Carsten Drebenstedt is since 1999 Professor of Surface Mining and was from 2000 - 2006 Vice-Rector of research and from 2013 to 2016 dean of the faculty of geoscience, geoengineering and mining at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg. Before he starts his career at university, he worked 17 years in different positions in production and planning departments in German lignite industry, including reclamtion and land planning department, and was member of the board of an International Consulting Company.
Fields of teaching and research activities are mine planning, mining technologies, ecology in mining, reclamation, mine water management and raw material awareness. Carsten Drebenstedt is invited lecturer in Kasakhstan, Kenia, Laos, Namibia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Russia, and involved in accreditation missions for geology/mining related study courses in Germany, Romania and Kasakhstan. He is Secretary General of the World Forum of Resource Universities on Sustainability (WFURS), and member of the Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) where he represented Europe in the Council from 2006 to 2015. Up to know he has organised more than 50 national and international conferences and published like co-editor/ co-author 16 books in German, Mongolian and Russian languages, further he edited more than 60 proceedings, and more than 400 papers in scientific journals, conference-proceedings and university publications. He is member of the Saxonian academy of sciences and other international scientific academies. He is awarded with honour PhD in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria, honour professor in Mongolia, honour geologist of Mongolia, and honour miner of Vietnam.