Portrait of Ernst Ulrich v. Weizsäcker


Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Born June 25, 1939 in Zürich, Switzerland.
After studying physics in Hamburg, Germany, he received his PhD in biology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 1968. In 1972 he became Professor of Biology at the University of Essen and switched then as founding president to the University of Kassel. Further steps in his life:
  • 1981 - 1984: Director of the UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development in New York
  • 1984 - 1991: Director of the Institute of European Environmental Policy, Bonn, Paris, London
  • 1991: Founding President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Engery
  • 1998 - 2005: Member of the German Parliament for the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Chairman of the Environment Committee
  • 2006 - 2008: Dean of Donal Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California, USA
  • Co-President of the International Resource Panel (UNEP)
  • Co-President of the Club of Rome
  • Honorary Member of the World Future Council
Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is a pioneer in the field of environmental policy both academic and policy wise. In 2009 he published the book “Factor Five: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity”, coauthored by Charlie Hargroves et al. The authers show how society can become five times more energy efficient mainly through improved technologies.
Prof. von Weizäcker won a couple of prizes throughout his carrier including Premio de Natura (1989), Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medal of WWF International (1996), Takeda Award, shared with. F. Schmidt-Bleek (2001), German Environment Prize (2008), Federal High Cross of Merit (2010), Theodor Heuss Prize (2011).
The World Student Environmental Summit 2013 was proud to have Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker as a patron of the summit and to be able to welcome him as a speaker during the opening ceremony.

Portrait of Vandana Shiva


Dr. Vandana Shiva

Born November 5, 1952 in Deharun, India.
Dr. Vandana Shiva, a trained physicist, did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory”.

In 1982, she set up her own Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in her home town of Dehra Dun in the foothills of the Himalaya. The most important acting areas of Dr. Shiva and her foundation are: agriculture and genetic resources, biodiversity, World Bank and WTO campaigns, ecology and gender.

In 1993 Dr. Shiva was awarded by the Right Livelihood Award for placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse.

Thereafter she was honored by many further awards. Some of these are Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of the UN, Earth Day International Award, the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace, and the Sydney Peace Prize 2010.

She is a member of the Club of Rome and the international organization for a participatory society (IOPS).


"Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative."

-Vandana Shiva-

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