Our people


We are a young initiative, so there are no alumnis as of to date. However, one central motivation for this college is to create the network of young brilliant people that work on these intricate challenges of climate and energy system transitions. Therefore, networking and social activities will be important for the college, its current and former members. The Alumni network can then accompany you through the next steps of your life, wether it be in academia, the public sector, private companies or just as a social enrichment to keep in touch with your friends and former colleagues.

Katja holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Hamburg, Germany, undertaken at the Federal and Maritime Agency. The last ten years she worked part-time (at GEOMAR, Germany and CSIRO, Australia) analysing observational and modelling hydrographic and atmospheric data focused on changes in sea level and its components. At the Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions she tackles –and provides support to tackle– CMIP3/5-data regarding multi-model uncertainties for probabilistic climate change projections with MAGICC to understand future carbon budgets and emission implications – usually on Tuesday and Thursday.

Alexander Maier

Alex grew up in Germany, but spent some of his adolescence in Canada.  He enrolled at the European Business School (EBS) in Germany for his undergraduate studies and pursued an exchange semester in Mexico.  After completing his thesis examining the feasibility of alternative fuels, he went on to complete a Master in International Business in Melbourne.  His PhD research centres on the transition to Renewable Energy Systems and optimizing hybrid systems through a holistic approach.  Assessing the disruptive potential of various technologies and determining its true value are among his top interests.