Dr. Christoph Pistner
Dr. Christoph Pistner
Dr. Christoph Pistner

Dr. Christoph Pistner

Head of Division
Nuclear Engineering & Facility Safety

Special Expertise

Preparation of studies and expert opinions, especially on:

  • Facility safety and systems analysis
  • Event evaluation
  • Development of national and international Nuclear regulations
  • On-site emergency planning
  • Neutron physics analyses
  • Nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear terrorism
  • Technology assessment, nanotechnology

Member of the Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), of the Committee on Plant and Systems Engineering (AST) of the RSK, of the working group on probabilistic safety analysis (Facharbeitskreis PSA); of the board of the Forschungsverbund Naturwissenschaft, Abrüstung und internationale Sicherheit (FONAS; research association for science, disarmament and international security)

Key Projects

  • Scientific-technical support to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) with respect to ad hoc questions in the framework of federal oversight, (commissioned by: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety BMUB)
  • Development and Review of European Nuclear Safety Standards and Requirements with respect to implementation in the German Regulatory System - Benchmarking and Peer Review (commission by: Physikerbüro Bremen, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety BMUB)
  • Advisory opinions on the EU-Stresstest results of the nuclear power plants Fessenheim and Beznau and Updated advisory opinions (commissioned by: Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg)
  • Assessment of the current state of research on new reactor concepts (commissioned by: Schweizerische Energiestiftung)
  • Analysis of Safety and Risk Questions following the Nuclear Incidents and Accidents in Japan (commissioned by: Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH, on behalf of the German Environment Ministry BMUB)
  • Evaluation of operational experience in German nuclear power plants (commissioned by: Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH, on behalf of the German Environment Ministry BMU)
  • Updating nuclear guidelines and standards (commissioned by: Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH, on behalf of the German Environment Ministry BMU)
  • Precautionary information and information management in the event of nuclear terrorism (commissioned by: German Federal Office for Radiation Protection BfS)

Professional Training and Career

  • Doctorate in Physics (Dr. rer. Nat.) at Darmstadt University of Technology (TUD)
  • Undergraduate studies in Physics at TUD, graduated with the title Diplom-Physiker,
  • Researcher with the Interdisciplinary Research Group Science, Technology and Security (IANUS) at TUD
  • With the Öko-Institut since March 2005

Language Skills

English, French