Detlef van Vuuren is a senior researcher at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and a professor in Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. Leading the IMAGE integrated assessment modelling team, his research concentrates on using model-based scenarios to identify response strategies to global environmental problems. He is a member of several international scientific commissions, including the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium, the Global Carbon Project and the Earth Commission. Detlef van Vuuren had a coordinating role in developing the Representative Concentration Pathways and Shared Socio-economic Pathways now used in the IPCC’s assessments. He has participated as (coordinating) lead author in various assessments such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook and various IPCC reports. Detlef van Vuuren has published more than 430 articles in refereed journals. Based on his work, Reuters listed him 2021 as the 4thmost influential climate scientist worldwide.