Biography

Prof. Bjorn Stevens is the Managing Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology where he leads the Atmosphere in the Earth System department. He is also a professor (§17) at the University of Hamburg.

 

Personal History

Born 19 April, 1966, Augsburg Germany
Family: Married (Andrea Brose); two children, Saskia (born 1997), Anouk (born 1999)


Education

Ph.D.Atmospheric Science, 1992-1996, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO, USA
Dissertation: "On the Dynamics of Precipitating Stratocumulus"
Adviser: William R. Cotton
M.Sc.Electrical Engineering, 1988-1990, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
Thesis: "Astrophysical Jets and Implications of Low Frequency Observations"
Adviser: John Basart
B.Sc.Electrical Engineering, 1984-1987, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA


Professional Experience

2008-
1998-1999

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg
2008DIRECTOR AT MPI-M AND SCIENTIFIC MEMBER OF MAX PLANCK SOCIETY

2021-
2011-2014

MANAGING DIRECTOR
2013-2020HEAD, MPI-M Scientific Computing Lab
2009-2011HEAD, International Max Planck Research School for Earth System Modeling
1998-1999VISITING SCIENTIST: Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship
  
2009-               University of Hamburg
2010-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR AND STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER: Cluster of Excellence "Integrated
Climate System Analysis and Prediction"
2009-PROFESSOR (§ 17)
  
2007          Freie Universität & Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik, Berlin
SABBATICAL VISITOR
  
1999-2011Dep’t of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
2007-2009PROFESSOR (TENURED): Continuing appointment, July 1, (August 2008 - August 2010 on leave)
2003ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (TENURED): appointment, July 1
1999ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: In the area of dynamic meteorology, appointment July 1
  
2000-2009

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA
AFFILIATE SCIENTIST

  
1996-1998Advanced Study Program, NCAR, Boulder CO, USA
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW
  

 

Selected Professional Activities

  • PROJECT OFFICE AND MISSION ADVISORY GROUP EarthCARE (Earth Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer), joint satellite mission between European Space Agency and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (guest status, 2017-2019)
  • LEAD PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: HD(CP)2, High Definition Clouds and Precipitation for Climate Prediction, a six year, €25 million, national project supported by the Germany Ministry of Education and Research (2013-2019)
  • LEAD AUTHOR: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (2012-)
  • SCIENTIFIC STEERING COMMITTEES: World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Grand Science Challenge: "Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity" (2012-, co-lead); Coupled Model Intercomparison Project, CMIP (2013-2018); Working Group on Coupled Modelling, WGCM (2012-2017); Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project, CFMIP (2012-2016); Global Atmospheric System Studies, GASS (2009-2012)
  • EDITOR: Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan Special Issue on Global Storm Resolving Modelling (2019-2021); AGU Advances (2019-); Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (2012-2017); Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2010-2013); Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences (2002-2007)
  • DRAFTING COMMITTEE: AMS Information Statement on Climate Change (2020-); Royal Society position paper on Earth-system modelling (2021)
  • JURY MEMBER: BBVA Frontiers of knowledge (2009-, Chair 2012-); AXA Outlook Awards, Chair (2013)


Selected Honors

  • NAMED AND HONORARY LECTURES: Supercomputing 2020 Keynote Lecture, Virtual (2020); Crafoord Prize Invited Lecture, Stockholm (2018); Paco Ynduráin Lecture, University of Madrid (2018); Real Sociedad Española de Física Lecture (2018); Jule Charney Lecture, AGU (2017); G20 summit partner programme Lecture (2017); Carlson Lecture, New England Aquarium and MIT Lorenz Center (2015); Henry Houghton Lecturer, MIT (2014); Simons Lecture, Simons Foundation (2013); Bavarian State Opera Lecture (2012); Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecturer, University of Oklahoma (2011); Thompson Lecturer, NCAR (2010)
  • ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2019-2020)
  • Meteorological Society of Japan, 2020 Publication Award (2020)
  • Colorado State University, College of Engineering, Distinguished Alumni Award (2004)
  • The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award of the American Meteorological Society (2002)
  • NASA New Investigator Award (2002)
  • Editors Award, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences (2001)
  • NSF CAREER Award (1999)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fellowship (1998 -1999)
  • NCAR - ASP Post-doctoral Fellowship (1996 -1998)
  • NASA/EOS Graduate Fellowship on Global Change (1994)


Synopsis of Supervision

Prof. Stevens has been responsible, or co-responsible, for the supervision of 19 PhDs and 28 master
students, and also supervised 25 post-doctoral fellows. He has served as an examiner or committee chair
for many more PhD, master and bachelor thesis committees.
 

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Detailed Curriculum Vitae (pdf)