Press release

Norbert Röttgen welcomed as Senior Fellow at Hertie School

Former Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen has joined Hertie School as Senior Fellow.

Berlin 21 March 2013 – Former Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen has joined Hertie School as Senior Fellow. In particular he will contribute to the School's teaching and research primarily in the field of European and environmental policy. "We look forward to the cooperation with Norbert Röttgen, practice orientation is key for teaching and research at the Hertie School. Dr. Röttgen, as an experienced top-level policy maker, will make an invaluable contribution to the work at the Hertie School," said Professor Helmut K. Anheier, Hertie School Dean and Professor of Sociology.

Röttgen has been supporting the Hertie School as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2008. As a Senior Fellow, he gives a seminar with the title “How to democratize the European Union?” together with Hertie School Professor Markus Jachtenfuchs within the curriculum of the “Master of Public Policy” programme. He is also part of an international working group within the framework of the “Dahrendorf-Symposium” that aims to offer European perspectives on the most pressing global challenges of our time. The Dahrendorf-Symposium is a joint initiative of the Hertie School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Stiftung Mercator. Results of the working groups will be presented and discussed in November 2013 in Berlin.

“As a member of the Hertie School Board of Trustees for many years, I look forward to working and exchanging ideas with the students. In my opinion, the Hertie School offers a mix of scientific excellence and orientation towards political practice that is unique in Germany,” says Röttgen.

Norbert Röttgen, who holds a doctoral degree in law, was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from October 2009 until May 2012. Since 1994, he has been a member of the German Bundestag, currently serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee. During this time, he has fulfilled key functions within the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the German Federal Government.

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