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Professor Dr. Beate Jessel

Beate Jessel was born in Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart, in 1962 and studied landscape management at the Technical University of Munich from 1982 to 1989. Following her studies she worked as a scientific assistant and project manager at Planungsbüro Schaller, a landscape management consultancy in Kranzberg near Munich.

From 1992 to 1999, Beate Jessel headed the Department of Environmentally Oriented Planning at the Bavarian Academy of Nature Conservation and Landscape Management, Laufen. In 1998 she gained her doctorate in agriculture at the Technical University of Munich under Professor Wolfgang Haber (doctoral thesis: ‘Landscapes as a Subject of Planning: Observations on the Theory of Environmentally Oriented Planning’).

In 1999, Beate Jessel was appointed Professor of Landscape Planning at the University of Potsdam (Institute of Geoecology). In 2006, she moved to the Technical University of Munich, where she held the Chair of Strategy and Management in Landscape Development (Allianz Foundation Professorship).

Beate Jessel has been President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation since 2 November 2007.


Beate Jessel currently holds the following honorary offices:

  • Member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES)
  • International Team Member of the CCICED (China Council for International Cooperation in Environment and Development) Special Policy Study (SPS) on „Post 2020: Global Biodiversity Conservation”
  • Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Nature Conservation History (Stiftung Naturschutzgeschichte)
  • Member of the Executive Board of the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA)
  • Member of the University Council of Geisenheim University
  • Member of the foundation board of the Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity in Bonn
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Working Group of the German Federal Departmental Research Establishments (AG Ressortforschung)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable Spatial Development (ZENARIO), Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg
  • Member of the Editorial Board of GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society
  • Member of the Editor's Advisory Board of the journal "Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung"

President of BfN

picture of Prof. Beate Jessel

Last Change: 22/11/2018

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