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Daniela Thrän

Daniela Thrän

Head of the Department “Bioenergy”
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)


Prof. Daniela Thrän studied environmental engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. After completion, she obtained her PhD at the University of Weimar, Germany. Daniela Thrän is an accomplished researcher, having held positions at both the University of Potsdam and Stuttgart. In 2003, she became the Department Head of “Bioenergy Systems” at DBFZ - Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gGmbH (former: IE Leipzig gGmbH). In 2011 she also took the lead of the newly established department „Bioenergy“ at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH (UFZ). Professor Thrän is currently leading a multidisciplinary team of about 50 scientists, working in a broad spectrum of interests, investigating different national and international research projects focusing on areas of; biomass potentials, bioenergy pathways and their assessment, standardisation of solid biofuels material flow management and sustainability assessment. She is the author of more than 100 publications in the bioenergy sector. Since the end of 2011 Daniela Thrän holds the chair „Bioenergy Systems“ at the University of Leipzig. Prof. Thrän is a member of the German Bioeconomy Council of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Energy Council of Saxony (Germany). As well she participates in various working groups, both national, such as the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and international, such as, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), of the International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenergy Task 40) and European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP).

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