Scientific Coordinators

Dr Sabrina Kirschke

Senior Research Associate, UNU-FLORES, Germany

Prof. Dr Wolfgang Wende

Head of Research Area Landscape, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, IOER, Germany 

Sabrina Kirschke is a Senior Research Associate at UNU-FLORES. She contributes to the research, academic, and capacity development activities in water resources management within the resource nexus. Before joining UNU-FLORES, she worked as a research associate in several water-related projects at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Magdeburg, Germany and as a consultant and intern at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung GmbH in Eschborn and Uganda. She is particularly interested in conceptualising complexities of water quality-related nexus problems and to developing governance strategies to addressing these problems in practice. Her work refers to various regional levels (e.g., transboundary, national, local) and regulations (e.g., European Water Framework Directive). She is experienced with interdisciplinary and problem-oriented research, in-depth cooperation with stakeholders, and the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods. During her PhD, she worked on the role of complexity in addressing the water quality challenge.

Wolfgang Wende is a landscape planner, who studied at the Technical University Berlin (TUB) Germany. After he graduated with a Diploma of Planning Engineering he followed an awarded doctorate fellowship of the State of Berlin for young scientists analyzing the effectiveness of the German Environmental Impact Assessment system. In between the years 1999 – 2006 he worked as a scientific assistant at the Department for Landscape Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment TUB. 2006 – 2008 he was announced as a visiting professor at TU Berlin. His additional research from that time up to today was strongly focusing on the German and on international biodiversity and ecoystem services Mitigation Regulation Systems (IMR), thus, biodiversity offsets and habitat banking. His book ‚Biodiversity Offsets‘ is receiving worldwide attention:

2008 – 2009 he changed his position to the Federal Environment Agency Germany, Dept. of Spatial and Environmental Planning.

Since 2010 he is a professor for urban development at the Technische Universität Dresden and head of Research Area Landscape, Ecosystems and Biodiversity at the IOER Dresden. He also has broad European wide and international experience, e.g. being visiting professor at the NUS (National University of Singapore) for landscape policies (from 2009 - 2021).

From 2011 until 2016 Wolfgang has been President of the German Environmental Impact Assessment Association promoting and supporting environmental impact assessment and new biodiversity offset approaches emerging in Europe and all over the world.


Throughout his professional career, André Lindner has covered a range of fields from basic research on biodiversity, to applied and development-oriented aspects of climate change adaptation, to postgraduate education for sustainable development in environmental management, especially in developing countries. Since 2020, André has been working as Managing Director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (comprises five faculties: Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Traffic and Transport Sciences, Business and Economics) at Technische Universität Dresden. Before that, he was able to deepen his experience in international and interdisciplinary exchange during his work at the Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM). The courses organized by CIPSEM are characterized by their "multi-stakeholder" composition of participants. Experts from government, non-governmental organizations, science and business come and work together. The courses are designed as a platform for a sustainable North-South and South-South exchange. Prior, André was project coordinator of the "International Network on Climate Change (INCA): Understanding adaptation and mitigation strategies of tropical Andean people" at TU Dresden, and research associate within the project "Climate Change, landscape dynamics, land-use and natural resources in the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro" and has worked on "Biodiversity and integrated land-use management for economic and natural system stability in the Mata Atlântica of Rio de Janeiro" at the University of Leipzig.

Fields of work: Science Management, (Tropical) Ecology, Ecosystem Services & Restoration Ecology, Sustainable Development & System Tipping Points, Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Education