1963 - 1965   Primary school in Leipzig

1965 - 1971   Special school for languages in Leipzig

1971 - 1975   Gymnasium (high school) in Rossleben

1975 - 1977   Military service in Leipzig

1977 - 1982   Study of psychology, Humboldt-University Berlin

1983 - 1985   Study of pedagogics (Hochschulpädagogik),       

                       Humboldt-University Berlin


Scientific qualification

1982               Diploma, Department of Psychology, Humboldt-University Berlin, Awarded with the Humboldt-price

1987               Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.), Department of Psychology,  Humboldt-University Berlin

1995                                     Habilitation (venia legendi), Department of Psychology,

                       Georg-August-University Goettingen 


Work stations

1982 - 1985   scientific assistant, Department of  Foreign Languages,

                       Humboldt-University Berlin

1985 - 1992   scientific assistant, working group for General Psychology, Central Institute of Cybernetics, Academy of Sciences, Berlin (since 1991 Institute of Cognitive Psychology)

1992 - 1998   scientific assistant (C1), Institute of Psychology, Georg-August-University Goettingen, Department of 

                       Personality and Interdisciplinary Psychology

since 1996      Privatdozent (PD) at University Goettingen

1998 - 2001   Visiting Professor (C4), University Greifswald, Head of the Department of Developmental Psychology

since 2001      University assistant (C2) , Head of the Department of Personality Psychology at Berlin University of Technology

since 2001      Visiting Professor  (apl. Prof.) at University Göttingen 

2006 - 2009   Director of the Institute of  Sustainability and Environmental Policy, University of Management and Communication Potsdam

2008 - 2009   Professor for Environmental Psychology and Sustainability Management, University of Communication and Management Potsdam


Activities aiming at Sustainable Development

since 1995      International cooperation, research and publications on human values and life goals as well as on Sustainable Development

1997-2000     Member of an initiative group for founding an Interdisciplinary Centre for Sustainable Development at University Goettingen (founded in 2000)

2000 – 2001   Initiator of a scientists´ group for fostering Sustainable Development at University Greifswald

since 2000      Co-initiator and leader of an action research project aiming at Sustainable energy production in a German village

since 2001      Member of a scientists´ group for fostering Sustainable Development at the Zentrum für Technik und Gesellschaft, TU Berlin

2002               Presentation at a United Nations Organization Workshop for Indigenous People in Geneve on ”Sustainable Development”

2002               Organizer of the first symposium at the DGPS (German Society for Scientific Psychology congress) on ”Sustainable Development”

2003               Organizer of the first symposium at the EFPA (European Federation of Psychological Associations) congress on ”Sustainable Development”

2003               Founder member of the Institute for Biomass and Regional Development (IBR e.V.)

2004               Organizer of the first symposium at the IAPS (International Association for People-Environment Studies) conference on ”Sustainable Development”

2005               Founder member of the Agency in European Universities linking Projects for Sustainable Development (AgEnt e.V.)

2005               Organizer of a symposium on ”Psychology of Sustainable Development” at the International Human Dimensions of Global Change meeting in Bonn

2006               Director of the Institute of Sustainability and Environmental Policy at the University of Communication and Management Potsdam (FH)

2007               Presentation at the International Unity of Man Conference in Kirpal Sagar, India, on ”Sustainable Development as a challenge for the world´s religions”