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. Therefore the IASS assigns each year a fellowship to one eligible applicant and seeks applications from indviduals from Germany or abroad who have worked for many years on sustainability issues and have the potential to shape the future. The applicants should bring innovative ideas from their respective fields in science, the arts, civil society, business, politics or other areas of society.
Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellows are selected by an international commission with the support of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and General Assembly of the IASS. The Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship is awarded for one year. For the duration of the fellowship, the IASS provides the fellow with an office space and the infrastructure she or he requires to carry out her or his work as well as 50,000 euro to cover material costs. Fellows also receive an appropriate expense allowance.