We are thrilled to announce our second keynote speaker – Diana Ürge-Vorsatz!

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is putting science into degrowth. She is a Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University and Vice Chair of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as the Vice President of the Hungarian Scientific Panel on Climate Change. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California.  

She served as the Co-Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the largest conference to date on Cities and Climate Change Science in Edmonton, 2018.  She was a Coordinating Lead Author in both the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports (AR4 and AR5) of the IPCC. She served on the United Nation’s Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change, and led the buildings-related work in the Global Energy Assessment. She has worked on and directed many research projects for organisations including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Global Environment Facility, UNEP, the World Energy Council, OECD, the World Bank. She has been serving on the Governing and Advisory boards of several organizations and companies, including the College of EU Commissioners, Innogy (RWE), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (KLIEN), the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), and the NGO Clean Air Action Group (Chair).  She is regularly invited to high-level review panels, such as for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; the EU’s Joint Research Centre, and several panels in the European Research Council. She is regularly providing high-level advice on the science-policy interface, such as on behalf of “Science Advice for Policy by European Academies”. She is currently on the waiting list for becoming a Chief Scientific Advisor of the European Commission.  She has delivered over 200 keynote speeches worldwide, appears on a weekly basis in the media. She received several awards, including the Hungarian Republic’s Presidential Award “Medium Cross” in 2008,  the “White Lion” award in 2021, and the “Role Model” award in 2009.