Dr Sebastian Helgenberger

Head of Energy Transition Programme
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IASS Project(s)

  • Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy (TPEC)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Dr. Sebastian Helgenberger heads the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change (TPEC) at IASS. Sebastian Helgenberger graduated in Environmental Studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg and conducted his master thesis at ETH Zurich on the societal impact of transdisciplinary research. He also holds a PhD in socio-economics. Between 2010 and 2014 Sebastian held the position as scientific research coordinator for European Research Policy at BOKU Centre for Global Change and Sustainability  in Vienna, where he also chaired the international JPI CLIMATE  Working Group of research funders and experts on 'societal transformation in the face of climate change'.
  • Between 2010 and 2013 Sebastian Helgenberger coordinated the organizational development of the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA)  as national alliance of climate research institutions and managed the CCCA secretariat during this period.
  • Throughout his activities Sebastian Helgenberger has been committed to advancing and experimenting with the transdisciplinary and transformative potential of science and research to accompany societal change and also brings his enthusiasm for an open access to knowledge to IASS.

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Brand, Ulrich, Achim Brunnengräber, Steinar Andresen, Peter Driessen, Helmut Haberl, Daniel Hausknost, Sebastian Helgenberger, Kirsten Hollaender, Jeppe Læssøe, Sebastian Oberthür, Ines Omann, Uwe Schneidewind (2013) Debating transformation in multiple crises. World Social Science Report 2013, ISSC Paris.
  • Walter, A., Helgenberger, S.,Wiek, A. & Scholz, R. W. (2007): Measuring societal effects of transdisciplinary research projects. Design and application of an evaluation method. Evaluation and Program Planning 30: 335 – 338.

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • Helgenberger (2013): Transformative Research in Europe: Can research accompany societal change? Should it? Key note, Science for the Environment Conference, Aarhus, Okt. 2013
  • Helgenberger (2013): Climate-friendly research – Offering positive role models. Opening talk. Climate-friendly Climate Research virtual conference, November



Dr. Sebastian Helgenberger, Scientific Project Leader