Prof. Wim van Vierssen Chairs Advisory Committee, Prof. Joseph Alcamo Joins as New Committee Member

  • 2020/01/02     Dresden, Germany

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    UNU-FLORES is excited to welcome Prof. Wim van Vierssen as the new Chair and Prof. Joseph Alcamo as the newest member of the Institute’s international Advisory Committee (AC).

    Prof. Wim van Vierssen

    A respected water professional both in the Netherlands and internationally, Prof. van Vierssen has served as an AC Member and will now replace the outgoing Chair, Prof. Rattan Lal, who has been a valued supporter of UNU-FLORES after serving two terms on the Committee.

    Prof. Alcamo is a professor of Environmental System Science as well as Director of Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), both at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Prior to that, Prof. Alcamo served as Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he worked to strengthen the interface between global science and policy. He also played a strategic role as Special Science Advisor to the Head of the UN Climate Secretariat during the final phase of negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Prof. Joseph Alcamo

    Both Prof. van Vierssen and Prof. Alcamo take up their AC leadership and membership, respectively, as of 1 January 2020, joining Prof. Bancy Mati and Prof. Karl Heinz-Feger on the AC. Prof. Adelaide Nardocci’s term with the Committee also comes to an end.

    UNU-FLORES sincerely thanks Prof. Lal for his astute leadership and Prof. Nardocci for her invaluable support and greatly looks forward to working alongside Prof. van Vierssen, Prof. Alcamo, and our other esteemed AC members in bringing the Nexus Approach to the forefront of research and policy.

    The Advisory Committee is an organ providing advice and guidance to the Director of UNU-FLORES, in accordance with the general principles, policies, and criteria formulated by the Council of the United Nations University to govern the activities of the University. Each Advisory Committee member, appointed by the Rector in consultation with the Chairman of the Council of the University, serves in their individual capacity and has been selected in virtue of their experience, qualifications, and recognised competence in the disciplines and practices related to the purposes of UNU-FLORES. The Rector of the University and the Director of UNU-FLORES are ex-officio members of the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee meets in regular session at least once a year, as convened by the Director.