Prof. Josef Spitzer
Consultant and part time professor at the Graz University of Technology, Austria
Josef Spitzer completed his undergraduate study in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Graz, Austria, during 1961–1967; thereafter during 1967–1971 he obtained Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico (USA). He has worked in nuclear reactor design (Interatom Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, 1971–1975). Between 1975 and 1982 he was head of the Department of Energy Technologies at Battelle Institute e.V. Frankfurt in Germany. From 1982 onwards, he has been the head of the Institute of Energy Research at Joanneum Research Graz, Austria. Since 2001 he also holds an Associate Professorship in Energy Economics at the Technical University Graz. He has held several international positions within the energy sector. Since 1994 he has been Austrian delegate in the Executive Committee of the bioenergy research network of the International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenergy), and chairman of the Committee for 1999 – 2001. Beginning in 2006 he is member of the Advisory Group on Energy for the 7th Research Framework Programme of the European Commission.