Dr. Franz W. Gatzweiler is Professor at the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Executive Director of the International Council for Science’s global programme on “Urban Health and Wellbeing: a Systems Approach”. He studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Bonn and the Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany. His doctorate research (summa cum laude) was on the ‘Nature of Economic Value and the Value of Nature’. Now his interests focus on the science of complex systems, urban and planetary health. He received stipends and research grants from various German and International research foundations. In 2015 he earned a habilitation (fakultas docendi) for independent teaching and research in the field of resource economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Before joining the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Oct 2014 he was senior researcher at the Center of Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn in Germany.