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14469 Potsdam


Tel. +49 (0)331 5699-0


Coordinating institute


Dr. rer. nat. Vera Tekken
Department: Executive staff
Scientific Coordinator
Leibniz Research Alliance 
"Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition"

Telephone: +49 (0)331 5699 -854

Areas of research

Scientific Coordinator of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition"

Key activities: 
- Science management and knowledge transfer
- Support for training and career development of researchers
- Coordination and management of inter- and transdisciplinary research
- Public relations
- Strategic networking

Overall aim of the Research Alliance 'Food & Nutrition':
- Development of scientifically founded solutions for a sustainable global  food system transformation

Research topics of the Research Alliance 'Food & Nutrition': 
- Future of agriculture and nutrition (i.a. digitalization and AI)
- Sustainable food security 
- Sustainable protein sources for food and feed 
- Rural areas under structural and climate change 
- Sustainable Circular Economy(ies)  
- Provision of knowledge-based solutions for a sustainable food system across the supply chain


Further activities and roles

Since 2018

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board 'Cluster Food Industry' of the Economic Development Agency Brandenburg, Germany (WFBB)

Since March 2017 

Reviewer for EU HORIZON2020 Work programme

Since May 2016 

Project Reviewer for German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF)

Since November 2015

Scientific advisor for DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and DKN Future Earth – topic: Sustainable Intensification of agricultural production – socio-ecological solutions on a regional scale“

Since May 2014 

Scientific advisor for 3ie International Initiative for Impact Evaluation – GIZ project on „Climate change, adaptation, and biodiversity in Morocco“, jointly with RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, Essen, Germany

Since January 2014 

Member Early Career Scientists / German Committee FUTURE EARTH 

March 2014 

Moderation Conferenz-Session „Land Sharing vs. Land Sparing Debate: have we come closer to solve the dilemma? Global Land Project, 2nd Open Science Meeting, 19-21 March 2014, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany

March 2014 

Conception, organization and moderation of expert workshop “Linkages between Cultural, Provisioning & Regulating Services in Rice Landscapes", LEGATO General Assembly, 12 March 2014, Ho-Ci-Minh-City, Vietnam 

September 2013 

Conception, organization and moderation of DAAD alumni expert workshop/graduate school – topic: “Sustainable resource use under global transformation conditions in Asia”, 25- 29 September 2013, Wandlitz, Germany 

Juni 2013 

Member expert panel IPBES – topic: Development of a conceptual framework for biodiversity and ecosystem services  

2010 – 2011 

Scientific advisor for GIZ/BMZ – topic: conception of the international conference „International Conference Water Resources and Climate Change in the MENA-Region: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Best Practices", 29-30 April 2011, Berlin, Germany 

Since 2007

Reviewer for ISI Journals: Ecological Indicators (Elsevier), Ecosystem Services (Elsevier), Ecology & Society, Basic & Applied Ecology (Elsevier), Sustainability (MDPI), Water (MDPI), Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier), Tourism Management & Tourism Management Perspectives (Elsevier), World Development (Elsevier) 

2007 - 2010 

Seminar leader „climate and energy“ for the Stiftung Naturschutz Berlin for participants of the Voluntary Ecological Service Year in Germany


Scientific advisor for the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Berlin – topic „Regional climate change“ 


Further publications

Peer-reviewed articles (ISI): 

  • Settele J., Spangenberg J.H., Heong, K.L., Kühn, I., Klotz, S., Arida, G., Burkhard, B., BustamanteJ.V., Cabbigat, J., Canh, L.X., Catindig, J.L.A., Chien, H.V., Cuong, L.Q., Escalada, M., Görg, C., Grescho, V., Grossmann, S., Hadi, B.A.R., Hai, L.H., Harpke, A., Hass, A.L., Hirneisen, N., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Jahn, R., Klotzbücher, A., Klotzbücher, T., Langerwisch, F., Magcale-Macandog, D.B., Manh, N.H.,  Marion, G., Marquez, L., Ott, J., Penev, L., Rodriguez-Labajos, B., Sann, C., Sattler, C., Schädler, M., Scheu, S., Schmidt, A., Schrader, J., Schweiger, O., Seppelt, R., Sinh, N.V., Stoev, P., Stoll-Kleemann,S., Tekken, V., Thonicke, K., Trisyono, Y.A., Truong, D.T., Tuan, L.Q., Türke, M., Václavík, T., Vetterlein, D., Villareal, S., Westphal, C., Wiemers, M. (2019): Rice Ecosystem Services in South-East Asia: The LEGATO Project, Its Approaches and Main Results with a Focus on Biocontrol Services. In: Schröter, M. et al. (eds): Atlas of Ecosystem Services, Chapter 57: 373-382. Springer, Cham.
  • Spangenberg, J.H., Beaurepaire, A.L., Bergmeier, E., Burkhard, B., Chien, H.V., Cuongh, L.Q., Görg, C., Grescho, V., Hai, L.H., Heong, K.L., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Klotzbücher, A., Klotzbücher, T., Kühn, I., Langerwisch, F., Marion, G., Moritz, R.F.A., Nguyen, Q.A., Ott, J., Sann, C., Sattler, C., Schädler, M., Schmidt, A., Tekken, V., Thanh, T.D., Thonicke, K., Türke, M., Vaclavik, T., Vetterlein, D., Westphal, D., Wiemers, M., Settele, J. (2018). The LEGATO cross-disciplinary integrated ecosystem service research framework. An example of integrating research results from the analysis of global change impacts and the social, cultural and economic system dynamics of irrigated rice production. Paddy and Water Environment, 16: 287-319.
  • Spangenberg, J.H., Heong, K.L., Klotzbücher, A., Klotzbücher, T., Nguyen, Q.A., Tekken, V., Troung, D.T., Türke, M., Settele, J. (2018). Doing what with whom? Stakeholder analysis in a large transdisciplinary research project in South-East Asia. Paddy and Water Environment 16: 321-337,
  • Tekken, V., Spangenberg, J.H., Burkhard, B., Escalada, M., Stoll-Kleemann, S., Truong, D.T. & J. Settele (2017): ͞Things are different now: Farmer perceptions of cultural ecosystem of traditional rice landscapes in Vietnam and the Philippines, Ecosystem Services 25: 153-166, 
  • Spangenberg, J.H., Beaurepaire, A.L., Bergmeier, E., Burkhard, B., Chien, H.V., Cuongh, L.Q., Görg, C., Hai, L.H., Heong, K.L., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Klotzbücher, A., Klotzbücher, T., Kühn, I., Langerwisch, F., Marion, G., Moritz, R.F.A., Quynh, A.N., Ott, J., Sann, C., Sattler, C., Schädler, M., Schmidt, A., Tekken, V,, Truong, D.T., Thonicke, K., Türke, M., Václavík, T., Vetterlein, D., Westphal, C., Wiemers, M. & J. Settele (2017): Cross-disciplinary research results integrated into an ecosystem service framework. The LEGATO example of integrating research results from the analysis of global change impacts and social, cultural and economic system dynamics of irrigated rice production. Paddy and Water Environment: 1-33. doi:
  • Truong, D.T., Anh, N.T.Q., Anh, N.T.N., Ly, D.K.K., Spangenberg, J.H., Settele, J., Tekken, V., Rodríguez-Labajos, B. (2016): Policy Analysis Approaches in Implementing the Ecological Engineering in Vietnam: Experiences from LEGATO – An Interdisciplinary Project. VNU Journal of Science: Policy and Management Studies 32: 49-67.
  • Tekken, V. & S. Stoll-Kleemann (2015): Effects of socioeconomic transformation processes in traditional rice landscapes in Vietnam and in the Philippines, GEO-ÖKO 36 (3-4). 155-174. 
  • Tekken, V. & J.P. Kropp (2015): Sustainable Water Management - Perspectives for Tourism Development in north-eastern Morocco. Tourism Management Perspectives (16): 325-334, doi: 10.1016/j.tmp.2015.09.001. 
  • Settele, J., Spangenberg, H.J., Heong, K.L., Burkhard, B., Bustamante, J.V., Cabbigat, J., Van Chien, H., Escalada, M., Grescho, V., Hai, V., Harpke, A., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Jahn, R., Kühn, I., Marquez, L., Schädler, M., Tekken, V., Vetterlein, D., Villareal, S., Westphal, C. & M. Wiemers (2015): Agricultural landscapes and ecosystem services in South-East Asia—the LEGATO-Project. Basic and Applied Ecology, doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2015.10.003. 
  • Förster, J., Barkmann, J., Fricke, R., Hotes, S., Kleyer, M., Kobbe, S., Kübler, D., Rumbaur, C., Siegmund-Schultze, M., Seppelt, R., Settele, J., Spangenberg, J.H., Tekken, V., Václavík, T., & H. Wittmer (2015): Assessing ecosystem services for informing land-use decisions: a problem-oriented approach. Ecology and Society 20(3):31.
  • Spangenberg, J.H., Görg, C., Truong, D.T., Tekken, V., Bustamante, J.V. & J. Settele (2014): Provision of ecosystem services is determined by human agency, not ecosystem functions. Four case studies. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 10(1): 40-53, doi: 10.1080/21513732.2014.884166. 
  • Görg, C., Spangenberg, J.H., Tekken, V., Burkhard, B., Truong, D.T., Escalada, M., Heong, K.L., Arida, G., Bustamante, J.V., Van Chien, H., Klotzbuecher, T., Marquez, L., Marxen, A., Manh, N.H., Van Sinh, N., Villareal, S. & J. Settele (2014): Engaging local knowledge within biodiversity research: experiences from large inter- and transdisciplinary projects. Special Issue in Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Vol. 39(4), doi: 10.1179/0308018814Z.00000000095. 
  • Tekken, V., Costa, L. & J.P. Kropp (2013): Increasing pressure, declining water and climate change in northeastern Morocco. Journal of Coastal Conservation 17: 379-388, doi: 10.1007/s11852-013-0234-7. 
  • Roebeling, P.C., Costa, L., Magalhães-Filho, L. & V. Tekken (2013): Ecosystem service value losses from coastal erosion in Europe: historical trends and future projections. Journal of Coastal Conservation 17(3), doi: 10.1007/s11852-013-0235-6. 
  • Tekken, V. & Kropp, J.P. (2012): Climate-driven or human-induced: indicating severe water scarcity in the Moulouya River Basin (Morocco). Water 4(4):959-982, doi: 10.3390/w4040959. 
  • Grothmann, T., Daschkeit, A., Felgentreff, C., Görg, C., Horstmann, B., Scholz, I. & V. Tekken (2011): Anpassung an den Klimawandel – Potenziale sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschung in Deutschland. GAIA 20(2): 84-90. 
  • Sissoko, K., van Keulen, H., Verhagen, J., Tekken, V. & A. Battaglini (2011): Agriculture, livelihoods and climate change in the West African Sahel. Regional Environmental Change (11): S119-125, doi: 10.1007/s10113- 010-0164-y. 
  • Tekken, V., Costa, L. & J.P. Kropp (2009): Assessing the regional impacts of climate change on economic sectors in the low-lying coastal zone of Mediterranean Morocco. Journal of Coastal Research SI 56, 272-276. 
  • Costa, L., Tekken, V. & J.P. Kropp (2009): Threat of sea-level rise: costs and benefits of adaptation in the European Union Coastal Countries. Journal of Coastal Research SI 56: 223-227. 
  • Eisenack, K., Tekken, V. & J.P. Kropp (2007): Stakeholder Perceptions of Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region. Coastline Reports 8: 245-255. 
Weitere Veröffentlichungen: 
  • Delzeit, R., Lewandowski, I., Arslan, A., Cadisch, G., Erisman, J.W., Ewert, F., Klein, A.M., von Haaren, C., Lotze-Campen, H., Mauser, W., Plieninger, T., Ratjen, A., Tekken, V., Wolters, V. & N. Brüggemann (2018): How the sustainable intensification of agriculture can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Working Paper No. 18/1. German Committee Future Earth. Stuttgart/Kiel.
  • Tekken, V. & Settele, J. (2014): Instrumente zur nachhaltigen Agrarlandschafts-Optimierung: Ecological Engineering als Ansatz zur Konstruktion nachhaltiger Agrarlandschaften in Reisanbaugebieten SüdostAsiens. In: Anthologie „Welche Natur brauchen wir? Anthropologische Dimensionen des Umgangs mit Natur. G. Hartung und T. Kirchhoff (Hg.), Freiburg, Alber: 173-186. 
  • Settele, J., Kühn, I., Klotz, S., Arida, G., Bergmeier, E., Burkhard, B., Bustamante, J.V., Dao Thanh, T., Escalada, M., Görg, C., Grescho, V., Ho Van, C., Heong, K.L., Hirneisen, N., Hotes, S., Jahn, R., Klotzbücher, T., Marion, G., Marquez, L., Marxen, A., Moritz, R., Müller, F., Nguyen Van, S., Ott, J., Penevǀ, L., Rodriguez‐Labajos, B., Schädler, M., Scheu, S., Seppelt, R., Stoev, P., Tscharntke, T., Tekken, V., Thonicke, K., Vetterlein, D., Vidal, S., Villareal, S., Weisser, W.W., Westphal, C., Wiemers, M., & J.H. Spangenberg (2013): Kulturlandschaftsforschung in Südostasien – das LEGATO‐Projekt. Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde 87(3): 315-323. Selbstverlag Deutsche Akademie für Landeskunde e.V., Leipzig.
  • Tekken, V. (2012): Sozialwissenschaftliches Teilprojekt der Universität Greifswald im LEGATO-Projekt: Erforschung, Bewertung und Vergleich kultureller Ökosystemdienstleistungen in Südost-Asien. Rundbrief Geographie 234: 18-20.
  • Kropp, J.P., Roithmeier, O., Hattermann, F., Rachimow, C., Lüttger, A., Wechsung, F., Lasch, P., Christiansen, E.S., Reyer, C., Suckow, F., Gutsch, M., Holsten, A., Kartschall, T., Wodinski, M., Hauf, Y., Conradt, T., Österle, H., Walther, C., Lissner, T., Lux, N., Tekken, V., Ritchie, S., Kossak, J., Klaus, M., Costa, L., Vetter, T. & M. Klose (2010): Klimawandel in Sachsen-Anhalt - Verletzlichkeiten gegenüber den Folgen des Klimawandels. Abschlussbericht des Potsdam-Instituts für Klimafolgenforschung. Studie im Auftrag des MLU Sachsen-Anhalt. Potsdam. 
  • Förster, H., Sterzel, T., Kropp, J. P., Costa, L., Lissner, T., Lux, N., Moneo, M., Niemeyer, I., Pape, C., Pradhan, P., Tekken, V., Weiss, T. & M. Wrobel (2009): CI:grasp - Climate Impacts: Global and Regional Adaptation Support Platform. Poster at World Climate Conference 3, WMO, Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • Kropp J. P. & V. Tekken (2008): Der globale Klimawandel: Was kommt auf die Landwirtschaft zu? Lohnunternehmen: Dienstleistung im ländlichen Raum 63(6): 16-19. 
  • Kropp J. P. & V. Tekken (2008): Der globale Klimawandel: Auf dem Weg in eine neue Eiszeit? Lohnunternehmen: Dienstleistung im ländlichen Raum 63(3): 47-49. 
  • Kropp J. P. & V. Tekken (2008): Der globale Klimawandel: Wie geht es weiter? Lohnunternehmen: Dienstleistung im ländlichen Raum 63(4): 65-67.
  •  Tekken V. & H. Förster (2007): From Crumbling Catatonia to Creative Collectivity. Position Paper for the European Climate Forum (ECF) Annual Conference 2007, 26-27 March, Berlin.
  • Tekken V. (2001): Brandenburgs ländliche Räume. In: H. Kleger (Ed.): Gemeinsam Einsam. Die Region Berlin-Brandenburg. LIT Verlag, Munster: 193-205.

Curriculum Vitae

since 11/2017
Scientific Coordination
Leibniz Research Alliance "Sustainable Agricultural Production and Healthy Nutrition"

01/2017 - 10/2017
Department Head "General Policy and Sustainability"
Federal  Association of the German Bioethanol Industry (BDBe)

05/2011 - 12/2016
Research Fellow/PostDoc 
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University of Greifswald, Germany, Institute for Geography, Dpt. “Sustainability Science & Applied Geography”  
Responsible researcher for socio-ecological part in project on sustainable land management: „LEGATO – land-use intensity and ecological engineering – assessment tools for risks and opportunities in irrigated rice-based production systems” in South-East Asia (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF, project runtime 2011-2016)

05/2007 - 04/2011 
Research Fellow
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK e.V.), Germany, 
Dpt. “Climate Impacts & Vulnerability” 
Responsible researcher for interdisciplinary project on climate change and adaptation in Morocco: ACCMA (Adaptation aux Changements Climatiques au Maroc, funded by UK Department for International Development DFID) 

04/2006 - 04/2011
Freelance Lecturer 
University of Potsdam, Institute for Geography; Dpt. “Regional Sciences” 
Conceptualization and conduction of seminars on climate change impacts and adaptation 

10/2004 - 04/2007 
Research Fellow 
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK e.V.), Germany, 
Dpt. “Global Change & Social Systems”
Topics: Sectoral impacts of regional climate change; stakeholder dialogues on climate policies’ for the ECF European Climate Forum  

09/2004 - 10/2004
Joint Spatial Planning Department of the Länder Berlin and Brandenburg (GL), Ministry for Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Regional Planning of the federal state Brandenburg, Germany 


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