Reinhard Hüttl is the Scientific Executive Director and Chairman of the Board at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the National Research Centre for geosciences in Germany. Reinhard Hüttl is also President of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) as well as Vice-president of the Helmholtz Association and Coordinator of the Research Field “Earth and Environment”.
Reinhard Hüttl studied Forest and Soil Sciences at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (ALU), Freiburg, Germany and at the Oregon State University (USA) from 1978 – 1983 and was awarded a Ph.D. at the ALU Freiburg in April 1986. From 1986 - 1992 he was Head of the International Research Department at the mining company Kali & Salz AG/BASF-group, Kassel, Germany. He worked as an Assistant Professor for Geobotany at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA in 1990/1991 and was appointed to the Chair of Soil Protection and Recultivation at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) in Cottbus, Germany in 1992 where he is Director of the collaborative research centre “Artificial Watershed Catchment” which is funded by the German Science Foundation.
He was member of the Council of Experts for Environmental Questions of the German Government, and both member and chairman of the Scientific Commission of the Scientific Council of the German Government as well as member of the Ethics Commission on the Safe and Secure Provision of Energy of the German Government. Since January 2009 Reinhard Hüttl is Chairman of the BioEconomyCouncil, an independent advisory body to the German government for all matters relating to the bioeconomy.