Beate Weber, Lady Mayor of the city of Heidelberg, received her degree in Education from University of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg College of Education. After teaching for several years in an elementary school and at the Heidelberg International Comprehensive School, she became a city councilor in Heidelberg.
From 1979 to 1990, Weber was a member of the European Parliament, where she also served as Vice-president and then President of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. In 1990, she was elected Lady Mayor of the City of Heidelberg, and was granted a second term in 1998. She has been a member of Kommission Zukunft Stadt 200, the Federal Ministry for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development (1992-1993), the Independent Commission on Population and Quality of Life, UNDP, UNESCO (1993-1996), of the German National Committee HABITAT II, the Federal Ministry for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development (1995- 1996), and the International Advisory Council of the Executives1 Club of Chicago/USA (since 1997). Since January 1997 she has served as President of the German Section of the International Institute of Administrative Services.