Public Events


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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Climate Action Day: Climate Change 4.0

Futurium, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin, from Jun 03, 2018 11:20 AM to Jun 03, 2018 12:20 PM
Lecture by PIK-director John Schellnhuber, with following discussion. June 3rd is Climate Action Day at the new future lab Futurium. A variety of events invites people of all ages to participate. The scientific keynote lecture will be held by PIK-director John Schellnhuber: "In the anthropocene, humanity has become a planetary force, that is even capable to suppress natural ice ages. While the aftermath of the industrial revolution threatens to destroy our livelihoods and our civilization, the digital revolution at least generates opportunities for the mastery of the climate crisis through its rapid technological progress. Smart grids, energy sources and storages, highly efficient circulary production processes, resource-conserving land-use, virtual interaction formats etc. can help initiating the turnaround towards sustainability to perform the Great Transformation." In the following, the renowned climate scientist discusses with Stephan Brandt, director of the Futurium, about the topic. The event will be held in German language without translation. The entrance is free, no registration necessary.
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Guardians of the Earth: Film premiere and discussion

Thalia Programm Kino, Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 50, 14482 Potsdam, from May 30, 2018 08:00 PM to May 30, 2018 11:00 PM
With PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf. "'Guardians of the Earth" is an evocative documentary about climate change and the salvage of our species. Director Filip Antoni Malinowski turns the revolutionary World Climate Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris into an electrifying political thriller. Which kind of people are them, who decide about the future of our planet? Who is super-hero and who is super-villain? The next round in this conflict will be the World Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland. This film is an important contemporary document and delivers significant stimuli for the discussion", the film distribution is announcing its new movie. The art house cinema Thalia in Potsdam shows it one day before the official launch. On board: PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf in the following discussion about the film. Screening and discussion will be in German language without translation. Tickets are available in advance online or on-site in the cinema.
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Anthropocene Lecture: Bruno Latour with John Schellnhuber

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin , from May 04, 2018 07:00 PM to May 04, 2018 09:00 PM
Lecture and Discussion with PIK-Direktor John Schellnhuber. "At the center of current political storms is the issue of climate change, suggests sociologist and epistemologist Bruno Latour. He reflects on current geopolitical conditions while underlining their intricate link to migrations, the explosion of injustice under the neoliberal regime and the panic-fueled return to nationalist egoisms. In his Anthropocene Lecture he reflects on how we might gain ground again in this vexing situation. Following his lecture, Latour discusses his concept of a “terrestrial politics” with Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)." The entrance is free, tickets will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis from 5pm onwards on the day of the event.
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Make open climate data work - re:publica 2018

STATION Berlin, 10963 Berlin, Stage T, from May 03, 2018 05:30 PM to May 03, 2018 06:30 PM
Discussion with PIK-scientists Lila Warszawski and Tobias Geiger. "Scared of big data? We eat this stuff for breakfast!" The re:publica is "one of the largest and most exciting conferences about digital culture in the world". In their discussion, the researchers Lila Warszawski, Tobias Geiger and Simon David Hirsbrunner, and the editor Toralf Staud "will explore, interrelate and discuss the myriad layers of digital data within the world of climate change research – petabytes of raw data stored in scientific supercomputers, countless pages of online explanation, documentation and visualization, as well as seemingly endless social media threads passionately debating these explanations." The event is part of the re:publica, hence a conference ticket has to be purchased to get access to the venue.
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Climate Justice

Salon of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin, from Apr 28, 2018 10:00 AM to Apr 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Lecture and panel discussion. John Schellnhuber belongs to the world's most renowned climate scientists and is founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). At a joint event by PIK, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLS), he gives an overview of the current state of science on climate change and its impacts. In the following, Dagmar Enkelmann from the RLS and Barbara Unmüßig from the Böll Foundation speak on the opportunities of political foundations to contribute to Climate Justice and show examples of sustainable political education. Finally, the three speakers discuss on the keyword "Climate Justice" - one of the core issues concerning climate change adaptation and mitigaton. The event will be held in German language without translation. The entrance is free, no registration necessary.
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Berlin Climate Day 2018: Is Climate Change already here?

Circular Economy House (CRCLR) at the premises of the old Kindl Brewery, Rollbergstraße 26, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln (entrance via Werbellinstr. 57-62), from Apr 22, 2018 10:00 AM to Apr 22, 2018 07:00 PM
Day of Action. "Our speakers give concrete answers: physicians from Berlin, farmers from Brandenburg, staff members of insurance companies and the water companies Berliner Wasserbetriebe report from their daily work routine about specific impacts of climate change", says the invitation to this year's Berlin Climate Day. The stage program is scientifically underpinned by researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): Dr. Manfred Stock explains the interconnections between climate change and heat extremes, and Dr. Fritz Reusswig introduces the pilot project Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin (KliB). The diversified stage program is all-day long and surrounded by several workshops, info desks and a children's program. The event will be held in German language without translation. No registration necessary, the entrance is free.
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Beneath us, the deluge? Climate change and global inequality

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Großer Saal, Lingnerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden, from Apr 19, 2018 07:00 PM to Apr 19, 2018 09:00 PM
Lecture and discussion with PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf. "The human-made climate change is one of the biggest global challenges of our time. Future scenarios based on climate data indicate, that livelihoods of more and more people are in danger due to extreme droughts, floods, storms or sea-level rise. The risks for our social order and the expected costs for the adaptation to climate change impacts for communities and countries are scarcely assessable. All this is well known to politicians and the public. Nevertheless we don't change our behaviour, stay tied to our routines or even intensify them, as we drill deeper and deeper for oil, coal and gas to burn even more of it. Are the data and projections about climate change exaggerated or does the emerging global crisis not hit all of us to the same extent? Prof. Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf, climatologist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and Prof. Dr. Stephan Lessenich, sociologist at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, address these questions from different perspectives in their lectures, and in the following join in a panel discussion about challenges and opportunities." The event will be held in German language without translation. The entrance is free, registration is requested.
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Can global warming still be mitigated? Lecture and Discussion on the Monte Verità

Monte Verità, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland, from Mar 24, 2018 04:00 PM to Mar 24, 2018 05:00 PM
Climate conferences, hurricanes, doomsday scenarios or the romantic search for a better life - nature is a frequently arising focus of today's discourse. It appears in a variety of contexts: environmental protection, species and animal protection, ecological movements, nature as a threat, nature as a power of destruction, nature as a shelter. All of these terms make clear how diverse "nature" is in our common understanding. Within the event series "The utopia of nature" of the "Eventi Letterari Monte Verità", authors, scientists and philosophers approach the different meanings of "nature" and report in lectures and discussions about their research, expeditions and findings. In this context, PIK-Director John Schellnhuber presents his literary work "Selbstverbrennung" and concisely summarizes the current knowledge behind the "fight for every tenth of a degree". The event will be held in German language and will be simultaneously translated into Italian and French language. Tickets can be purchased in advance via the event page and on-site at the event.
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The Decarbonization of the Global Economy - 7th Stuttgart Symposium on Energy Storage 2018

DLR Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany, from Mar 22, 2018 09:30 AM to Mar 22, 2018 05:30 PM
Everyone is talking about mobility - the motor of the future should be clean, affordable, convenient and always available. The limitation of fossil fuels, climate change and air pollution demand alternative solutions from the automotive industry such as for example the electric drive. This year, the Stuttgart Symposium on Energy Storage highlights the charging infrastructure for electric and fuel cell vehicles, the availability of alternative fuels and the industrial and scientific aspects of the different motor concepts. In this context, PIK-chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer will give a talk about the decarbonization of the global economy and the related costs, risks and challenges. The Stuttgart Symposium on Energy Storage is a platform of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for the exchange of scientific and industrial aspects of energy storage for renewable energies. The event will be held in German language, the entrance is subject to charges. A prior registration is requested.
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“Extreme Weather – are we defenseless?” - IFAT Future Dialog

ICM – International Congress Center Munich, Messegelände, 81823 München, from Jan 23, 2018 02:00 PM to Jan 23, 2018 03:30 PM
In the run-up to the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management (IFAT), the IFAT Future Dialogue will take place in Munich on January 23rd. Experts from the areas of risk research, climate impact research, technology and landscape architecture will discuss the opportunities and risks of increasing weather extremes: Are environmental technologies even able to counteract weather extremes? What are the strategies for the future? As a panel expert, PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf will explain these questions from the perspective of climate impact research and put them into a bigger interdisciplinary picture together with the panel. Admission to the event is free, a prior registration is requested. The debate will be held in English language and can also be followed live via an audio stream on the event page.
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“Wissen – Wahrheit – Wunsch”: Parliamentary Evening of the Leibniz Association

Haus der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin, from Dec 06, 2017 06:00 PM to Dec 06, 2017 08:00 PM
Panel discussion about the role of science in the discourse about facts and opinions, with John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). “The phenomenon ‘filter bubble’ is nothing new. Humans have always received information selectively and adapted them to their respective knowledge horizons. So what is different now? Is it the distribution though social networks? Or the flood of information in the internet, growing and growing mostly without quality assurance and fact checks? Is it smart internet algorithms delivering nothing but those information to users that suit their profiles? Is it crafty strategies that systematically circulate wrong news? Did we simply lose the overview? Or is the loud discourse in the media about facts and opinions just a trend, that we will have overcome in a few months? Which is the role of science, and which one should it play? Is it still our designated authority concerning fact-based knowledge? How can it make its voice be heard better and as good as necessary? Which formats and locations are therefore appropriate? And politics – how can politics and science support each other? These and further questions will be discussed at this year’s parliamentary evening of the Leibniz Association.” The entrance is free, registration necessary (via mail by November 24, see below). Event in German language without translation.
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Final event of the joint project ReKliEs-De

Plenarsaal at Landeshaus, Wiesbaden, from Dec 06, 2017 01:00 PM to Dec 07, 2017 02:30 PM
The joint project ReKliEs-De was founded in 2014 by the German federal states to generate sufficient knowledge for policy consultation. The project delivered reliable statements about range and extremes of Germany's future climate as well as about the catchment areas of the big German rivers. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) contributed to the project. Among others, PIK-scientists Christoph Menz and Arne Spekat will speak at the final event. The participation is free of charge, registration before 17 November is necessary. The event will be held in German language without translation.
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