Short CV/Education and training


  • 1984 – 1993
    Abitur (German A levels), Albert-Einstein Gymnasium St. Augustin, Germany (grade 1,0), best of the year

  • 1993 – 1999
    Graduate studies in Physics at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. Specialisation: solar energy

  • 2001 – 2006
    PhD in Physics (magna cum laude), University of Potsdam, Germany. Title: On Intrinsic Uncertainties in Earth System Modelling, supervised by Prof. John Schellnhuber

Professional Experience:

  • 1999 – 2001
    Employee in the R&D department of the Phönix SonnenWärme AG, Berlin, Germany. Responsible for the advancement of solar thermal plants

  • 2007 – 2015
    Senior Scientist at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the Research Domain Sustainable Solutions in different responsibilities

  • 2009 – 2011
    Senior Advisor of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the IPCC Working Group III for the preparation of the Special Report on Renewable Energies (SRREN)

  • 2011 – 2015
    Head of the working group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany at PIK

  • 2012 – 2015
    Deputy Head of Research Domain Sustainable Solutions at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

    Since 2015
    Secretary General of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin

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Selected publications

  • Knopf, Brigitte; Yen-Heng Henry Chen, Enrica De Cian, Hannah Förster, Amit Kanudia, Ioanna Karkatsouli, Ilkka Keppo , Tiina Koljonen, Katja Schumacher, Detlef P. van Vuuren. Beyond 2020 – Strategies and costs for transforming the European energy system. Climate Change Economics, Vol 4, supp01, DOI: 10.1142/S2010007813400010

  • Knopf, B., M. Pahle, H. Kondziella, F. Joas, O. Edenhofer, Th. Bruckner. Germany’s Nuclear Phase-out: Sensitivities and Impacts on Electricity Prices and CO2 Emissions. EEEP, 2014, Vol 3, No 1

  • Knopf, B., M. Kowarsch, O. Edenhofer, G. Luderer. Climate Change Mitigation: Options, Costs and Risks. In: Edenhofer et al. (Eds.): Climate Change, Justice and Sustainability – Linking Climate and Development Policy. Springer, 2012

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Coordination of the Euro-CASE Assessment on the reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme EU-ETS (with PIK and MCC), 2013-2014

  • Leading the EMF28 model comparison on The Effects of Technology Choices on EU Climate Policy with 12 European modeling teams, 2011-2014

  • Scientific coordination of the model comparison on „Mitigation at the global level” of the EU Project ADAM (Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies), 2007-2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Energy Platform of Euro-CASE (European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering)

  • Member of the Ad-hoc Group „Europäische Integration“ of the German Project Energiesysteme der Zukunft (ESYS) (Energy Systems of the Future)

  • Member of the acatech Group „Finanzierung der Energiewende“

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Networking


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