Rolf Kreibich

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Rolf Kreibich (2011)

Rolf Dieter Kreibich (born December 2, 1938 in Dresden ) is a German physicist , sociologist and futurologist . From 1969 to 1976 he was President of the Free University of Berlin . Since 1990 he has been director of the Secretariat for Future Research (SFZ) at the Free University of Berlin. Kreibich's work focuses on technology assessment , technology assessment as well as sustainability and future research .


Kreibich studied physics and mathematics at the TU Dresden , the Humboldt University Berlin and the Free University Berlin as well as sociology , economics and political science at the Free University of Berlin . In 1968/69 he headed the Institute for Sociology at the Free University of Berlin as Chairman of the Institute Council. In 1968 he founded together with Heinz-Hermann Koelle , Robert Jungk , Helmut Klages , Günter Spur u. a. the ZBZ Center Berlin for Future Research. From 1969 to 1976 he was elected the first President of the Free University of Berlin . Until then, the FU was headed by rectors. It was the first time that a research assistant was at the helm of a German university.

From 1977 to 1981 Kreibich was managing director and scientific director of the Institute for Future Research in Berlin. In 1981 he founded the IZT ( Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment ) Berlin together with a number of well-known scientists and business representatives , which he headed as Scientific Director and Managing Director until 2012.

Rolf Kreibich received his doctorate in 1985 with his dissertation on The Science Society: From Galilei to the High-Tech Revolution at the TU Berlin .

Together with Christoph Zöpel and Johannes Rau , he set up the SFZ Secretariat for Future Research in Gelsenkirchen / Dortmund on the basis of a resolution by the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1990 . Since then he has headed the SFZ as Scientific Director and Managing Director. From 1989 to 1999 he was a member of the board of directors of the International Building Exhibition Emscher Park (IBA Emscher Park) of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2013 he transferred the SFZ to the Free University of Berlin .

Committee work

Rolf Kreibich was active in a number of scientific bodies and advisory commissions. He was a member of the study commissions “Sustainable Berlin and Local Agenda 21”. He was chairman of the board of directors and chairman of the advisory board of the Association of German Scientists VDW as well as a member of the Federal Government's expert commission “Future potentials of old age - Fifth report on the elderly”. He was a member of the board of the Federal Environment Minister. He is also a member of the advisory board and chairman of the jury for the German Local Sustainability Award. From 1995 to 2007 he was chairman of the advisory board for environmental and pollution control and since 2007 he is a member of the council for sustainable development of the state of Brandenburg . Rolf Kreibich has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (SRzG) since 2000 and a member of the World Future Council (WFC ) since 2007 . Since February 2016 he has been chairman of the non-profit organization "A House for the United Nations eV" in Berlin and since 2014 a board member of WHW - World Heritage Watch.

honors and awards

Rolf Kreibich was together with the IZT laureate of the first innovation and environmental award of the German steel industry. In 1994 he won the BAUM Environment Prize . In 2013 he received the Federal Cross of Merit First Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany .

Scientific focus

Rolf Kreibich has written over 500 publications on education , science and technology policy , on environmental , economic , labor and innovation policy as well as on future research and sustainable development .

In 1986 he published the standard work "The Science Society: From Galileo to the High-Tech Revolution". It shows that science and technologies are the most important innovative and productive forces in modern industrial and scientific societies. First and foremost, they create the basis for high-performance economies, but at the same time they are also the cause of global economic and social disparities as well as environmental destruction and the gigantic consumption of resources. In his publications he calls for science and technologies to be used consistently in the interests of sustainable development and to improve the quality of life for all people.

Publications (selection)

As an author, co-author and editor

  • 1986: The Science Society: From Galileo to the High-Tech Revolution. 803 S., Suhrkamp 1986, ISBN 3-518-57760-3 .; 2nd edition, 1993, ISBN 978-3-518-58164-3 .
  • 1990: The future of telework. Empirical study on the decentralization and flexibilization of employee activities with the help of new information and communication technologies. 272 pp., RKW-Verlag, Eschborn 1990, ISBN 3-926984-18-X .
  • 1990: with Holger Rogall: ecological production. Weinheim / Basel 1990.
  • 1991: with Henning Balck: Evolutionary paths into the future. Weinheim / Basel 1991.
  • 1991: Future research and politics- Weinheim / Basel 1991.
  • 1992: with Michael Knoll: Solar-City. Solar energy for a liveable city. Weinheim / Basel 1992.
  • 1994: with Michael Knoll: models for climate protection. Weinheim / Basel 1994.
  • 1996: Sustainable Development. Mission statement for the future of economy and society. Weinheim / Basel 1996.
  • 1996: Environmentally friendly product design. Berlin / Heidelberg / New York 1996.
  • 1997: with Michael Knoll: "Sustainable City." Sustainable cities. Weinheim / Basel 1997.
  • 1998: Life cycle assessment of complex electronic products. Berlin / Heidelberg / New York 1998.
  • 1998: Innovations for sustainability. Ecological aspects of information and communication technologies. Berlin / Heidelberg / New York 1998.
  • 2000: with Karlheinz Steinmüller and Christoph Zöpel: Future research in Europe. Baden-Baden 2000.
  • 2000: with Udo Simonis: Global Change. Global change. 2000.
  • 2000: From utopia to real vision. Sustainable development in time ... Speech at the conference "The demand for the concrete utopia" in Singen on June 1st, 2000.
  • 2002: Visiotopia. Citizens design the future of society. With Sven Sohr , 105 pages, Nomos, Baden-Baden 2002, ISBN 3-7890-8218-X .
  • 2004: with Britta Oertel: Success with services. Stuttgart 2004.
  • 2007: with SieLiong Thio: Implementation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. IZT-WB 85, ​​Berlin 2007.
  • 2009: with SieLiong Thio: future of children. Concepts, projects and initiatives for, with and by children. IZT-WB No. 105, Berlin 2009.
  • 2011: Future research for orientation in society, economy, science and education. IZT-WB No. 116, Berlin 2011.
  • 2014: From the sustainability strategy to the implementation of the sustainability processes in Brandenburg. Potsdam 2014.
  • 2015: win the future. The gentle (r) evolution for the 21st century. Inspired by the visionary Robert Jungk. Altop-Verlag Munich 2015, ISBN 3-925646-65-5 .

Web links

Commons : Rolf Kreibich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. SFZ website Scientific Director and Managing Director , accessed on January 31, 2016.
  2. ^ Secretariat for Future Research at the Free University of Berlin
  3. List of the BAUM Environmental Prize winners from 1993 onwards. (PDF) Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management e. V., accessed January 30, 2015 .