Prof. Jürgen Kurths got his PhD in 1983 at the GDR Academy of Sciences and his Dr. habil. in 1990. He was full Prof. at the University of Potsdam from 1994-2008 and has been Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and co-chair of the research domain Transdisciplinary Concepts and Methods of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research since 2008. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Fraunhofer Society (Germany). He got a Humboldt-CSIR research price in 2005 and a Dr. h.c. in 2008. His main research interests are synchronization phenomena, emergent behaviour in complex networks, time series analysis and their applications in sustainability research and life science. He has published more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals and two monographs, which have been cited more than 13,000 times. His H-factor is 46. He has coordinated the RTN “COSYC of SENS” within FP5, has been an area head in the NoE BIOSIM (FP6), the vice speaker of SFB 555 Complex Nonlinear Processes (DFG), and Cocoordinator of SPP 1114 Time Series Analysis and Image Processing (DFG).