PIK turns 20 and keeps growing - so do the challenges
Nobel Prize Laureate for his work on the ozone hole, Professor at the University of California in San Diego:
"My heartiest congratulations on the 20th anniversary of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The contributions of the Institute have been truly impressive and of great importance for our community, for climate change science as well as for climate change policy. Recent examples include the development of the ‘Budget Approach’ for international climate change negotiations, and the studies connecting extreme weather events with human-induced climate change."
Federal Minister of Education and Research:
“The work PIK scientists achieve is an important fundament for the sustainable development of mankind and nature. With their excellent research, PIK scientists create a sound knowledge base for decisions in politics and economy. I wish PIK a further strengthening of its outstanding position.”
I.G. Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE):
"The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, under the inspiring leadership of John Schellnhuber, has become one of the world's leading research institutions on climate change. Among its many strengths has been the ability to bring together world class researchers from many different disciplines to tackle a defining issue of our century, climate change. PIK's work has been very influential on policy-making processes. I would particularly emphasise its research on modelling the possible response of global temperatures to different future potential pathways of annual emissions of greenhouse gases, which has helped people and governments around the world to understand more fully the need for strong and collective mitigating action, and its analyses of policies and action for emissions reductions which have produced valuable insights into the options and choices we have available."
Executive Director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi/India, and member of the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate of the UN Secretary General:
"In a short span of 20 years, PIK has emerged as one of a handful of institutions of global repute that are advancing the certitude of key decision-makers on both the impacts of climate change as also the scope for finding solutions – through specialized, scientifically robust, systems modelling and transdisciplinary analysis. I do hope that PIK would impart its strength, through strategic partnerships, to other institutions around the world so as to facilitate more informed and contextually relevant decision-making in all parts of the world.”
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales:
"As the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research celebrates its 20th Anniversary, it seems an ideal moment to reflect on its vital work on global changes. Our planet is coming under increasing pressure, through issues such as climate change and depletion of the earth’s natural resources – and the consequences of these environmentally, socially and economically, threaten the future of our children and grandchildren. P.I.K.’s dedication to addressing these consequences in a coherent and connected way is truly inspiring and I can only hope it will continue to provide such valuable research and insights for the next twenty years and beyond..."
former Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Meteorology, Hamburg, and chair of the founding committee of PIK:
“The foundation of PIK twenty years ago was one of the most fortunate decisions of politics. Led by his vigorous and far sighted director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the small but quite active former Institute of Environmental Physics became the nowadays worldwide highly recognized Institute for Climate Impact Research. In no small parts due to the intelligence provided by PIK, Germany and Europe play a leading role in climate politics today. One of the most important future challenges will be to focus this work even more on currently stagnating global environment politics. It is gratifying to see that PIK has actually accepted this challenge”.
Leader of Sustainability Science Centre and Professor at the University of Copenhagen:
“Three things pop into my mind when I think of PIK: cutting edge research, innovative ideas and policy relevance. PIK has been at the forefront when it comes to understanding human interactions with the climate system. New ideas such as switch-and-choke points; tolerable windows; and syndromes, evolution trees and fuzzy logic have all evolved at PIK and you see many of these ideas emerging in the development of management strategies for dealing with anthropogenic climate change.”
Minister President of the German federal state Brandenburg:
“Climate and weather, where is the difference? Publicist Ernst Reinhardt from Switzerland said: ‘we cannot affect the weather, but unfortunately we can affect the climate’. More and more we become aware that he is right about that. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research plays an essential role in sharpening society’s awareness for the consequences of acting for the climate of our one world and to appeal to our sense of responsibility. The Institute is an important part of the international community committed to researching the consequences of human activities for the climate. PIK has not only become an indispensable part of the research landscape in Brandenburg but also of international science.”
Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and Chief Sustainability Officer:
“The world population consumes as many natural resources as 1.6 earths provide – until 2030 it is supposed to be two earths already. This development is going to entail serious climate change. In my view, climate change therefore is a global task for society as a whole. Professor Schellnhuber and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research are accomplishing outstanding fundamental research. With its findings the Institute plays a leading role in Germany and beyond. At Siemens, we consider a close and steady exchange with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as an important bridge between science and economy. With our green products and technologies we provide practical solutions for questions science raises, and can help reducing CO2 – in the last business year, our environmental portfolio already reached 30 billion Euro in sales.”
Chairman of the Otto Group Supervisory Board:
“For 20 years, PIK has been a voice of high societal relevance in admonishing and warning on questions of climate impact research through its research and its scientists´ commitment. The results of PIK’s work clearly show the importance of meeting the 2° target to sustain our livelihood and also offer a framework of orientation for businesses, enabling them to contribute to effective climate protection. I hope that PIK will keep on fulfilling this role vigorously and will actively carry on the discourse about the protection of our climate.“