Dr. Brigitte Knopf was the co-director of the Research Domain 3 (Sustainable Solutions) at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and she was the director of the working group “Energy Strategies for Europe and Germany”. Since 2015 she is affiliated as Secretary General at the Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). Brigitte Knopf holds a PhD in physics. In the framework of the scientific assistance of the German energy transition, she develops long-term scenarios for the transition of the energy system and she is an author of a study regarding the nuclear energy phase-out. Her current research focuses on the development of possible future electricity market designs and subjects concerning the European energy and climate policy e.g. the integration of the German energy transition into the broader European context. She coordinated, within the framework of the energy transition research, a model comparison analyzing the influence of different technologies on the European climate policy regime towards 2030 and 2050. She is author of the chapter “Regional Development and Cooperation”, as a part of the working group three on “Mitigation of Climate Change” of the fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).