Introduction Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kathrin Greiff

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Dear students,

dear interested visitors of our website,

I would like to take the opportunity of your visit here to introduce myself briefly to you.

My name is Kathrin Greiff; I have been a university professor for the subject of anthropogenic material cycles since the beginning of September 2020. Starting my professorship in Aachen, I took over the Institute for Processing and Recycling, which was renamed Anthropogenic Material Cycles - ANTS for short.

I was born in Wuppertal and studied "Molecular Biotechnology" and "Environmental Planning and Engineering Ecology" at the Technical University of Munich. I was able to work for the German Council of Environmental Advisors (SRU) directly after my studies and thus gained many impressions and experience on a political level. Already during my master studies and then during my doctorate analyses, my main research topics were environmental assessments and potential estimations in the field of the use of renewable resources. After my PhD, I worked for ten years at the Wuppertal Institute (WI) for Climate, Environment and Energy as a project manager in the department of sustainable production and consumption. Lifecycle Thinking" and especially the assessment of sustainability and resource efficiency of processes, products, companies and households were and are the core of my work and research. In recent years, I have worked at the interface to the department of recycling management of WI. Supported by a habilitation scholarship from the INZIN Institute, I have been working on topics related to the circular economy and in particular the assessment of circularity.

At ANTS, I will use my expertise to strengthen the focus on modeling and evaluation in research and teaching. In doing so, I would like to focus on life-cycle wide considerations and thus the view on material flow management across value chains. To this end, we will be setting up a Material Assessment Lab (MAssLab) with a connected digital and physical secondary material database - CirculateD.

"Let’s shape the world of tomorrow - with material cycles for a sustainable life!

I am pleased if I could awake your interest in my chair! My start in Aachen falls into a difficult time, because personal contacts are largely prohibited. However, we still have the possibility to get in touch via digital media. In the next weeks, we will continuously update the contents of the homepage and provide you with new information about the work at ANTS.

I am very much looking forward to getting to know the people at RWTH and in Aachen and to establishing contact to research partners all over the world. I am looking forward to discussions and exchange - currently using the possibilities offered by digital media.

Have a good start into the new semester, a good efficiency in your studies and stay healthy!


Kathrin Greiff