Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is former dean of the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara and current co-president of the Club of Rome. During the 1970s, he was president of the University in Kassel before taking up the post of Director of the UN Centre for Science and Technology in New York. From 1984 to 1991, he was the Director of the Institute for European Environment Politics, and from 1991 to 2000 Prof. von Weizsäcker was the President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. From 1998 to 2005, he was a member of the German Parliament. He is the author of many books and publications and was honored with the Takeda Award in 2001. He has a PhD in biology from the University of Freiburg.