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Richard Harnisch

Head of Public Relations and Communication

Geoecologist, PR consultant

Richard Harnisch is Head of Public Relations and Communication at the IÖW. He is responsible for strategic communication development in the areas of media relations, (online) editing, social media, publications and events.

Within research projects, he designs and plans science communication measures for various target groups and topics in the context of sustainable management and implements them together with the public relations team.

Main focus

  • Strategic conception and planning of science communication measures
  • Editing publications of the institute and research projects
  • Press relations and social media


  • Since 05/2009: Head of Public Relations and Communication at the IÖW
  • 2007-2009: Employee in the press office of the German Solar Industry Association


  • 2007-2008: Advanced training as a PR consultant at the Deutsche Presseakademie (German Press Academy)
  • 1997-2003: Studied geoecology at the University of Potsdam and Clarkson University (USA), scholarship holder of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation