Professor Dr. habil. Peter M. Wiedemann is retired since six years but still active as researcher and as honorary professorial fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. In his last position as speaker of the Science Forum EMF in Berlin, Germany, he focussed on better science communication in risk controversies. Prior to this appointment, he was the director of the Program Group “Humans, Environment and Technology” at the Research Centre Jülich in Germany. Peter lectured at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, until 2019.
His research has been supported by grants from government and industry, for instance by VDA, Aventis, Amprion, BASF, Bayerische Rück, DaimlerChrysler, Hoechst, Mobile Manufactures Forum, Münchener Rück, Schering, and the German Telekom. Further grants came from Australian Research Council, the German Marshall Foundation, the German Research Society, the German Federal Ministry of Environment, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education, as well as the Federal Ministry of Health, the European Union, the German American Academic Council, the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection, and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.
Peter Wiedemann has published more than 200 research articles. He has extensive work experience in the field of societal conflicts over modern technologies with the focus on risk communication and evidence characterisation. His research focuses on bridging the gap between risk perception research, risk communication and risk analysis/management. He conducted research on comparative risk assessment, uncertainty analysis and evidence assessment to base the precautionary principle on sound science. Dr. Wiedemann is author of a number of books on evidence characterisation and comparative risk assessment.