Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (NMU, UA) Michael Schmidt, born 1957 in Kassel, graduated 1983 in Landscape Planning at University of Hannover, and received his doctoral degree 1987 at University of Göttingen. After serving in the Federal Agency for the Environment, he became head of the soil protection unit at the Brandenburg State Agency of the Environment and was 1992 appointed Governmental Executive Director. In 1994, he became Professor at the newly established Chair of Environmental Planning at BTU Cottbus, served 1997-2000 as Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering, and 2000-2006 as Vice-President for International Affairs. Since 1997, he is consultant of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. At BTU Cottbus, he initiated the international study programmes "Environmental and Resource Management" and "World Heritage Studies". In 2002, he received the "Award for Excellence in International University Cooperation" by the German State Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and in 2005 the Dr. h.c. of the National Mining University, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.