Laudato Si' Common Care for Our Common Home Francis of Assisi Academy for Planetary Health
Laudato Si' Common Care for Our Common Home    Francis of Assisi Academy for Planetary Health

Structure and Members

Executive Board (2021-2022)


President (interim): 


Ralf Klemens STAPPEN, Acad. (IAS) , Co-Founder of the Academy 


Sustainability Advocate, Advisor and Entrepreneur with over 25 years of sustainability experience. Diverse church responsibilities: Environmental Officer / Project Director Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt,  Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Environmental Committee of the Diocesan Council, Eichstätt Diocese 1995-2015, Member of the Committee on Economy, Labor and Environment (2015-), Delegate WSSD 2002 , UNCSD 2012, Local Agenda 21 State Commision Bavaria , GRI, CCEE, EU, e.g.


Team (2020-): Iris Pachowsky, Uta Pholmann-Steinhauser, Martin Fürst and Ralf Klemens Stappen


Advisor: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang SEILER, former Director - Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), KIT-Campus Alpin


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Academic Council  (Art. 7 Constitution)


Academician (founding members) including Emeriti


Men and women may become full members of the academy, who have in an exemplary and excellent manner in academic or practical respect contributed to the protection of the earth and to humanity, and who are willing to actively participate in the work of the academy as much as their other duties permit. The academy elects new full and corresponding members with a two-thirds majority in the forms further determined by the constitution of the academy. (Constitution)


Prof. Dr. Emmanuel AGIUS, Dean Department for Theology at the University of Malta, Director of the UNESCO Programme "future generations", Malta 


Prof.Patrick BLANDIN,  Director of the National Museum for Natural History, ret.(Paris), France


Drs. Tini BRÜGGE, Coordinator Projects ‘Samen aan tafel’ van de landelijke projectgroep Kerk en Milieu van de Raad van Kerken, NL. Coordinator of the Environmental Project of the Franziscanischen Cooperation in the Netherlands, The Netherlands


Prof. Dr. Jean DORST, Member of the Academie Francaise (Academie des science),  Director of the Museum of National History, France


Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie PELT, President of the European Institute for Ecology (Metz) , France 


Dr.Leonid PROTSENKO, Director of the Interecocentre  Urkaine, Ukraine 


Fritz PRILLEWITZ, Environmental Advisor at the Embassy of the Dutch Kingdom in Lisbon, Executive Director of the European Centre for Nature Conservation, ret (Tilburg), The Netherlands


Dr. Jean-Pierre RIBAUT, President of the Commission for Peace, Justice and the Integrity of the Creation of Pax Christi France, Director of the Environmental Department of the Council of Europel, ret. France


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang SEILER, Former Director of the Institute of Meteorology and Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU) of theKarlsruhe Institute of Technology and researcher Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz


Prof. Dr.Dr.hc. Klaus TÖPFER, Founding director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam; former Executive Director of the United Nations Environmenal Programme (UNEP), Federal Minister, ret., Germany


Prof. Hector VALL SJ, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rector of the Oriental Institute, Rom


Prof.Dr.mult. Ernst Ulrich von WEIZSÄCKER, Vice-President of the Club of Rome, former Dean Bren School of Environmental Science and Management ret., UCSB, Santa Barbara, Member of the Presidium of the Protestant Assembly,  Germany; former President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (until 2000)


Prof. Dr. Jànos ZLINSZKY, Director of the Sustainable Development Academy The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Senior Adviser for Environmental Policy to the President of Hungary from 2006 to 2010. Associate Professor in the Department for Environmental Law and Competition Law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University


Corresponding Members


Walt GRAZER M.A., M.Sc. ; Special Advisor National Religious Partnership for the Environment (USA), Former Director of the Environmental Programme of the Bishops' Conference of the United States of America, Washington, USA


Msgr.Hilary SENOO, Member of the Commission for the Holy Year 2000 of the Holy Sea, Secretary General of the Council of the African Bishop's Conference  (SECAM), ret., Ghana


Prof.Dr.Dr.Jong HWANG, Professor for Philosophy, in particular for Environmental Ethics at eh Han Nam University, Korea


In Memoriam


Prof.Dr.Dr.Günther ALTNER , Professor for Theology and founding members of the Eco-Institute (Öko-Institut) Freiburg, Germany (Heidelberg)


S.E. Bischof Bjørn BUE (deceased 1997) , Bishop of Stavanger (Church of Norway), Norway and WCC Executive Committee


Prof.Dr. Jacques BLONDEL, Research Director at the Centre for Phytosociology and Ecology (Montpellier) and Professor at the Catholic University Leuwen (la Neuve), Belgium


Prof. Dr. Francesco di CASTRI, National Research Center for Ecology and Evolution, Former President of the International Union of Biologist, France


Prof.Dr. Rene COSTE, President Pax Christi France, ret., and honorary Professor for Theology at the Catholic Institute Toulouse, France


Msgr. Giancarlo MINOZZI, President of the Lanza Foundation, Italy 


Prälat Norbert HERKENRATH (deceased 1997), Executive Director of the Catholic Bishop's Development Aid Programme MISEREOR, Germany


Prof.Dr. PAVAN , President of the Centre for Environmental Research at the University of Pavia, Minister for Environment, ret., Italy


Prof. Dr. Bernhard J. PRZEWOZNY, O.F.M. Conv. , President of the Franciscan Research Centre for Environmental Protection in Rome, Initiator and President of the International Saint Francis Prize for the Environment, Italy 


Prof.Dr.Dr.hc.mult. Lukas VISCHER (deceased 2009) , Professor for Ecumenical Theology, Lausanne, Member of the steering committee of the European Christian Environmental Network, Geneva, Director at the World Council of Churches (ÖRK), ret. , Geneva, Switzerland 


Former Board of Directors


Former President: Dr. Jean-Pierre RIBAUT, Deacon

Executive SEcretary: Ralf Klemens STAPPEN, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Members: Dr. Ralf BRAND, Silke FRANKE




Constitution of the Francis of Assisi Academy


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