Michael Sailer

Academic degree in chemical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technische Universität Darmstadt; Germany, 1982. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field of nuclear energy, most notably regarding the safety of nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations, the storage of nuclear waste and the final disposal of radioactive waste. He is currently CEO of Öko-Institut e.V. (since 2009). Previously he was head of Öko-Institut's Nuclear Engineering and Facility Safety Division.

Öko-Institut e.V. (Institute for Applied Ecology) is an independent scientific research institute with some 170 staff in Freiburg i. Br., Darmstadt and Berlin. The institute was founded in 1977 and is a non-profit association. It gives scientific advice to governmental and non-governmental organisations. Major fields of its national and international work are:
•    Nuclear safety and waste management
•    Energy and climate issues
•    Sustainability regarding products and resources
•    Governance and public participation

He is chairman of the Nuclear Waste Management Commission (ESK), which advises the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (since 2008). He was member of the German Commission on the disposal of high-level radioactive waste of the German Federal Parliament and German Federal Council, which worked from 2014 to 2016.

He was from 1999 to 2014 member of the Reactor Safety Commission  (RSK) of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and is since 2012 member of the Expert Group on Reactor Safety (ERS) of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI).

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