Dietmar Köster is a German Member of European Parliament since July 2014 and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. He is a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and PANA Committee and a substitute member of the Committee on Culture and Education. His current parliamentary work focuses on copyright in the digital age, being a member of the Working Group on IPR and Copyright Reform, and the Free Trade Agreements CETA and TTIP. Before being elected as a Member of the European Parliament, he was a professor of sociology at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund with a research focus on Geragogik (Age Education).