Is the Engelberger Valley prepared for the climate change? (in German)

Thursday, 19. October 2017 | 20:00 Uhr


Prof. Dr. David N. Bresch


Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich

Curriculum vitae David N. Bresch

In the summer of 2016, David N. Bresch was appointed full professor for weather and climate studies at ETH Zurich, where he is working in the Department of Environmental Systems at the Institute for Environmental Decisions. The appointment was jointly concluded with MeteoSwiss, significantly strengthening the strategically important alliance between the two institutions in the area of ​​weather and climate change as well as climate adaptation and mitigation.

Earlier activities at Swiss Re from 2000 until 2016 lastly included the establishment and management of a strategy team in the field of public clients, prior to the management of the sustainability department, the establishment of a body for the supervision of scientific networks in risk research, the management of the group for atmospheric dangers and the role of chief modeller in the natural danger area. He was heavily involved in the first natural cat bonds and the development of weather derivatives.

David N. Bresch was a member of the Swiss Climate Alliance at the UN negotiations 2009-2012 and again in 2015 in Paris. As a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF, 2014-2016), he is an active member of the ProClim steering committee and member of the OCCC’s advisory body on climate protection. He is also a member of the board of trustees of WWF Switzerland and the board of directors of sanu future learning AG.

David N. Bresch was a Ph.D. student in physics at the ETH Zurich and spent a research stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA.

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