Prof. Dr. Lilian Busse

Honorary Professor at TUM since 2023


Environmental Science - Policy Interaction


Dr. Lilian Busse is the deputy director of the German Environment Agency. From 2015 - 2021 was she the lead of the Division of Environmental Health and the Protection of Ecosystems at the German Environment Agency. 

Dr. Busse holds a M.S. in Biology from the Technical University Munich, and received her Ph.D. in Freshwater Ecology at the Technical University Berlin. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California in Santa Barbara, USA. She worked from 2002 - 2006 as a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, USA. From 2006-2015, Dr. Busse was a lead scientist at the California Environmental Protection Agency, USA. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Busse is focusing her work on the protection of freshwater and marine ecosystems. She is working on the interaction between science and policy.


  • Deputy Director at the German Environment Agency (since 2021)
  • Member of the Board, German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (since 2020)
  • Chairwoman of the Baltic Sea Convention (HELCOM) (2020-2022)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (2016-2022)
  • Head of Division, Environmental Health and the Protection of Ecosystems (2015-2021)