September 27, 2005 (Tue)
Weizsäcker, Ernst Ulrich von
(Member of the German Bundestag, Germany)
"Buildings Technology in the Vanguard of Ecoefficiency"

Biography of Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

born 1939 (25 June) in Zuerich, Switzerland, studied Chemistry and Physics (1965 Diploma, Hamburg University) and Biology (Ph.D. Freiburg University, 1969).
1969-1972 Interdisciplinary Research in Heidelberg
1972-1975 Professor for Interdisciplinary Biology at Essen University
1975-1980 Founding President of the University of Kassel
1981-1984 Director at the United Nations Centre for Science and Technology for Development
1984-1991 Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) in Bonn, London and Paris
1991-2000 President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy
Since 1991 Member of the Club of Rome
Since Oct. 1998 Member of the German Parliament
2000-2002 Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Enquiry "Globalisation of the Economy - Challenges and Responses"
Since 2002 Member of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation
Since Oct, 2002 Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety 1969-1972 Senior Fellow, Protestant Research Institute, Heidelberg.

1978 : Pfaff Prize for Education.
1989 : Premio de Natura, shared with PM Gro Harlem Brundtland.
1991 : Honorary Professor, Techn. University of Valparaiso, Chile.
1991 : Member, Club of Rome
1996 : Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medal of WWF International.
2000 : Honorary Degree, Soka University, Japan.
2001 : Takeda Award, shared with. F. Schmidt-Bleek.

Major English Language Publications:
1983   New Frontiers in Technology Application: Integration of Emerging and Traditional Technologies (Ed & contrib., with M.S.Swaminathan and A. Lemma). Dublin: Tycooly.
1992   Ecological Tax Reform: Policy Proposal for Sustainable Development (with Jochen Jesinghaus) London: Zed Books.
1994   Earth Politics. London: Zed Books. Also Spanish and Japanese editions appeared in 1994.
1995   Factor Four. Doubling Wealth - Halving Resource Use. A Report to the Club of Rome (with Amory B. and L. Hunter Lovins), London: Earthscan. Also available in Chinese, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Hungarian.
2005   (forthcoming) Limits to Privatization - How to Avoid Too Much of A Good Thing. (with Oran Young and Matthias Finger) London, Earthscan