Climate-KIC Chair joins Barroso’s advisory council

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber joins EU Science and Technology Advisory Council

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Chair of the Climate-KIC Assembly and Governing Board, has joined EU Commission President Barroso’s new Science and Technology Advisory Council.

“I’m grateful that President Barroso invited me to participate in this joint effort for providing advice to the leaders of a continent of more than 500 million people,” said Schellnhuber.

“Science and innovation are key drivers for European competitiveness, economic growth and the creation of new jobs,” Barroso said when he made the announcement last week. 

The Advisory Council will focus on science and technology related topics that are of cross-cutting nature, with a clear societal dimension.

“In the very beginning, the EU was a project for peace, after the collapse of communism a project for freedom – and now it could become a project for sustainability, with the climate challenge being a part of this,” Schellnhuber said, pointing out that such a project can only be achieved through the power of ideas and rational thinking.

The Advisory Council is an independent and informal group of outstanding science and technology experts from academia, business and civil society, covering a broad range of disciplines and uniting expertise from across Europe.

“It will identify the issues of value where science, research and innovation can contribute to support future development in Europe,” said Barroso.


Climate-KIC is a European network of entrepreneurs, businesses, regional governments and academic institutions. Together they develop combined projects to tackle climate change and shape the world’s next economy. Integrating education, entrepreneurship and innovation, Climate-KIC produces a creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into economically viable products and services that help to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

Climate-KIC is one of the European Union’s three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), designated by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010.