Jan Knippers is a practising consulting engineer and since 2000 has also been head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart. His interest is in innovative and resource-efficient structures created at the intersection of research and development and practice (www.janknippers.com)
Since 2014 Jan Knippers has been the lead coordinator of the DFG collaborative research centre TRR141 „Biological Design and Integrative Structures“, a collaboration between the Universities of Stuttgart, Tübingen and Freiburg.
Jan Knippers is a member of national and European code committees for fibre composites, namely CEN/TC 250/WG 4 „Prospect for New Guidance in the Design of FRP“.
He is author of several books, numerous scientific publications, is a member of various advisory boards (i.e. German Science Foundation) and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences.