Our Team

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

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Friedrich Barth

Managing Director

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Friedrich Barth studied Physics, Geo-ecology and Hydrology at the Universities of Heidelberg, Bayreuth, Freiburg and Galway. He has more than 25 years of management experience in the areas of Environment, Climate, Energy and Water both in the public as well as in the private sector on international, national and local level. He contributed to the development of the international sustainability agenda at his various management posts at the German Government, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and as International Consultant. Friedrich Barth is a passionate olive farmer, has founded the European Water Partnership and is a Board Member of the Club of Rome Europe. more

Agnes Dittmar

Director Communications

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Agnes Dittmar studied Biology and Political Sciences, specialising in Nature Conservation and Environmental Education. She has more than 15 years of experience in communication, dialogue and collaboration for sustainable development. She contributed to the development of the sustainability agenda on various levels and helped to shape communication and implementation strategies in the government and in the private sector using collaboration and multi-stakeholder dialogue as a key to transformation. The chemical sector has been at the core of her activities for many years, where she worked closely with business, civil society, science and government institutions to promote sustainable solutions.

Dr. Brigitta Meier

Director Policy

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Brigitta Meier studied Hydrology and Environmental Chemistry at the Universities of Freiburg, Ulm and Seattle. She got a Ph.D. in Geohydrology from University of Würzburg. She has more than 20 years of working experience in the water and climate area and worked in the private sector, for the German Government and in international cooperation.

Melanie Fründ

Office & Financial Management

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ISC3 Innovation Hub

Dr. Andreas Förster

Director ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Andreas Förster graduated in Chemistry and received his Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Würzburg (D). Since joining the DECHEMA – Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 1997, he first worked as a consultant in the Research Management group of DECHEMA, then accepted the position of a group leader, and finally became head of the department of Research Management and Conferences. Since January 2010 he has been the Managing Director of ProcessNet, the German platform for chemical engineering. His main activities include the identification of new trends in chemistry and chemical engineering and innovation management.

Dr. Alexis Bazzanella

Co-Director ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Alexis Bazzanella studied Chemistry and received his PhD from Technical University Darmstadt. As Head of Research and Project Coordination at DECHEMA he has more than 15 years of experience in the initiation, implementation and management of research and innovation programmes and projects in the chemical sector on national and European level. He is author of several technology studies on energy/resource efficient and low carbon process technologies and has been member of the editorial and management team of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem).

Dr. Silke Megelski

Innovation Manager ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Silke Megelski studied chemistry at the Technical University Berlin and received her PhD from the University of Bern (CH). She joined the group of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware (US) for postdoctoral studies in material sciences. Silke Megelski is part of the Research and Project Coordination Team at DECHEMA since 2006 and has broad experience in initiation, implementation, coordination and management of EU and national research and innovation projects as well as in establishing networks in the field of material science. She is the contact person for the porous materials community at DECHEMA and organised and conceptualised the scientific part of several national and international conferences in that field.

M. Sc. Nils Decker

Innovation Manager ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Nils Decker studied Industrial Engineering at the Technical University Berlin and Service Engineering & Management at the University of Porto. Before joining ISC3, Nils worked since 2013 in different positions at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), lastly as Deputy Coordinator for the organization´s Global Green Chemistry Initiative and Global Chemical Leasing Programme. His work also included a six-month secondment to Lima, Peru, and several working missions to conferences and international meetings relating to sustainable chemistry. Nils is a co-founder of CupCycle, a startup offering individual reusable systems for coffee to go.

ISC3 Research Hub

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer

Scientific Director ISC3 Research Hub

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer is full Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources and director of the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry at the public Leuphana University. His research and teachings are focused on Sustainable Chemistry, Sustainable Pharmacy, Material Resources, Aquatic Environmental Chemistry, and Time in Ecology and Sustainability. He is founding and chief editor of the scientific and peer reviewed journals Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy as well as Current Opinion in Sustainable Chemistry. Furthermore, he serves as associate editor of Chemosphere and Environmental Pollution. Klaus Kümmerer serves in many national and international committees and chairs the International Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference as well as the annual Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry of the ISC3.