(1991, Wuppertal & Berlin, Germany; www.wupperinst.org).
Mission: Designing transitions to a sustainable society, by means of a transdisciplinary approach that encourages systems understanding. Research focuses on transition processes, with four teams: 1) Future Energy and Mobility Structures; 2) Energy, Transport and Climate Policy; 3) Material Flows and Resource Management; and 4) Sustainable Production and Consumption. Conducts >150 projects per year with c.170 staff, working in nine languages. Publishes numerous articles in scientific journals, with a “Top Ten” chosen each year. President: Prof Uwe Schneidewind. [Note: Founded by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsaecker, who served as director until 2000, and is now Co-President of the Club of Rome and Co-Chair of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management. MM]