Building a Bridge between Science, Politics and Society

Dr. Nicole de Paula appointed first Klaus-Töpfer-Sustainability-Fellow

The IASS has been awarding the Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship since 2019. Named after the founding director of the institute, the IASS’s Fellowship honours and promotes individuals who build bridges between science, politics and society.

An international commission elected Dr. Nicole de Paula as first Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow for her research on „Breaking the Silos for Planetary Health: Addressing the environment-health nexus in the era of UN Sustainable Development Goals”.

Dr. Nicole de Paula has excellent scientific references and through her work in the field of policy consulting as well as through her close cooperation with UN institutions, she has a wealth of experience at the interface between science, politics and society at both national and international level.

Nicole de Paula is the Executive Director of Global Health Asia Institute (GHAI), a think tank based in Bangkok, which aims to help to advance a better scientific understanding and policy basis for global health at local, regional and global levels. She is also the founder of “Resilient Nomads,” a social enterprise enhancing environmental and health literacy.

Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, and resilient, her mission is to promote research and inform the linkages of health and wellbeing with sustainable development, environmental conservation, and social equity. As a member of the Commission for Education and Communication (CEC) of the IUCN-The International Union for Conservation of Nature, she advocates for greater recognition of the links between nature conservation and human health, so-called “planetary health.” Prior to joining the GHAI, she worked on the European research project RAMSES, which aims to deliver quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities.

Dr. de Paula holds a PhD in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from the Sciences Po Paris. Her doctorate received the “Young researcher prize” from Treilles Foundation in France. During her PhD, she became the French Embassy Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Washington D.C and was equally awarded a fellowship to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN).

Dr. Nicole de Paula will start her work at IASS as Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow at the end of August 2019 and will stay at the institute for twelve months.

What it is About

Prof. Dr Klaus Töpfer is the Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. The institute was founded in 2009 with the aim of bringing together the kinds of knowledge needed to support a transformation of society towards sustainability. With a wealth of experience in science, politics and the non-profit sector, Klaus Töpfer embodies the unique combination of perspectives required to realise the vision of the IASS.

With its Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship, the IASS wants to honour and support individuals who, like Prof. Töpfer, are committed to sustainable development and build bridges between science, politics and society. We are seeking nominations for people from Germany or abroad who have worked for many years on sustainability issues and have the potential to shape the future. The nominees should bring innovative ideas from their respective fields in science, the arts, civil society, business, politics or other areas of society.

Klaus Töpfer Fellows are selected by an international commission with the support of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and General Assembly of the IASS.
Klaus Töpfer Fellowships are awarded for one year. For the duration of their fellowship, the IASS provides the fellow with an office space and the infrastructure they require to carry out their work as well as 50,000 euro to cover material costs. Fellows also receive an appropriate expense allowance.