COP25: PIK experts in Madrid

02.12.2019 - "Time for Action": About 25,000 delegates from all over the world are expected to attend the UN Climate Conference COP25 from December 2-13 in Madrid, Spain. "We stand at a critical juncture in our collective efforts to limit dangerous global heating", UN General Secretary António Guterres said at the Opening Ceremony of COP25 in the Spanish Capital. "Millions throughout the world – especially young people – are calling on leaders from all sectors to do more, much more, to address the climate emergency we face. They know we need to get on the right path today, not tomorrow. That means important decisions must be made now," he stressed in his remarks.
COP25: PIK experts in Madrid

From the latest findings in climate science to climate services, several experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research will be on site at COP25 to contribute their scientific expertise. Here are some highlighted events with PIK researchers organizing or participating:


Water – From Science to Action: Mitigation and Adaptation in and through the Water sector
Wednesday, December 4
11:00-12:30, German Pavilion, Hall 6, stand 6A36

We feel the impacts of climate change most directly through water. We will present insights of a new overview study on water-climate interactions. Decision makers and practitioners will discuss their way forward towards resilient water management.

Speakers: Fred Hattermann (PIK), Johan Matthews (AGWA), Munsonda Mumba (UNEP), Anjali Lohani (GWP), Abdou Ramani Traore (NBA), Asok Kumar (National Water Mission India), Ingrid Timboe (AGWA)

Organized by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); adelphi; Alliance for Global Water Adap and Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Weblink to the German Pavilion Event


10 New Insights in Climate Science 2019 (Press Conference)

Friday, December 6
12:00-12:30, Room Chiloe, Hall 10

The world continues to emit greenhouse gases while our planet’s climate is changing faster than ever. From the IPCC Landmark Reports to United in Science and other publications – the 10 New Insights in Climate Science intend to take up the latest and most essential scientific findings published in an extraordinary year, the climate science year in review.

Speakers: Patricia Espinosa (UNFCCC), Johan Rockström (PIK)
, Brian Hoskins (Grantham Institute for Climate Change/Imperial College London) and Wendy Broadgate (Future Earth)

Organized by: Earth League, Future Earth, Global Carbon Project, Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Mountain Research Initiative, Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network

Weblink (as soon as available)


Climate impact assessments as climate services to support adaptation policy and planning
Tuesday, December 10
16:45-18:15, Room 4

At this side event we identify best practices for evidence-based adaptation policy-making at different scales. We present specific assessment approaches, with a focus on Sub-Sahara Africa, and seek to foster a discussion on effective uptake of climate risk assessments for adaptation implementation.

Speakers: Representative from German BMZ and GIZ; Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute; African Development Bank; Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre; Climate Analytics; Representative from Government Ethiopia/Ghana, from NDC Partnership, Christoph Gornott (PIK) etc.

Organized by: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD)

Weblink to the UNFCCC Side Event Calendar


EU Technology Transition for industry -  – the role of research and innovation programmes
Thursday, December 12
10:30-12:00, EU Pavillion, Room Brussels

Representatives from EU funded projects like REINVENT, EU CALC and INNOPATHS discussing technology pathways for decarbonisation with a focus on energy intensive industry. From steel and food, to electrification and the role of hydrogen to consumption trends, digital transformation and energy efficiency.

Speakers: Jürgen Kropp (PIK), Patrick Child (Deputy Director-General DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission), Franz Immler (Head of Sector Climate Action EASME of the European Commission) etc.

Organized by: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, EASME; European Commission (Research and Innovation)

Weblink to the EU Pavilion Calendar


Challenges and solutions for agricultural adaptation planning in Sub-Saharan Africa
Friday, December 13
14:00-16:30 EU Pavilion, Room Helsinki

In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), smallholder farmers produce the majority of food but their food security is highly vulnerable to climate change. In this region, more than 650 million people work in the agricultural sector and will likely be affected by unfavorable cropping conditions. To enhance resilience against climate change perils, science-informed adaptation planning and capacity building for an effective and tailor-made NDC and NAP implementation is crucial.

Speakers: Christoph Gornott (PIK), Kira Vinke (PIK), Lisa Murken (PIK),

Organized by: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Southern African Science Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL)

Weblink to the EU Pavilion Calendar


UNFCCC Side Events and Press Conferences will be webcast live at the time and date indicated (CET), and will be available to view on demand after the event, provided by the UNFCCC here:


Weblink to the UNFCCC Side Event programme:

Weblink to the EU pavilion programme:

Weblink to the German pavilion programme:

Weblink to the Secretary-General's remarks at opening ceremony of UN Climate Change Conference COP25: