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The RCC Announces Carson Professorships

Jens Kersten and Reinhold Leinfelder


Jens Kersten has become the Carson Professor for 2012. Holding the Chair in Public Law and Governance at LMU Munich, Kersten’s research focuses on planning and environmental law, bioethics and law, and the legal challenges of demographic change. His current research project looks at the recent change in energy policy in Germany; Kersten has also worked on the concept of swarms as a natural phenomenon with regards to constitutional law and flash mobs. In addition, Kersten is actively involved with the PhD Program ‘Environment and Society.´

Likewise, the RCC is pleased to announce its first affiliated Carson Professor, Reinhold Leinfelder, a professor of biology and paleontology at the Freie Universität Berlin. Leinfelder has been instrumental in the conceptualization and early stage planning of the 2014 RCC-Deutsches Museum exhibition on the Anthropocene. In addition, Leinfelder is actively involved in shaping environmental policy in Germany as a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Leinfelder will take up his professorship on 1 June 2012.