Dr. habil. Sebastian Lüning, born in 1970, holds a doctorate in geology/palaeontology and has been working for 20 years on the reconstruction of natural ecological changes of the geological past. After research at the Universities of Wales, London, Manchester and Bremen, he took on a visiting professorship at the University of Vienna in 2005/2006. He has received several awards both for his university studies and academic research.
Since 2007 he has been working as Africa expert in the oil and gas industry. Lüning is a reviewer for several international geoscience journals and has been evaluating study proposals for a number of national science foundations. He has been a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) since 1991. Together with Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt he co-authored the book The Neglected Sun, which was published in 2013 and highlights the important role of natural climate cycles in past and current climate change.