Prof. Dr. W. Eberhard Falck obtained a diploma in applied geology (Dipl.-Geol.) from the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel/Germany after studies at this university and the ETH Zürich/Switzerland. He received his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1988 from the Technical University Darmstadt/Germany with a thesis on applied hydrogeochemistry.
His professional career took him from Nottingham/UK (British Geological Survey, 1987-1991), via Bergamo and Rome/Italy (ISMES S.p.a., 1991/1992), Berlin (WS Atkins, 1992-1994, and as independent consultant 1994-1999), Vienna/Austria (International Atomic Energy Agency, 1999-2006), to Petten/NL (European Commission Joint Research Centre, 2006-2009). From to 2009 to 2015 he has been associate professor of environmental sciences at the Université de Versailles St. Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ). He continues to be a visiting professor at the Ecole de Mines in Nantes (France). His teaching covers a wide range of subjects, such as the interaction between environmental sciences and society, natural risks and their management, and the management and remediation of mining legacies. He has also worked as project manager for the Minerals Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) in the UK, and as expert for the IAEA in Vienna, the OECD-NEA in Paris, the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, and the European Parliament in Brussels. While his original field of work was the safe management of radioactive waste, he has been actively contributing now for more than 20 years to the long-term management of (uranium) mining legacies. During this time stakeholder and sustainability issues have become increasingly a focal area. This is reflected in a considerable number of (technical) guidance books he edited and the policy support provided to inter alia the European Commission and the European Parliament. Most recently he acted/acts as a project manager or co-ordinator for a number of European Commission projects, including EO-Miners, SUSTAMINING, I2Mine, INTRAW, MICA, MINATURA2020, SCRREEN, and MinFuture.mining legacies.