Schäffer, Andreas, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. (UBC)

Director of the Institute for Environmental Research

Chair of Environmental Biology and Chemodynamics


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Curriculum vitae

since 2012 / 2014

since 2002

Concurrent professor Nanjing University, China / Honorary professor Chongqing University, China

Chair of the board of the Research Institute for Ecosystem analysis and assessment gaiac

2000 - 2007 (As a second appointment) Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for
Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME), Schmallenberg
since 1997 Professor for Environmental Biology and Chemodynamics
Director of the Institute of Environmental Research at RWTH Aachen University
-- 1989 -1997  --
Industry research at Ciba-Geigy / Novartis, Basel, Switzerland
(Fate of pesticides in soil, water, plants)
1986 - 1989 Postdoc, University of Zürich, Switzerland (environmental biochemistry)
1984 - 1986 Postdoc, Harvard University, Boston, USA (biochemistry)
1981 - 1984 PhD thesis, Muenster (inorganic chemistry), Germany
1976 - 1981 Study of chemistry, Muenster, Germany
1974 - 1976 Nursing training school (diploma), Wuppertal, Germany
1961 - 1974 School, Wuppertal, Germany
1955 Born in Wuppertal, Germany



  • Environmental chemistry of pollutants (degradation and binding) in soil, water and plants
  • Environmental Risk Assessment of pollutants
  • Bioremediation of polluted soil and water (phytoremediation)


Memberships and tributes

  • Member of the Commission Environment, National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2015)
  • Advisory group member Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST Europe, since 2014)
  • Society of German Chemistry, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, 2007-2014 chair of the board, group Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology)
  • Expert in the German federal office of consumer protection and food safety, BVL (SVA; 2000-2012)
  • Expert in the German federal institute for risk assessment, BfR (since 2009)
  • Expert in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Scientific Panel Pesticide Residues (PPR; 2003-2006; 2009-2012)
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
  • German Soil Science Society (DBG)
  • Member of the editorial board, Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • Member of the editorial board, Soils


Organized conferences

  • SETAC-GLB, Aachen, Germany, 2004
  • National Park Forest Management and Development, Monschau, Germany, 2006
  • Terrestrial semi-field testing of chemicals, Coimbra, Portugal, 2007



 Papers (no publications during employment in industry, 1989-1997):

       ISI Web of Science (all data bases):

  • Total number: 222
  • Sum of times cited: > 5900 (without self-citations)
  • h-factor 37

       ISI Web of Science (core collection):

  • Total number: 203
  • Sum of times cited: > 5300 (without self-citations)
  • h-factor 36


  • Niessner R, Schäffer A (2017): Organic Trace Analysis, De Gruyter, Berlin, 357 pp.
  • Haider K, Schäffer A (2009): Soil Biochemistry. Science Publishers, 2009, 116 pp.
  • Haider K, Schäffer A (2000): Umwandlung und Abbau von Pflanzenbehandlungsmitteln im Boden - Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt. Enke im Thieme Publisher, 224 pp.
  • Haider K, Schäffer A (1998): Chemie der Geo-Bio-Sphäre, German translation of P. O´Neill: Environmental Chemistry. Enke Publisher, 230 pp.


  • Schäffer A, Filser J, Frische T, Gessner M, Köck W, Kratz W, Liess M, Nuppenau E A, Roß-Nickoll M, Schäfer R, Scheringer M (2018): Silent spring - On the need for sustainable plant protection. Lepoldina Discussions No. 16, 61 pp.
  • Schaeffer A, van den Brink PJ, Heimbach F, Hoy SP, de Jong FMW, Römbke J, Roß-Nickoll M, Sousa JP (2010): Semi-Field Methods for the Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides in Soil. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, 144 pp.