AMME, Jonathan

Since August 2015, Jonathan has been working as a research associate in the field of Transformation of Energy Systems at the Reiner Lemoine Institut in Berlin. His focus is on renewable energy in power systems including modeling, optimization and power grids. After graduating from the HTW Berlin (environmental engineering/renewable energy) he researched the potential of small wind turbines in urban areas.

In one of his recent projects WindNODE (SINTEG), he analyzes centralized and decentralized energy system concepts with high shares of renewable energy for different regions. Jonathan is interested in stakeholder participation and engaged in the Kopernikus project ENavi. In this research project he develops Stakeholder Empowerment (StEmp) Tools (web applications) that allow people to participate in energy transition processes

BECKER, Sophia

holds a diploma in psychology from the University of Münster, Germany and a PhD in sociology on individual rebound behaviour in car-based mobility from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. In 2015 she was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, CA, USA.

Since January 2017 she is a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam (IASS) where she is engaged in the Kopernikus Project Energy Transition Navigation System. Her main research interests are: interventions for sustainable mobility behaviour, shared mobility, quality of life and rebound behaviour.


is a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, where he is responsible for the research and development of a distributed district energy management system that optimizes both the energy systems in the district and the interaction with the higher-level energy network. Stefan has been working at Fraunhofer ISE in the field of Smart Grid ICT since November 2017. His current work focus is on decentralized energy management systems.

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is Research Associate in the Pathways for Sustainable Energy Project. He studied Earth Sciences at the D'Annunzio University (Italy) and completed his PhD in Geochemistry at the UCL London in 2012. He joined the IASS in January 2013 and he is strongly engaged in the debate on natural gas as a bridging fuel to renewable energy systems, with a particular focus on methane leaks, and carbon capture and utilization (CCU) within the CO2nsistent Project. His research is also focusing on investigating the heating sector, and the role and potential that smart heating technologies may have in supporting the energy Transition.

 DREHER, Alexander

joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology at the beginning of 2017 after gathering experience at the German Chambers of Commerce and Industries (AHK) in Montevideo/Uruguay and Buenos Aires/Argentina as well as at the DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research). The main focus of his work at Fraunhofer IEE is the topic energy management. He leads the strategic energy management process of the institute through his responsibility for the IEE.Ems. Second focus of his work is the topic Load Frequency Control & Reserves, on which Alexander is leading a joint project with one of the 4 German TSOs since the beginning of 2019. Alexander engages in the topic of Smart Markets in the SINTEG projects New 4.0 and C/Sells, among others, in which future local flexibility markets are developed and simulated with the aim of creating market-based solutions for grid management measures (particularly congestion management).


works as a Senior Research Associate in the research group “Digitalisation and Sustainability” at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. Before joining the IASS, she worked as a project manager at an international consultancy firm, focusing on the topics of environment and security, climate change and renewable energy policies. Her research at the IASS concentrates on the implications of digital technologies for countries in the Global South. She is particularly interested in the effects of digital change on development processes and international cooperation. In a current research project funded by GIZ and UNIDO, she explores the opportunities of digitalisation to advance rural electrification and productive use of renewable energies in Sub-Saharan Africa and reflects upon potential risks and challenges for inclusive development. Kerstin Fritzsche studied political science, Middle Eastern studies and journalism in Leipzig and Stockholm, with a focus on international relations and development theory.


graduated from Oldenburg University in 1998 and started his career in the energy meteorology group in Oldenburg. In 2003 he changed to DLR to develop and implement a large archive of remote sensing data for the assessment of solar energy potentials. From 2009 to 2018 he was the acting head of the department of systems analysis and technology assessment. He is currently working on the joined transformation of the energy and transport sector.

LUCHA, Christine

has worked at Ecologic Institute as a Senior Fellow since 2003. She focuses on international, European and national energy policy, renewable energy law and public participation. Christine Lucha takes a particularly great interest in answering the legal, sociopolitical, technical and economic questions related to the implementation of the German energy transformation.

Her recent projects include legal research in the context of the funding programme "Smart Energy Showcases – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition" (SINTEG), the analysis and structuring of a comprehensive energy law with a focus on electricity disclosure and the legal regulatory procedures, both for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and support of the European Commission (DG Environment) in implementing the European Union's Action Plan on Environmental Compliance Assurance and Governance. Moreover, she was involved in the analysis of cost and financing aspects of Community Renewable Energy Projects in Germany and Denmark for the IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD), institutional aspects of the implementation of the European Network Codes in Germany for the BMWi, and the development of strategies and solutions for the uptake of new wind energy technologies on the basis of an assessment of possible barriers for the European Commission (DG Energy). From 2007 to 2010, Christine Lucha worked as a lawyer and mediator for the Clearingstelle EEG|KWKG, an organisation established in accordance with the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

Christine Lucha holds a Master's degree in energy management from the University of Koblenz-Landau and wrote her Master's thesis in Aalborg (Denmark) on optimising the share of renewable energy in electricity systems in the European Union. Christine Lucha studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Coimbra (Portugal), specializing in European and national environmental law. Aside from her work at Ecologic Institute, Christine Lucha has completed trainings in mediation with a focus on nature protection and energy system transition and as a psychodrama practitioner.



joined the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam) in 2011 and has been working on topics related to the energy system. Her current research interests include innovative technologies for high-power transmission (such as superconducting HVDC links), potential of smart space heating as an efficiency measure, and grid integration of distributed energy resources.

Previously Adela conducted fundamental research at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, after obtaining a PhD in atomic physics at JILA in Boulder, Colorado, USA.


is a sustainability scientist who examines stakeholder processes in the transformation to a low-carbon economy in Europe, with a special focus on sustainable mobility and green investment. Currently, Jahel is working on an interactive methodology for stakeholder dialogues conducted in a visualization environment called Decision Theater.

NÖLLE, Christoph

is a researcher in the fields of automated customer energy management, electro-mobility and renewable energies integration, working at Fraunhofer IEE in Kassel. His interests range from device control and automation to software simulations of the energy system. He ia a co-developer of the energy management software framework OGEMA. 

PFEIFER, Friederike


lives in Berlin and works as a Legal Research Associate at IKEM - the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility. Her research focuses on the legal framework for electromobility, charging infrastructure and sustainable mobility concepts. In this field, she is also working on a PhD at Greifswald University (Prof. Dr. Rodi).
REETZ, Fabian

is head of digital energy transition at the Berlin-based Think Tank “Stiftung Neue Verantwortung”. With his work he addresses the question, how digital technologies can be utilized to make the energy transition work on a system-level. He researches different market designs that challenge the status quo of our energy economy and combines this with the effectstechnologies like Blockchain, Machine Learning or Big Data have will have in the field. In the

last years he worked in diverse projects concerning connected mobility and smart grids at the Innovation Centre for Mobility and societal Change - InnoZ. Here, among other things, he coordinated the “Schaufenster” project “Micro Smart Grid EUREF” which was funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - BMWi. Within this project a real life operational smart grid was developed and deployed.

Besides that, he was one of the Co-Founders of the High Tech Accelerator AtomLeap, which

helps innovative Startups to bring their ideas to market. Fabian studied Industrial Engineering in Berlin and Sydney. He is an expert for energy- systems and economics, smart grids, Blockchain and electric mobility.



a climatologist by training with a PhD in experimental atmospheric physics, has been analyzing energy policies and their impacts in the electricity and heat sector for more than 6 years at IASS Potsdam. Most recently, he has been investigating the economics of smart space heating, a potentially interesting efficiency measure for the German building stock.


Since 2015 he is managing director of HOWOGE Wärme GmbH in Berlin. He studied energy engineering in Aachen and Berlin, Germany. From 1995 until 2015 he worked as project manager in various engineering and contracting companies. His special field of expertise is in heat and power supply with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings.
SCHOLZ, Roland


(Prof. Dr. em. ETH) is currently chief senior scientists of sustainable digital environments and professor at Danube University, Krems, Austria, Faculty of Economics and Globalization Department of Knowledge (Department of Knowledge and Information Management). Together with Ortwin Renn, he is one of the facilitators of the DiDaT project (Responsible Use of Data as Subject of a Transdisciplinary Process) at IASS, Potsdam.

Scholz held the Chair of Environmental Sciences: Natural and Social Science Interface at the Department of Environmental System Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich, Switzerland; 1993-2013). He has been also been (in parallel) adjunct professor (PD) of Psychology at the Universities of Mannheim and Zurich (1988-2013). Scholz was elected as the fifth holder of the King Carl Gustaf XVI Professorship in Environmental Sciences 2001/2002 at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenborg (Sweden). Scholz has been the founder and CEO (from 1989-2003) of the Gesellschaft für Organisation und Entscheidung, a consultancy firm working in the field of credit management, risk management of housing cooperatives and assessment of environmental risk. He has been senior advisor for phosphorus cycle management at Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), Germany from 2013 till 2019.

Scholz graduated in mathematics (Dipl. Math., 1976, University of Marburg, Germany), social psychology (Dr. phil.) and cognitive psychology (Dr. phil. habil., both at the University of Mannheim, Germany) and has been guest professor/researcher at MIT, Harvard, Carnegy Mellon (USA), University of British Columbia (Canada), Chalmers University and Gothenburg University (Sweden), Boku Vienna and University of Graz (Austria), and Leuphana University (Germany). He published more than 500 book, book chapters and scientific papers.

Scholz dedicated his research to challenging societal large scale questions. His research started from mathematical and psychological theory of conflicts and decisions (background: cold war), and risk perception and assessment (at the Universities of Marburg, Bielefeld, and Mannheim, 1973-1993). Then, for two decades, he worked as full professor for Natural and Social Science Interface. Here focused on resilient coupled human and environmental systems (background: environmental resources management depletion). Scholz has been one of the pioneers and promoters of transdisciplinarity (background: society need a transition of science for to science with society). He was running more than about 25 large scale regional, international, and, and global transdisciplinary case studies on sustainable transitioning of urban and regional systems, organizations, policy processes, and global biogeochemical cycle management (i.e., phosphorus). Key noticed that too less research is spent on rebound effects, tipping points, change of power, etc. related to the digital revolution. Thus, in in 2015, together with colleagues from the Danube University of Krems (DUK, Austria), together with Peter Parycek and Gerald Steiner, he initiated a Transdisciplinarity Laboratory (TdLab) on Sustainable Digital Environments (SDE). Scholz (co-)authored or co-edited about 45 books and edited about 400 papers (



works as a Research Associate in the research group 'Digitalisation and Impacts on Sustainability' at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. He holds a degree in International Development Studies (M.Sc.) from the University of Amsterdam and wrote his thesis on the impact of informal microfinance on gender inequality in rural Western Kenya. For this, he designed and carried out a mixed-methods fieldwork project including quantitative, qualitative and participatory techniques. Overall, his research interests concern sustainability issues in development contexts, as well as questions related to social inequality and far-right political parties in Europe. Prior to joining the IASS, Luke worked for different NGOs and research institutes in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Kenya - whereas he is currently also completing the Research Training Program in Social Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin.
TRISTÁN, Alejandro

is a Mechanical Engineer, currently working as an energy researcher at the Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, where he analyses the energy flexibility potential of industrial production plants. Currently, he is developing his doctoral studies on the subject, focusing on three main research areas: identification of energy flexibility measures, the influences these measures might have on the energy and material flows of an industrial site and how these measures allow industrial plants to interact with the current energy markets. 

Alejandro worked before as an applications and design engineer of electromechanical systems in production plants, including infrastructure for mission-critical facilities.   Before his doctoral studies, Alejandro has worked with P2X technologies, particularly focused on the renewable hydrogen value chain.  


is a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE and the University of Kassel, where he is also working on his PhD. His main research focuses are intelligent, automated planning of distribution grids as well as grid planning under future uncertainty in the context of renewable energies and electro-mobility. After graduating from the University of Kassel in 2017 (M.Sc. in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency), he was involved in the German grid integration study “Verteilnetzstudie Hessen”. Most recently, he is engaged in the Kopernikus project ENSURE, where he is investigating future distribution grids and grid transformation paths.

WOLF, Sarah

is a mathematician who works on economic and agent-based modelling to better understand global challenges. Her particular research interest is the topic of green growth, i.e. combining environmental, economic, and social benefits, in particular in the context of a sustainable mobility transition.