anne poggenpohl
Design & environmental sciences

I am Anne, a designer, environmental sciences student and part-time outdoor explorer fueled by curiosity and optimism. I consider design as a tool to understand current socio-ecological challenges and to effect change by envisioning alternatives.

Currently, I am completing a Master of Science at the International Master of Environmental Sciences Program (IMES) at the University of Cologne, Germany. My current master thesis research aims on »Revealing Opportunities to reduce Single-Use Plastics by a Systemic Design Approach in Indonesia«.

I have also been a dedicated co-founder of the Young Explorers Camp in Germany’s Black Forest National Park since 2014. The camp encourages young adults to explore the beauty and fragility of nature and equips them to become ambassadors for our environment: Young Explorers Camp in the Black Forest National Park.


since 2015
March 2016

2011 – 2015
2008 – 2011


International Master of Environmental Sciences (IMES), University of Cologne
Field Research and Joint project, Institute of Environement Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India
Industrial Design, École nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI), Paris
B.A. Integrated Design, Köln International School of Design (KISD), TH Köln
Apprenticeship, Media Designer for Digital and Print, Bertelsmann AG


since Oct 2017
April 2018

Nov – Apr 2017

since 2014

2013 – 2017
2014 – 2015
2008 – 2011

professional experience

Intern / Master Thesis Project in Circular Economy at ENVIU, Rotterdam
Guest Lecturer: Short Term Project »Systems Thinking and Sustainability in Cologne«, Köln International School of Design (KISD), TH Köln
Full-time holiday replacement (2 months) and Intern »Campaign Coordination and Sustainable Strategy« at »Zu gut für die Tonne«, Communications office to combate food waste, Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, Bonn
Project lead and Design Thinking Workshop Lead at the Young Explorers Camp, Abenteuer Schwarzwald, Pangaea Project e.V. and Fair Film Productions
Visual Communication and Public Relations, Stiftung Energieeffizienz
Research Assistant / Exchange Tutor, KISD, TH Köln
Media Designer and International Junior Project Manager, Mohn Media


Feb 2016
since Oct 2015
2013 - 2015

2010 - 2015


Involvement & Skills

Judge at Emballé 3.0, Conseil National d'Emballage, Paris
Representative of the IMES Cohort
Elected Member of the Student Council, Student representative at the Improvement Committee & International Committee
Pedagogical assistant and organization of sailing trips and leisure for mentally and physically challanged people, Lebenshilfe Gütersloh e.V.

English (fluent), French (advanced), Dutch (beginner)
Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, Solid Works, Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, EndNote, prototyping with different materials, storytelling, photography


Jan 2017

Dec 2016

May 2016

Dec 2015

Nov 2015
Dec 2014
Aug 2014
Jun 2014
Jul 2012

Exhibtions, Talks & Publications

»Urban Artists: l’art au cœur de la transformation« In: Revue sur Mesure – Issue #1, by V. Douwes, A. Poggenpohl, R. Bianchetti
Talk »Reimagining the 'urban nature' concept: Ecological restoration through a new process of urbanization« at 10th Winter Meeting on »Sustainable Approaches for Health and Environment«, University of Cologne
Exhibition of »Bien Bon« and »Crumbled Cup« at Grow I Degrow. Design between Excess and Calculus, Cologne
»Virtually / Sustainable « In: Messedesign Jahrbuch 2015, S. 278- 283, av edition GmbH, Stuttgart
Bachelor Thesis at Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAKK), Cologne
Talk on »Code of Surrealism« at Next Level Conference, Dortmunder U
Exhibition »Code of Surrealism« at Gamescom, Cologne
Exhibition »C'était Bien Bon« at Jeunes Satellites, Paris
»Rezension: Werkzeuge zur Dechiffrierung von Kriegsbildern?« In: KISDbulletin (Webmagazin) der Köln International School of Design, with Thomas Seibert


Jun 2017
2015 - 2017
Nov 2016
Aug 2015
Feb 2015
2011 - 2015
Jul 2011

Awards & Scholarships

Re-awarded: UN-Dekade for Biological Diversity for »Abenteuer Schwarzwald«
Scholarship, Kölner Gymnasial und Stiftungsfond
Special Recognition at Lucky Strike Junior Design Award
UN-Dekade for Biological Diversity for »Abenteuer Schwarzwald«
1st place »Coup de Couer« with »C'était Bien Bon«, Conseil National d'Emballage
Scholarship »Deutschland Stipendium«, TH Köln
1st place Coverdesign for GAG Cologne with Simone Fahrenhorst
Best Apprentice in the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, IHK Ostwestfalen

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