Norbert Kopytziok, was born in 1954 in Osnabrück.
engineering and he
successfully graduated aged 22.
Subsequently, he studied industrial sociology to identify
mechanisms of humanising work life. In 1995 Norbert Kopytziok
completed his PhD on an environmental topic. His habilitation
thesis followed in 2001 in co-operation with a public sector
company on “Waste and Sustainable Development”.
few years earlier, in 1983, Norbert Kopytziok founded the
Institute of Ecological Recycling in Berlin and acted as its
executive director for ten years. Following this, he accepted a
post as the head of environmental issues for the regional
government of Schleswig-Holstein. After having been in this
position for five years he would have liked to become a
university lecturer. However, since this was not possible he
opened an office for environmental sciences and worked on studies
and projects on environmental protection and resource management.
Norbert Kopytziok has published and shared his scientific
insights at his teaching assignments at various universities as
well as in journals and books.
Norbert Kopytziok successfully implemented the environmental
management system EMAS at two German universities, in 2009/10 at
Brandenburg Technical University and in 2011/2012 at the
University of Kiel. Since then he has acted as head of the
climate protection coordination office “klik” aiming to establish
a climate neutral university environment by 2030.
Norbert Kopytziok received several awards for his engagement
related to environmental protection. One of these awards was the
Berlin Environment Award 1993 for developing the AIR-PACK, a
recyclable air bag which functions as reusable packaging. A
further award was the “German Material Efficiency Award” acquired
for a lecture series on environmentally sustainable product
development for students of industrial design programmes.
Ecological Manager at the University of
2001 - 2010 Director at the
for Environmental Science Berlin and
lecturer for Eco-Design at the
of Art in
Berlin and for resource management at the Berlin School of
1996 - 2001 Department head for ecological material and
waste management at State Office for Nature and Environment
of Schleswig-Holstein (Landesamt für Natur und Umwelt
des Landes Schleswig-Holstein.)
Job concentration: Prevention of municipal wastes, reduction
of construction related environmental burdens, and environmental
founding of the privately administered Institute for Ecological
Recycling (Institut für Ökologisches Recycling)
Projects and research on preventive environmental protection
- primarily in connection with waste prevention.
Process chain research of consumer goods: determination of
the ecological effects of raw materials as well as demolition,
processing, transport, utilisation and disposal.
and Habilitation at the University of Kassel.
thesis on global aspects of regional environmental planning on the
basis of material stream processing observations.
thesis on ecological effectiveness of waste prevention and recycling
of municipal wastes.
of industrial sociology at the University of Bielefeld and the Free
University of Berlin.
systems study at the Fachhochschule, Reutlingen.
- at the Berlin School of Economics (WS 2006/07)
- at the University of Art Berlin (SS 2005 - WS 2006/07)
- at the University of Lüneburg (SS 2000)
- at the College of
Arts Berlin (1991 - 1996)
1988 - 1997 seminars on continued education for specialists
in environmental protection.
individual lectures on ecological material and waste
management in regional and federal seminars.
of dissertation, Habilitation dissertation, studies prepared
for public use and numerous specialist articles
(You may find an overview of publications on the page
Award Berlin-Mitte for a
regional project for resource management (details).
from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of
the Berlin Environment Award for the development of
the AIR-PACK, a reusable package modeled after the
air cushion principle.
(You may find particulars on the AIR-PACK on the page
Environment Award from the
Hamburg Trade Commission.
Environment Award Berlin-Steglitz for a concept in
energy conservation and waste prevention.