Public Events


Green Growth

Online event, from May 10, 2021 12:10 PM to May 10, 2021 01:30 PM
PIK Director Ottmar Edenhofer discusses the opportunities and risks of transitioning our economy with Cameron Hepburn, Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme and Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford.
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Nobel Prize Summit

Digital event, from Apr 26, 2021 01:30 PM to Apr 27, 2021 10:30 PM
Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), is one of the organisers alongside Marcia McNutt, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and Vidar Helgesen, executive director of the Nobel Foundation, of the first-ever Nobel Prize Summit, titled "Our Planet, Our Future".
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The New European Bauhaus

Online event, from Apr 08, 2021 10:00 AM to Apr 08, 2021 04:00 PM
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founding director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, will present the key note on the vision for a New European Bauhaus.
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The Future of Planetary Health

Online event, from Apr 07, 2021 08:00 AM to Apr 07, 2021 09:30 AM
Sabine Gabrysch, Professor for Climate Change and Health at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, takes part in “The Future of Health” conversation series by the Philippine St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine.
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Webinar: Tipping Points

Online event, from Mar 30, 2021 06:00 PM to Mar 30, 2021 08:00 PM
As part of the Nobel Prize Summit, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and Jonathan Donges, researcher on Earth System Analysis at PIK, will be speakers at a webinar titled "Tipping points for sustainability transitions".
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Quo vadis Europa?

Facebook Live, from Mar 29, 2021 07:00 PM to Mar 29, 2021 08:30 PM
The Goethe-Institut Portugal is hosting an online debate entitled "Green Deal, pandemic crisis - what next?" with Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), as guest.
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Climate risks and policies

Online event, from Mar 22, 2021 02:45 PM to Mar 23, 2021 06:30 PM
Climate change is a risk multiplier: It increases risks, fragility, inequalities and the vulnerability of economies. Responding to the challenges of climate change requires a comprehensive approach to transition towards resilient low-carbon economies. Achieving this transition requires an understanding of the socio-economic and socio-political factors that enable and constrain a “just transition“. The PEGNet Conference 2021 will provide a platform for leading development scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to reflect on relevant topics in the field of development economics. Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), will give a key note on the conference's first day and Sophie von Loeben, also a scientist at PIK, will take part in a session on "Policies for strengthening resilience and managing risk" on its second day.
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Book a Scientist

Digital event, from Mar 18, 2021 12:00 PM to Mar 18, 2021 06:30 PM
Speed dating with science - experts from the Leibniz Association answer questions in individual, 25-minute, one-on-one online conversations on more than 150 topics in various fields. Participating for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are: Frederik Wolf on the topic of "Climate Networks: Uncovering Connections in the Earth System" and Norbert Marwan on caves as scientific archives. In addition, Julia Brugger and Peter Steiglechner, who used to do research at PIK.
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A new carbon pricing paradigm for the path to NET ZERO

Online, from Mar 09, 2021 02:00 PM to Mar 09, 2021 03:15 PM
At this online event - hosted by Bruegel, the European think tank that specialises in economics - Ottmar Edenhofer (PIK Director, MCC Director), Peter Liese (Member of the European Parliament), Sam Van den Plas (Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch), Beatriz Yordi Aguirre (Director, European & International Carbon Markets, European Commission, Directorate General for CLIMA) and Georg Zachmann (Senior Fellow) will discuss how to strengthen the role of carbon pricing, while taking economic, political and institutional considerations into account.
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Climate change impacts on conflict

Online event, from Feb 25, 2021 02:00 PM to Feb 25, 2021 04:00 PM
Starting with inputs from experts on Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Syria, experts will discuss how climatic effects, such as droughts and shifting rainfall patterns, affect local conflict dynamics. Based on these insights, the nexus of climate change and peacebuilding will be explored. The Berghof Foundation and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) want to advance the debate from stating the facts to taking action. Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of PIK, will give the opening remarks to this event. PIK's Stefanie Wesch will contribute to the input on Afghanistan. And Kira Vinke, Co-chair Advisory Council for Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding and project lead at PIK, will take part in the closing panel discussion.
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Planetary Health in Europe

Digital event, from Feb 24, 2021 03:25 PM to Feb 24, 2021 03:40 PM
Aiming to expand the scope of research in planetary health in Europe, the Instituto de Salud in Barcelona hold multiple webinar in February and March 2021. The programme is aimed at strengthening the field of Planetary Health, particularly within Europe, by bringing together stakeholders from academia, government, and civil society. Johan Rockström, Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), takes part in its first session with a presentation titled: "The planetary boundaries: from science to politics – what is needed for better implementation of research"
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IT within planetary boundaries

Digital event, from Feb 23, 2021 05:15 PM to Feb 23, 2021 05:45 PM
Digitalisation spans all areas, from the future of food, mobility, healthcare to technological innovations where science and technology are developing new applications for AI and Big Data methods. The great challenge for humanity is to reconcile the global sustainability transition of a world within the safe operating space of a resilient and stable planet and the digital revolution, which offers enormous opportunities for human development. As part of the programme for the Hamburger IT Strategie Tage, Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), will give a presentation on this interplay between global sustainability strategies and IT.
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Launch of Berlin Insights Series on Climate Change and Development

Livestream at, from Jan 20, 2021 03:00 PM to Jan 20, 2021 04:30 PM
The inaugural event of a new series of dialogues, the 'Berlin Insights Series on Climate Change and Development' marks the beginning of a deepened cooperation between the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The focus will be on driving forward applied development research on how to improve climate action and resilience in African countries. It will have the heading "From climate science to climate action: Climate-proofing African-European cooperation". Christoph Gornott, Leader of the working group Adaptation in Agricultural Systems (AGRICA) at PIK and Professor at Kassel University, will present latest results of the working group's research. The main focus of the panel discussion, in which Johan Rockström, Director of PIK, will take part in, will be on analysing climate risks as well as the cost-benefit ratio of adaptation options in Africa.
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Performance Lecture by Johan Rockström: About our time on earth

Dramaten, Nybroplan, 111 47 Stockholm, from Nov 21, 2020 12:00 AM to Nov 21, 2020 11:59 PM
What will the planet of our children and grandchildren look like? What can we do today to avoid the worst disasters? And is there a light in the tunnel to a sustainable and attractive world? Meet Johan Rockström, professor of global environmental science, in a dramatized lecture on our future on earth. With the help of the actress Sanna Sundqvist from Dramaten, he tells about why the planet is in an acute emergency - and how we must immediately find a new direction so that global warming and the loss of biodiversity do not change the conditions for all life on earth. It will be dark, yet possibly a little hopeful. Johan Rockström has been named the most environmentally powerful person in Sweden twice, is a member of several scientific academies, has been head of the Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm Resilience Center and is now head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Rockström has written several books and been both summer and winter talker in P1. Performance Lectures, where knowledge is conveyed with the theater's tools, is a new way of exploring and communicating science with the help of the form of performing arts. The format is a recurring collaboration between Dramaten & and the Nobel Prize Museum. Previously, robot researcher Danica Kragić Jensfelt has given a Performance Lecture on robots, professor of theoretical physics, Ulf Danielsson, on the universe, psychology researcher Armita Golkar on fear, economics professor Micael Dahlen on happiness and philosophy professor Åsa Wikforss on truth. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the premiere on November 21 has unfortunately been postponed until further notice.
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Race to Zero Dialogues

Virtual, from Nov 09, 2020 09:30 AM to Nov 19, 2020 06:00 PM
The Race To Zero Dialogues (9-19 November) are critical inputs to the UNFCCC Climate Dialogues from 23 Nov – Dec 4 to accelerate progress to meet the Paris Agreement. Together, both Dialogues will set the stage for the Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12 December as the world embarks on the ‘Race to Zero’ towards COP26 in 2021.
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World Health Summit in Berlin

Karl-Marx-Allee 131A, 10243 Berlin , from Oct 28, 2019 09:00 AM to Oct 28, 2019 10:30 AM
This years World Health Summit takes place in Berlin from October 27 to 29, 2019. Sabine Gabrysch, Professor for Climate Change and Health at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), together with Andrew Haines, London School of Hygien & Tropical Medicine, Christian Hochfeld, Agora Verkehrswende and Maria Neira, World Helth Organization, will be speaking on the topic of Climate Change and Public Health.
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The Future of our Climate

Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg, Schinkelplatz, 15320 Neuhardenberg , from Jun 30, 2019 09:00 PM to Jun 30, 2019 11:00 PM
Dry and hot summers, melting ice in the polar regions, forest fires not only in Southern Europe and California, but also in the middle of Brandenburg, monsoons and hurricanes in the German capital - is the weather going crazy? The effects of climate change can no longer be dismissed. Is the "summer of the century 2018" a harbinger of a hot time? How will constantly rising temperatures and changing weather conditions affect a region like Brandenburg in the medium and long term? What changes will this development bring to the agricultural sector and other sectors of the economy? Will climate-induced migration be one of the global consequences? Besides director emeritus and founding director of the PIK, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Annalena Baerbock, federal chairwoman B90/Die Grünen and MdB for Brandenburg, as well as Ludolf von Maltzan, managing director of the ecological village Brodowin, will discuss the consequences. The discussion will be chaired by science journalist and editor Thomas Prinzler.
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About Hope

Kirche St. Canisius, Witzlebenstr. 30, 14057 Berlin , from Mar 17, 2019 11:00 AM to Mar 17, 2019 01:00 PM
During Lent, the Jesuit Refugee Service Germany will hold a series of sermons at which Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the PIK, will speak on 17 March 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Canisius in Berlin.
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The Planetary Boundaries of our Earth

DBU Naturerbe, An der Bornau 2, 49090 Osnabrück, from Dec 06, 2018 06:45 PM to Dec 06, 2018 09:00 PM
Back in 2009 the designated co-director Johan Rockström and the founding director John Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) presented the scientific concept of the Planetary Boundaries together with 26 other internationally renowned researchers. The framework defines the safe operating space for humanity on Planet Earth concerning the nine aspects Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, Land-Use Change, Biogeochemical Cycles, Freshwater Use, Biosphere Integrity, Atmospheric Aerosol Loading, Chemical Pollution and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion. Since then the recognized concept is constantly developed further and the boundaries are quantified time and again with the involvement of the PIK. The institute’s scientist Holger Hoff contributes to the further development and implementation of the framework and is going to present it to the interested public in his evening lecture on 6 December at the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU). In advance there will be offered a guided tour through the current exhibition “MenschenWelt”. Lecture and tour are free of charge and will be held in German without translation. No registration is necessary.
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Special exhibition ARTEFAKTE at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin, from Nov 23, 2018 04:30 PM to Nov 23, 2018 05:00 PM
The new special exhibition ARTEFAKTE at the Musem für Naturkunde Berlin initiates a dialogue between its visitors and scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) about urgent environmental issues. This dialogue is based on the aesthetic and highly sophisticated images of the New York-based artist J Henry Fair.
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Bits & Bäume - The conference for digitalisation and sustainability

from Nov 17, 2018 11:00 AM to Nov 18, 2018 06:45 PM
For the first time the open networking conference Bits & Bäume brings digitalisation and sustainability through diverse panels, workshops and talks together. The conference is collectively organisied by 10 partner organisations representing environment- and network policy, development cooperation and science. This year Sabine Auer, Frank Hellmann and Anton Plietzsch of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are part of the varied programme.
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INNOspace-Conference "Aerospace Technologies and Services for Agriculture"

Inselhotel Potsdam, Hermannswerder 30, 14473 Potsdam, from Nov 08, 2018 10:00 AM to Nov 08, 2018 05:00 PM
On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the DLR Space Administration is organising a cross-sector conference on the potential for application of satellite-based earth observation, navigation and communication in agriculture, titled "Aerospace Technologies and Services for Agriculture - Agricultural Engineering, Digitisation, Climate Change and Biodiversity". Keynotes on the defined topics will introduce the audience to the subject. Afterwards, concrete new solutions and project ideas will be developed in four moderated workshops. The speakers are high-ranking experts from agricultural engineering (smart farming), space travel as well as climate and biodiversity research. PIK-scientist Hermann Lotze-Campen will give a lecture on "Sustainable Land Use, Climate Change and Biodiversity Protection: How can we use Space Services and Technologies effectively?" Further main topics of the conference are: Smart/Precision Farming and Agricultural Technology; Technology Transfer and Spin-Offs/Spin-Ins (Robotics, Sensors, Materials, etc.); Earth Observation, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. Admission to the event is free, a binding registration is required by 26 October. The conference will be held in German Language.
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Change of Course 1.5 Degrees - The Limits of Growth in Solving the Climate Crisis

Loft der Kalkscheune, Kalkscheunenstr. 4-5, 10117 Berlin, from Oct 11, 2018 06:30 PM to Oct 11, 2018 10:00 PM
At the beginning of October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to adopt a special report on the 1.5-degree limit for maximum global warming. Effective solutions to the climate crisis are more urgent than ever. The prevailing growth paradigm must be challenged and the transformation towards a climate-friendly global community that acts within planetary boundaries must be initiated. What measures can we take to reduce global energy and resource consumption? What changes do we need in our current way of economy and life? And how can these steps also contribute to solving other socio-ecological crises? These questions and possible answers will be discussed by the panel of the evening after having listened to a keynote speech by the designated director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Johan Rockström. Admission to the event is free, a registration is required. The discussion will be held in English and German language with simultaneous translation. A live stream of the event will be provided under the following link:
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New Pathways for Climate Policy in the Global South

GIZ-Haus Berlin, Reichpietschufer 20, 10785 Berlin, from Oct 09, 2018 06:30 PM to Oct 09, 2018 08:30 PM
The Chair of International Politics at the University of Potsdam and the Department of International Relations at the Technical University of Darmstadt invite to the panel discussion "New Pathways for Climate Policy in the Global South" in collaboration with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). Representatives of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the University of East Anglia and Germanwatch e.V. will attend the panel. Admission to the event is free, registration is required by 27 September. The event will be held in German language.
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ALBATROSS: Film screening and discussion

Thalia Programmkino, Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 50, 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg, from Sep 26, 2018 08:00 PM to Sep 26, 2018 10:00 PM
In cooperation with the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD and the city of Potsdam, each year the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) delivers a guest artist the opportunity of a residence in the historic building "Kleiner Refraktor" in the heart of the science park "Albert Einstein" on the Telegrafenberg. This year's Artist in Residence at PIK is Chris Jordan, photographer and director of the breathtaking movie ALBATROSS that is reflecting "the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption, and humanity's damaged relationship with the living world". Margret Boysen is coordinating the exchange program between science and arts and together with the artist she presents an exclusive screening of his film ALBATROSS in the art house cinema in Potsdam on 26 September. Following the film (97 min), Chris Jordan will answer questions from the audience. The entrance is free, the film and the event will be in English language.
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Is it still possible to manage the impacts of climate change?

Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Schwerin, Graf-Schack-Allee 12, 19053 Schwerin, from Sep 26, 2018 12:00 PM to Sep 26, 2018 01:30 PM
Under the title "Challenge Infrastructure – Strategies and Measures for the Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change" there will take place the 5th regional conference of the North German federal states in Schwerin on 26 September. On board: the renowned climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Before he will discuss on the stage with representatives of the ministries of the environment of the participating federal states, he is going to deliver the keynote speech of the conference: "The warmest April and May in North Germany since weather records began, the rising sea-levels and weakening gulf stream system, the so far unending series of weather extremes – how do the most actual available data on global warming look like? Do tipping points of the climate system already have been crossed? Is there a connection between climate change and causes of migration?" The event will be held in German language and the participation is free of charge. Registration is required before 19 September.
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Citizens' Award Kassel ("Das Glas der Vernunft"): Saúl Luciano Lliuya

Opera of the Staatstheater Kassel, Friedrichsplatz 15, 34117 Kassel, from Sep 23, 2018 11:00 AM to Sep 23, 2018 01:00 PM
The founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) John Schellnhuber delivers the ceremonial address within this year’s presentation of the Citizens' Award Kassel ("Das Glas der Vernunft"). The awardee Saúl Luciano Lliuya from the Peruvian High Andes "requests through a civil action from a German energy company, Europe’s largest CO2 emitter, a share in the costs of protective measures saving his property from an impending deluge from a glacial lake, as the emissions from the power plants contribute to the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere and thus the melting of the eternal ice of the Andes and the rise of the water level. With this initiative he by democratic means establishes a link between climate-relevant production methods in the industrialized nations and their impacts on regions thousands of miles away. So he appeals not only in favour of himself but of 50.000 also endagered residents of his hometown Huarez to a gobal-oriented conscientiousness. We honour his courage in by means of reason and justice obliging the involved actors to take the responsibility for the hazards resulting from their action." Admission tickets for the event in the opera of the Staatstheater Kassel can be purchased in advance via e-mail or phone.
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Climate Change and its impacts on Potsdam. What can we do?

Trattoria Toscana, Zeppelinstraße 136, 14471 Potsdam, from Aug 31, 2018 07:00 PM to Aug 31, 2018 09:00 PM
John Schellnhuber is founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and one of the world’s most renowned climate scientists. He is leading the PIK for more than 25 years and with his achievements he has substantially shaped climate science as well as the public and political debate about climate change and climate protection. The PIK and its director always fostered a special relationship with he institute’s hometown – Potsdam. About the impacts of climate change on the state capital and measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, Schellnhuber will discuss on 31 August in the "Gespräch am Grünen Flügel" with the candidate for the position of head mayor of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN Janny Armbruster. With musical accompaniment by Tobias Thiele. Please register via e-mail before 28 August. The event will be held in German.
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Aliment Air ("Lebensmittel Luft")

Museum der Brotkultur, Salzstadelgasse 10, 89073 Ulm, from Jun 10, 2018 09:00 AM to Sep 09, 2018 06:00 PM
The current special exhibition in the Museum der Brotkultur in Ulm depicts different aspects of AIR: “Perhaps more existentially than water and earth, humans need air: not even five minutes they can survive without breathing. But air is also wind and weather, and is a climate that is friendly for life. The invisible element, in earlier imaginations habitat of immaterial beings such as angels or demons, today is populated e.g. by growing concentrations of CO2, by drones and satellites. The latter are serving research and observation – also of weather and climate changes. An aristic object by Björn Schülke designed specially for the exhibition lets one think of all these aspects. In their impressing photographic works, Camille Seaman and Tomás Saraceno show us staggering weather phenomenons that make us aware of the transformability of air. In contrast, Benedikt Partenheimer’s photographic studies about air pollution in Peking seem to sink in mist. Innovative start-ups, such as the one by the artist Daan Roosegaarde, concern about the question how to filter CO2 from the air – while Anna Debora Zimmermann abducts us with her installation of breezy, whispering beings into the world of spirits and poetry. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) delivers accompanying informations and films.” The entrance fee to the special exhibition is 4 Euros including a guided tour (reduced entrance fee: 3 Euros). Registration of groups is possible via phone. The language of the written elements of the exhibition and the guided tour is German.
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Long Night of Sciences 2018 at PIK: Climate Research up close!

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Reserach (PIK), Science Park Albert Einstein at the Telegraph Hill, 14473 Potsdam, from Jun 09, 2018 05:00 PM to Jun 09, 2018 11:59 PM
On a mild June evening, nearly 70 scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam are yearly opening their doors for the public. With interactive events, they fascinate the visitors for their work and present up-to-date research results. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is on board again! At PIK, natural and social sciences cooperate closely to examine the climate change and its ecologic, economic and social impacts - and to develop strategies for the sustainable development of Humankind and Nature. Our guests are welcome to look behind the scenes: get to know real climate scientists - and the technical heart of our research: our Supercomputer! There will be a lot of lectures, discussions and information stands about climate change, its impacts and possibilities of action for each end everyone! On top: various activities for the offspring! Come and visit us at the beautiful Telegraph Hill in Potsdam! Tickets available online and on-site. Notice: Lectures and experiments will be in German language (without translation) - but as most of our scientists can converse in English and respond to questions fluently, our exhibitions, information stands and personal encounters are well enjoyable without knowledge of the German language.
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