Deputy Program Director, Energy Program, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Volker graduated in theoretical physics from the University of Dortmund (Germany) in 2002. In 2003, he joined the Institute of Energy Research – Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation of the Research Centre Julich, where he continued to work until 2007. Since 2006, he has held a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany). Volker first visited IIASA as a participant of the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) in 2004. He joined IIASA’s Energy Program in October 2007 and since October 2011, is the Deputy Program Director.
Volker’s main fields of scientific interest are the integrated assessment of climate change and energy challenges, including energy security and energy access. His work focuses on the development and application of integrated assessment models with different regional focuses (national to global scale) and time horizons. In addition, decision making under uncertainty, in particular in the context of future energy transitions and climate change mitigation strategies has been an important part of Volker’s research activities.
He has been appointed Lead Author of the recently published IPCC 5th Assessment Report of Working Group III, a Lead Author of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), and a Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. Since 2010, he has been an Associate Deputy Editor of the well-known journal Climatic Change. Volker also teaches in an MSc program on “Renewable Energy in Central and Eastern Europe” at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria).