Junior Professorship of Environmental Economics

Junior Professor Florian Ziel has led the research group of environmental economics (with a focus on the economy of renewable energies) since 2017. Research in his group is centred on modelling and forecasting energy markets. Thanks to his excellent background as a mathematician and statistician, he primarily uses modern data processing methods of high-dimensional statistics and machine learning. Florian Ziel’s specialist expertise has earned him a variety of sought-after awards, such as the 2016 GEE Prize of the Gesellschaft für Energiewissenschaft for the best dissertation in its field and the Award of Excellence in the Global Energy Forecasting Competition 2017. Over the course of his remarkably international career to date, he has researched at the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (OCIAM) of the University of Oxford and the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Between January and April 2019, he participated in the research programme ‘Mathematics for Energy Systems’ of the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, UK, as a visiting scholar. He has held the position of associate editor of ‘Digital Finance’ and a seat on the editorial board of ‘Forecasting’ since 2019. Together with Rüdiger Kiesel, he participates in the jointly acquired, German-Polish research collaboration ‘IMMORTAL’, a study of intraday electricity markets by the DFG and the Narodowe Centrum Nauki (NCN). He has also been awarded a range of industry projects and the 2020 Maria Weber Grant. Since the summer of 2020, he has been an appointed member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, where he contributes to the research groups on sustainability and artificial intelligence, in particular.