Maximilian Mayer is the researcher of Center for Global Studies (CGS) in Institute for Political Science and Sociology at Bonn University. He studied in Bochum and Shanghai and holds a master degree in East Asian politics from the Ruhr-University Bochum. He received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation twice from 2004 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2010. He joined the CGS in October 2009 and has worked there as managing assistant (2009-2013). He leads the CGS research group on “rising knowledge powers” and presents regularly at international conferences. His research interests include the global politics/policy of science, innovation, and technology; Chinese foreign, and energy policy; global energy and environmental politics; International Relation theories.