Martin BENISTON was born in the UK in 1953, and holds Swiss, British and French passports. He undertook part of his university education in England (Bachelor and Masters) and his PhD at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. More recently, he obtained his Habilitation degree from ETH-Zurich. He has conducted research on atmospheric and climate issues in Paris, Canada (University of Quebec), Germany (Max-Planck Institute in Hamburg) and, since 1985, in Switzerland. He has worked at EPFL (Lausanne), headed the Swiss National Climate Program (ProClim) in Berne, and from 1993-1996 shared his time between the vice-chairmanship of one of the « Impacts » working groups of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was co-awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize) and senior scientist at ETH-Zurich. In 1996, he was appointed full professor at the University of Fribourg, where he headed the Institute of Geography. In October 2006, he was appointed full professor at the University of Geneva where he holds the Chair for Climate Research. He has over 100 scientific publications, including 3 books with international editors, and a further 9 volumes that he has edited/co-edited. He is a member of a number of international commissions; in 2000 was elected member of the Academia Europea.

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