Since 28 February 2007, Prof. Joachim Luther has been one of the members of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation that has been appointed by the Federal Government of Germany. Before that he worked for different scientific bodies of policy advice. From 1996 to 1998 he was member of the Working Group on Energy Research of the Science Council, and from 2000 to 2004, of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Government Global Environmental Change (WBGU). In the Fraunhofer-Society, he was a member of the senate and chairman of the main committee of the scientific and technical council.
Prof. Luther studied physics at the University of Hanover, where he completed his doctorate in the field of atomic and laser physics. In 1974, he took the chair in the Department of Physics at the newly established University of Oldenburg. In 1993, he changed to the University of Freiburg as professor for solid-state physics and physical fundamentals of the use of solar energy. At the same time he became director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). In July 2006, Prof. Luther became emeritus.
Since 2008 he has been member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the National University of Singapore and head of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).
For his scientific achievements Prof. Luther was awarded the International Rhineland Prize for Environmental Protection, the "European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics", the "Special Service Award" of the International Society for Solar Energy and the German Environmental Prize of the German Federal Environment Foundation. In September 2006, he was honoured with the Fraunhofer medal for his outstanding service to the Fraunhofer Society.