Jürgen Kurths, head of the Research Domain Transdisciplinary Concepts and Methods at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea, an independent European science association. He is a member of the Section of Physics and Engineering Sciences.
Membership of Academia Europaea is by invitation and follows a peer review selection process by an advisory commission. “In many instances, Kurths has discovered and identified new phenomena and has initiated new research directions in physics which as well have triggered applications in various fields, ranging from physics and chemistry via cardiology to geosciences,” the Academy’s declaration states.
As member of the Academia Europaea, Kurths hopes to get new impulses through interdisciplinary exchange among Europe’s intellectual elite. “I see a variety of opportunities to present the original approach of sustainability science, as developed at PIK, and to discuss it,” said the mathematician and physician.
At PIK, Kurths examines the dynamics of so-called complex networks and thereby brings a new approach to the understanding of climate change and its interaction with ecology and socio-economy. Kurths is also professor at the Institute of Physics at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
The Academia Europaea was founded in Cambridge in 1988. It aims at promoting education and research in Europe and has over 2000 academic members, among them thirty-eight Nobel Laureates. Jürgen Kurths is the second PIK scientist to become a member. Stefan Rahmstorf, oceanographer and paleoclimatologist at PIK, received this distinction in 2006.
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