Stefanie Schmidt was a Fellow at Ecologic Institute. Her professional interests included resource efficiency, sustainable consumption, environmental governance, and decision making at the interface between policy, science, and society. Stefanie Schmidt is a native German speaker, fluent in English and has advanced knowledge of French.
At Ecologic Institute, Stefanie Schmidt was primarily focusing on marine and coastal resource management and policy dealing with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and ecosystem based management as well as Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). Within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7) project, New Tools and Policy Options to Improve the Management of Marine Litter (CLEANSEA), she analyzed best practice case studies for the reduction and prevention of marine litter and researching adaptation to climate change in the project Integrated Management of Coastal Areas in the Face of Climate Change Adaptation. She was also working as a reviewer for Pew Environment Trust.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Stefanie Schmidt worked eight years for the European Commission in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) in Brussels (Belgium). During this time she held several positions dealing with fisheries management in different regions. She was a member of the task force on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) from 2008 until 2010 and co-developed the green paper Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. In her last position she dealtwith management measures for the implementation of the reform and the scientific advice on fisheries, including the coordination of the work of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries (STECF). Before moving to Brussels, she worked three years for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Germany, focusing first on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in deep and high seas and later on fisheries policy, coordinating WWF's work on fisheries subsidies in Europe.
Stefanie Schmidt has an interdisciplinary educational background. She studied biology at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) with minors in chemistry and physics until she received her Vordiplom. Subsequently she spent a year at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA) where she took courses in microbiology, ecology, sociobiology, and marine conservation. Thereafter she moved back to Germany to the University of Bremen, where she did a Master on Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems and Resource Management. For her Master thesis she spent half a year in Costa Rica, where she analyzed a small-scale fishery along the Atlantic Coast. Recently she finished a course on Environmental Policy in the interdisciplinary environmental science program (Infernum) at the FernUniversität Hagen (Germany).