Dipl.-Geogr. Daniel Acksel

Department Coordinator
Dipl.-Geogr. Daniel Acksel
Building C 4, Room 1.11
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:



Head Central Workshop

Research Interests:

  • Geothermal Energy
  • Geological Storage
  • Energy and Heat Transition
  • German Energiewende
  • Science Management & Change
  • Technology Transfer


  • since 2019 Department Speaker for Department 4 "Geosystems“ at the German Reserach Center for Geosciences GFZ
  • since 2020 Speaker Central Workshop (Head)
  • 2016-2018 Department Speaker for Department 6 "Geotechnologies“ at GFZ
  • 2018 Department Speaker for "Data, Information and IT Services" at GFZ
  • 2016-2017 Department Speaker for Department „Geoservices“ at GFZ
  • 2012-2015 Scientific Coordinator for Technology Transfer and Research Infrastructure at GFZ
  • 2011-2014 Admin. Project Manager at GFZ for large-scale project "Project for Training, Education and Consulting for Tsunami Early Warning Systems“ (PROTECTS, 7 Mio€)
  • 2007-2011 Project Manager at GFZ for "German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System“ (GITEWS, 53 Mio€)
  • since 2007 Freelance Consultant for Technical Environmental Protection
  • 2006-2007 Project Manager at Deutsche Montan Technologie GmbH (DMT) for Toxic Waste, Waste Management und Hydrology, Betriebsbeauftragter Abfallseise
  • 2005-2006 Project Managerat DE-Consult Deutsche Eisenbahn-Consulting GmbH ( DB International) for Toxic Waste and Waste Management
  • 2004-2005 Employee of DMT-Potsdam branch of Deutsche Montan Technologie GmbH (DMT), Leader of Subproject in a German-Chinese Joint Research Project on sustainable drinking water supply of Beijing/China
  • 2004 Employee of GFZ Potsdam for "Sediment and Basin Formation“, Organization of fieldwork in Kenya to obtain lake sediments for paleo climate research


  • 2016 Management Audit by Egon Zehnder
  • 2015-2016 Helmholtz Management Academy, Program "Taking the Lead“
  • 2015 Helmholtz Management Academy, Program "Lateral Leadership“
  • 2010 Media Training/ Interviews/ Risk and Crisis Communication
  • 1996-2003 Diplom Physical Geography, Minor Subjects Geology and Geoinformatics, University of Potsdam.
  • 1993-1996 Studies of Mathematics and Social Science, University of Potsdam
  • 1993 Abitur


Excerpt, at GFZ:
  • Kopernikus Project Energiewende Navigationssystem (ENavi)
  • Wärme neu gedacht! (Zwanzig20 Forum Wärmewende; 0,9 Mio€)
  • Digital Underground Models – Geotechnologies for Heat Transfer and Climate Protection (0,6 Mio€)
  • Advanced Remote Sensing - Ground Truth Demo and Test Facilities (ACROSS; 2,5 Mio€)
  • Project for Training, Education and Consulting for Tsunami Early Warning Systems“ (PROTECTS, 7 Mio€)
  • German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System“ (GITEWS, 53 Mio€)

Research Boards and Committees:

  • 2020-2022 Member of the Directorium of the Renewable Energy Research Association (FVEE) 
  • 2016-2020 Member of Body of Experts on "Energy Efficiency“ of the Energy Technology Cluster Berlin/ Brandenburg
  • 2016-2019 Member of Consulting Committee "Weiterbildungssystem Energietechnik“ of the Energy Technology Cluster Berlin/Brandenburg
  • 2015-2019 Coordinator Zwanzig20 Forum Wärmewende
  • 2010-2015 Constituent Member of Working Group "AG Controlling of Large-Scale Projects"  under guidance by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
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