press release, 15. November 2023

Two UFZ scientists among the most influential scientists worldwide

In the annual scientific ranking of the most cited researchers (Highly Cited Researchers), two scientists of the UFZ are represented in 2023: Prof. Jakob Zscheischler and Prof. Josef Settele. Among the 6,849 selected scientists worldwide is also Prof. Dagmar Haase. She started her scientific career at the UFZ and continue to be closely connected to the UFZ through a guest contract.

Prof. Jakob Zscheischler Photo: Sebastian Wiedling / UFZ
Prof. Jakob Zscheischler
Photo: Sebastian Wiedling / UFZ
Prof. Josef Settele Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ
Prof. Josef Settele
Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

The Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate™ identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Researchers are selected for their exceptional performance in one or more of 21 fields (those used in the Essential Science Indicators™, or ESI) or across several fields. Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers are 1 in 1,000. The full 2023 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here.

Highly Cited Researcher 2023 at the UFZ:

Prof. Jakob Zscheischler The earth systems scientist heads the "Compound weather and climate events" working group at the UFZ and is Professor of Data Analytics in Hydro Sciences at TU Dresden. His research focuses on combined weather and climate events, which have not yet been adequately taken into account in risk assessment. This includes describing and modelling the interaction of various meteorological factors, evaluating the role of combined weather and climate events in the development of social/ecological risks such as floods, forest dieback or crop failures, as well as predicting heatwaves, extreme precipitation, storms, droughts and their effects.

Prof. Josef Settele The agricultural biologist is head of the UFZ Department of Conservation Biology and Professor (apl.) at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). His research focuses on the Conservation and Evolutionary Biology of Insects, Biodiversity and Land Use and Interdisciplinary Cooperation and Project Co-ordination in the field of biodiversity. In the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) he was one of the three directors of the Global Assessment and he is a member of environmental expert panel of the German government.

Prof. Dagmar Haase The geographer is professor for landscape ecology at the Institute of Geography of the Humboldt University Berlin and guest researcher at the UFZ.

Further information

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In the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), scientists conduct research into the causes and consequences of far-reaching environmental changes. Their areas of study cover water resources, ecosystems of the future, environmental technologies and biotechnologies, the effects of chemicals in the environment, modelling and social-scientific issues. The UFZ employs more than 1,100 staff at its sites in Leipzig, Halle and Magdeburg. It is funded by the Federal Government, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.

The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research fields: Energy; Earth and Environment; Health; Key Technologies; Matter; and Aeronautics, Space and Transport. With some 39,000 employees in 19 research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.
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