Prof. Dr. Kurt Wagemann studied chemistry in Munich and received his PhD in 1989 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik.
Since 1989 he headed some of the large departments at the DECHEMA, as those for Research Planning, Congresses and for Research Management and Administration. Beside this, he held the position of the executive director of fms e.V. in Dresden and of ProcessNet (a joint venture of DECHEMA and VDI – The Association of German Engineers) in Frankfurt. In 2010 he took over the position of DECHEMA’s executive director.
Regularly he operates as an expert for the evaluation of research institutions and currently he is chairman of the life science jury for the EXIST programme of the BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy).
He serves as a member of advisory boards of research institutes and networks – a.o. as member of the board at The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations – AiF and as head of the advisory board of renewable energies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Moreover he is a coordinator of the Kopernikus-Project Power-to-X, a funding initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In February 2011 he was appointed as an honorary professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he fulfills a teaching assignment on “Technical Chemistry and Technical Biochemistry – Biorefineries” since 2006.