Prof. Dr. Josef Settele, born in 1961, is employed since 1993 as senior scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ. He did his Masters in Agricultural Biology and his PhD in Agriculture. He received his Professor of Ecology title in 2016. Since 1993 he has coordinated several national, EU and international biodiversity and ecosystem related research projects. His research interests cover Ecology of Insects in Cultural Landscapes; Biodiversity, Land Use, and Social-Ecological Systems; Inter- and Transdisciplinary Cooperation and Projects; and Science-Society-Policy Interface. He co-chaired the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2019) which concluded that around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction.