- Global Energy Transition
- Systemic Risks
- Socially Sustainable Energy Transition
- Pathways to Sustainable Energy
- Decarbonisation of the Energy System
- Knowledge, Learning and Societal Change Alliance (KLASICA)
- Digitalisation and Impacts on Sustainability
- Potsdam Summer School
- Identification and analysis of promising technologies for carbon capture and use (CCU)
- Development of standardised guidelines for the lifecycle assessment of carbon dioxide conversion
- Development of standardised guidelines for the techno-economic assessment of carbon dioxide conversion processes
- CO2Min – Mineral Sequestration of CO2
- Mobilising the Multiple Opportunities of Renewable Energies
- Kopernikus Project Energy Transition Navigation System (Enavi)
- CO2 Plus – Broadening the Raw Material Base through the Utilisation of CO2
- Green Growth and Win-Win Strategies for Sustainable Climate Action (Green-Win)
- Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (DOLFINS)
- BEyond State-of-the-art Technologies for rePowering Ac corridors and multi-Terminal HVDC Systems (BEST PATHS)
- Co-Creation and Contemporary Policy Advice
- Air Quality Modelling for Policy Advice
- Futurisation of Politics
- Governance and Participation
- Climate Engineering in Science, Society and Politics
- A Sustainable Atmosphere for the Kathmandu Valley (SusKat)
- Contextualizing Climate Engineering and Mitigation: Illusion, Complement, or Substitute?
- An Assessment of the Impact of Black Carbon on Air Quality and Climate in the Kathmandu Valley and Surrounding Area – A Model Study (BERLiKUM)
Professor Renn is a Scientific Director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany). He remains affiliated to his former institute, the Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS), and continues to direct, together with Dr Marion Dreyer and Agnes Lampke, the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes. Renn is Adjunct Professor for Integrated Risk Analysis at Stavanger University (Norway) and Affiliate Professor for Risk Governance at Beijing Normal University.
Professor Renn’s main research activities at the IASS focus on the role of systemic risks as threats to sustainable development, and the structures and processes for sustainable transformations in Germany and beyond. In line with IASS tradition, he will specifically investigate transitions related to energy systems and energy governance. Here, he aims to contribute to the mission of the institute to become a highly reputable and acknowledged international centre for transdisciplinary studies on sustainable development.
Professor Renn has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Cologne. His career has included teaching and research positions at the Jülich Research Centre (Germany), Clark University (Worcester, USA), the Swiss Institute of Technology (Zurich) and the Center of Technology Assessment (Stuttgart). He is a member of several boards, including the National Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China and the Governing Board of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). In the past he served on the panel on “Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making” of the US National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. (from 2005 to 2007) and on the German Federal Government’s Commission on Energy Ethics after Fukushima (2011). He was elected president of the International Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) for the period from 2012 to 2013. Ortwin Renn has published more than 30 books and 250 articles. The book Risk Governance (Earthscan: London, 2008) is his most prominent monograph.