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Tyndall Centre Director receives CBE

Mon, 01 Nov 2004

Professor John Schellnhuber, a Director of both the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research in Germany has been awarded an honorary CBE in recognition of his key contribution to climate change science and to UK and German co-operation.

Professor Schellnhuber will be congratulated on his award when he meets Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when she opens the major British-German climate change conference 'Climate change: Meeting the challenge together' at the British Embassy in Berlin on 3 November. Professor Schellnhuber has been central in the organisation of the conference, which will make recommendations to the British Prime Minister for the UK's G8 and EU Presidency during 2005. The Prime Minister has made it clear that climate change will be a main priority during the Presidency.

"John's dual role as Research Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Potsdam Institute has created a unique working relationship between our two institutes" says Prof. Chris Vincent, Head of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, home to the Tyndall Centre's headquarters.

The conference brings together top scholars, policy makers, industrialists, NGOs and media to look at the role of science and technology for what the Prime Minister has described as "the world's greatest environmental challenge". The high-level speakers include UK Environment Minister Margaret Beckett, UK Chief Scientific Advisor Sir David King, German Federal Ministers Trittin and Bulmahn, and Professor Schellnhuber.

The broad themes of the conference are:

• The social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change

• How to set greenhouse reduction targets beyond the Kyoto Protocol

• What are the key technical and social innovations to reduce global warming

• How to attract investment into new sustainable technologies

Professor Schellnhuber's research has helped to advance our understanding of the crucial processes and factors involved in climate change. A major contribution is his key role in identifying what he calls the 'tipping points' or the Achilles Heels of the Planet - areas where global warming could produce runaway environmental change.

Honorary CBEs are awarded to non-British citizens - Professor Schellnhuber was born in Bavaria in 1950 and moved to the UK in 2002. It will be awarded by the British Ambassador, Sir Peter Torry, later this year.