Martin Beniston completed his university studies in England and his doctoral thesis in Paris and finally his Habilitation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He has worked in climate research in Australia, France, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. From 1993-1996 he divided his time between climate research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH-Zurich) and vice-chairmanship of the "Impacts" group of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) before being appointed professor at the Université de Fribourg, where he headed the Institut de Géographie. In 2006, he moved to the Université de Genève as professor and director of the Institut des Sciences de l’Environnement. Among the many projects he has led, the major European project ACQWA ( on water resources in a changing climate. He has nearly 200 scientific publications to his credit and, in 2000, was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europea).

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