at the TU Berlin
  • previously FSJ from 2018 to 2019 at a German school in Spain (kulturweit - German UNESCO Commission)
  • Baccalaureate in June 2018
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Charlotte Neipperg

Trainee

Charlotte Neipperg

Trainee

  • since January 2023 as an intern in the research field "Resources, Economies and Resilience" at the IZT
  • Student of the Master's programme Futurology at the FU Berlin
  • Study focus on socio-ecological transformation processes
  • Background in business administration and marketing
  • practical experience in strategic communication and brand consulting

Paula Steiner

Student assistant

Paula Steiner

Student assistant

  • Since April 2022 student assistant in the research area "Energy, Climate & Infrastructure
  • Study of Futurology (M. A.) at the Free University of Berlin
  • until 2018 Bachelor in Social Sciences

Niklas Wagner

Voluntary Ecological Year

Niklas Wagner

Voluntary Ecological Year

  • since September 2022 as a volunteer in the Ecological Year at the IZT
  • Successful completion of the practical part of his or her specialist baccalaureate degree
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Annika Wendschuh

Student intern

Annika Wendschuh

Student intern

  • Student internship at the IZT in January 2023
  • 9th grade at the Köpenick Protestant School, Berlin

Benno Wolbring

Student assistant

Benno Wolbring

Student assistant

  • since October 2022 as a student assistant in the research field Education and Digital Media
  • from September 2021 to August 2022 at the IZT within the framework of the Voluntary Ecological Year