Public Events


“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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Meet and Read: Climate Change from different Perspectives

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9-11, 04107 Leipzig, from Nov 30, 2017 07:00 PM to Nov 30, 2017 10:00 PM
Reading and discussion. The author, blogger, literary critic and journalist Daniel Peña, awarded with the Pushcart Prize, is currently teaching at the University of Leipzig as Picador Guest Professor for Literature. His novel BANG, published by Arte Publico Press this autumn, describes the backgrounds and consequences of the Mexican drug war and the connection with the American immigration policy. Just before the release of this novel, the hurricane ‘Harvey’ hit his hometown Houston, Texas. For Peña, this was reason to write an article on Ploughshares Blog about the connection of climate change and social justice. Together with the climatologist Dr. Jacob Schewe from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the professor for American studies, Crister Garrett, Daniel Peña wants to discuss the climate change from different perspectives. The participation is free of charge, registration is requested. The event will be held in English language.
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Too big to be pumped away - opportunities to counter future sea-level rise

SENCKENBERG Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Lecture Hall of the Arthur-von-Weinberg-Haus, Robert-Mayer-Straße 2, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, from Nov 29, 2017 07:00 PM to Nov 29, 2017 09:00 PM
Within the lecture series "The future has already begun - scientific solutions, ideas and utopias for a planet worth living" of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, the renowned scientist Anders Levermann from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) speaks about opportunities to counter current and future sea-level rise. This is a problem probably too big to be solved even by unprecedented geo-engineering such as pumping water masses onto the Antarctic continent. Entrance is free, no registration necessary. Event in German language.
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From Neandertal to Silicon Valley - and back?

Stadthallen, Deggendorf, from Nov 18, 2017 10:30 AM to Nov 18, 2017 04:30 PM
On the occasion of this year's Dies Academicus of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, John Schellnhuber gives a keynote lecture under the title "From Neandertal to Silicon Valley - and back?". Schellnhuber is founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Professor for Theoretical Physics at the University of Potsdam and Research Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He was recently awarded with the Blue Planet Prize, which is the world's most prestigious award for pioneers in environmental science. Schellnhuber received the prize for establishing a new field of science, Earth System Analysis, and introducing most influential concepts including the notion of tipping elements in the climate system. Entrance is free, registration is necessary. Event in German language.
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Next Frontier Debate: At the Melting Point

Celebration Hall of the Humboldt University of Berlin, Luisenstr. 56, 10117 Berlin, from Nov 09, 2017 06:00 PM to Nov 09, 2017 08:00 PM
During the "Next Frontier Debate" at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, scientists and practitioners from various disciplines will debate on the question "How can the 2°C climate target be achieved in a just and sustainable way?". Representatives of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Integrative Research Institute IRI THESys in Berlin and the German Climate Consortium will discuss the complexity of this challenge, the current state of research and its applicability. PIK-scientist Hermann Lotze-Campen will join the panel discussion concerning the topics sustainable land use and climate change. Registration is appreciated by email until 8 November 2017, admission is free. The event will be held in German language with simultaneous translation into English.
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Einstein Lecture: The Enigma of the Ice-Age and other Climate Secrets

Henry-Ford-Building, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin, from Oct 26, 2017 06:00 PM to Oct 26, 2017 08:00 PM
The 17th Einstein Lecture at Freie Universität Berlin will be given by the internationally renowned climate scientist and director of the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Hans Joachim Schellnhuber on "The Enigma of the Ice-Age and other Climate Secrets". Increasingly, the modern theory of complex systems contributes to our understanding of the forces and interdependencies that cause the confusing dynamics of the global climate system on all timescales. In particular, research recently succeeded in largely solving the riddle of the quasi-periodic icing of the Northern Hemisphere during the past 2.5 million years. Due to massive greenhouse gas emissions since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the planet’s natural environment is now being shaped by anthropogenic forces that may activate so-called “tipping elements” in fundamental components of the climate system (as ice sheets, mega-ecosystems, atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns). The lecture will attempt to retrace the most important aspects of historical climate dynamics as well as to identify the most critical developments likely to be triggered by ill-considered human interventions. The Einstein Lectures Dahlem, hosted by Freie Universität Berlin since 2005 in partnership with several external institutions, are dedicated to the epochal work of Albert Einstein. Einstein was the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physics for almost two decades. Since 2017, this first-rate-interdisciplinary colloquium is hosted in cooperation with Max Planck Society, the legal successor of Kaiser Wilhelm Society. The lectures are held in Dahlem, a district in Berlin that is traditionally a center of scientific research. They address a broad academic public and cover various scientific disciplines influenced by Einstein’s thinking. The Lecture will be given in German without translation. Entrance free, registration requested by October 23.
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Impacts World 2017: Counting the true costs of climate change

Kongresshotel Potsdam, from Oct 11, 2017 10:00 AM to Oct 13, 2017 04:00 PM
Impacts World is the leading international conference covering the diversity and depth of climate-impacts research today. It showcases not only the very latest in our scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change, placing a particular focus on the most pertinent and pressing political questions of the day, but shines a spotlight on the challenges that lie ahead for this research community, and offers ample time for in-depth discussions and dedicated working groups. The Impacts World 2017 is organized by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It will address four key challenges for counting the true costs of climate change: economic costs, human migration, human health and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the Impacts World 2017, plenary sessions, workshops and an interactive poster session will be devoted to the exploration of these challenges. Registration is necessary.
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"Denkschule 2017": Impacts of climate change on the society

Auditorum maximum, Paderborn University, from Oct 10, 2017 05:00 PM to Oct 10, 2017 06:30 PM
At the symposium "Denkschule 2017" at Paderborn University, Anders Levermann from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) gives the keynote lecture about the impacts of climate change on the society. At October 10, the society "NRW-Fortschrittskolleg Leicht - Effizient - Mobil" invites all interested people: "Topic of this year's symposium will be the sustainable development of lightweight products. The Denkschule 2017 brings together partners from industry, society and university to discuss great challenges like climate and demographic changes, and resource scarcity, and to approach sustainable developments with the help of innovative lightweight solutions and the efficient use of resources." Anders Levermann is Professor for the Dynamics of the Climate System at the University of Potsdam and co-chair of the research domain "Sustainable Solutions" at PIK. Event in German language. The entrance is free, no registration necessary.
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Norms for Dealing with Nature: The Case of Climate Change

Humboldt University of Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Room 2091, from Sep 25, 2017 05:00 PM to Sep 25, 2017 06:30 PM
Within the 24th Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (German Society for Philosophy) at the Humboldt University of Berlin, several forums will take place, designed as bridges from science to society, providing space for discussions about sociopolitical topics. The session "Norms for Dealing with Nature: The Case of Climate Change" combines philosophy, science and public policy perspectives on the challenges of climate change: How to resolve conflicts of justice within and between generations? How to understand and respond to causes and effects that are uncertain and chronologically and geographically dispersed? How to cope with deficient political institutions and still implement just and effective policy solutions? PIK-director John Schellnhuber is discussing with Gabriel Wollner (HU Berlin) and Simon Caney (Warwick University). Entrance is free.
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K3 - Congress on Climate Change, Communication and Society.

Salzburg, Austria, from Sep 24, 2017 07:00 PM to Sep 26, 2017 04:00 PM
"One who wants climate protection has to speak about the climate topic - and hence is communicating climate, regardless of whether one is municipal climate protection officer, CSR manager, climate scientist or staff member of an NGO. Hitherto, the actors of climate communication in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are only seldom interlinked, beyond their own expert communities. K3 wants to promote knowledge sharing and experience exchange in this interdisciplinary community. Our aim is to provide insights on the state of the art of international science on climate communication. And we want to make new research findings useable for practicioners." Contributing to the program are: PIK-scientist Fritz Reusswig as a speaker in the workshop "What do people think about climate protection? It's the milieu", and PIK-scientist Thomas Nocke as a speaker in the workshop "What can we learn from the IPCC?" Event will be held in German language, registration is necessary.
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RAMSES Cities and Climate Conference 2017

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), from Sep 19, 2017 11:00 AM to Sep 21, 2017 08:30 PM
Cities are one major focal point of human culture, the global population further consolidates into cities and in parallel they are major emitters and therefore a relevant component of the global climate problem. While cities are characterised by an overwhelming complexity they are also threatened by climate impacts. Thus, it is a challenge to develop cities into entities, which consume fewer resources, emit less CO2 and pollution, be more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and be more sustainable in general. The RAMSES Cities and Climate Conference 2017 will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, health prevention and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives. It will be held at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and, among others, PIK-director John Schellnhuber and PIK-scientists Jürgen Kropp and Diego Rybski contribute in the Program Committee. The Cities and Climate Conference 2017 the final summit of the EU's RAMSES project, that aims to deliver much needed quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities. Registration is necessary.
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Which Future?! Weather: A new normality

Deutsches Theater Berlin, from Sep 16, 2017 02:00 PM to Sep 17, 2017 12:15 AM
"Which Future?!" is a interdisciplinary, participative research and theatre project dedicated to the question: "What can we do to prevent that a next economic and financial crises finally pulls the rug out from under our feet?" The Laboratory at 16th September 2017 in the Deutsches Theater Berlin is the prelude of the two-year series of events: "On the basis of studies, research projects, projections and scenarios, experts and the audience develop a future scenario for the next decade. A whole day long, in workshops and panels, in the whole building of the Deutsches Theater. 250 people get together to face the future crisis." PIK-scientists Jascha Lehmann, Marlene Kretschmer, Kai Kornhuber and Sonja Molnos are leading the workshop "Weather: a new normality", that is asking: Which role plays every single one in a chaotic system? Workshop in German language, panel discussions in German and English. Attendance is free, registration is necessary.
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Science2Power: Which research do we need for the energy transition?

Haus der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Berlin, from Sep 08, 2017 11:30 AM to Sep 08, 2017 06:30 PM
"The Energiewende (energy transition) has reached a difficult point, that has to be overcome for its success. The challenges are big, the keywords are: new market design, withdrawal from coal-fired generation, from the energy to the transport and heating transition, sector coupling, ensuring wide acceptance, endangerment of the diversity of actors, prosuming and comprehensive participation of as many groups of society as possible. To deal with all this, the Leibniz Society and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences invite to a joint event following Leibniz' slogan 'theoria cum praxi'." On board is PIK-scientist Fritz Reusswig. He will lead a workshop on energy conflicts. Event in German language. Admission is free, registration necessary.
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Science in the Theater: Can We Still Get a Grip on the Climate Crisis?

Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme, Nöthnitzer Straße 38, 01187 Dresden, from Jul 18, 2017 07:00 PM to Jul 18, 2017 11:59 PM
The Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, the Dresden University of Technology and the City of Dresden invite the general public to the event series "Science in the Theater" in order to offer comprehensible lectures by renowned scientists to scientifically interested people in Dresden and the surroundings. On July 18, PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf will participate in this series with his lecture "Do we still manage the climate crisis?" and hence present new data from recent climate impact research to the audience. Admission is free.
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Panel Discussion "Paris and what now? How can the climate targets be effectively and efficiently achieved?"

IASS Potsdam, Ballsaal in der Kleist-Villa, Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam, from Jul 10, 2017 06:30 PM to Jul 10, 2017 08:00 PM
The Paris Agreement on climate change has been resolved - but it remains to be seen how the objectives can be implemented politically. In light of the announced US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the issue becomes even more urgent. The aim of the panel and the subsequent discussion with the audience is to argue specific and politically feasible solution strategies for the implementation of the Paris resolutions. PIK-chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer will help shape the talk as an expert and accompany the ensuing debate. Registration is required until Friday the 30th of June, the event will be held in German language.
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WBGU-Conference: The Transformative Power of Cities

silent green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin, Germany, from Jun 29, 2017 01:00 PM to Jun 29, 2017 07:00 PM
It will be decided in cities whether the worldwide transformation towards sustainability succeeds or not. Starting from a global perspective on urbanization the conference organized by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) will discuss specific issues of urban transformation from a multi-sector and transdisciplinary approach. A specific focus will be given to the topics of real estate markets in urban development and the rise of the digitalization of cities. PIK-Director John Schellnhuber will also join the panel and report on cities as complex, self-organizing systems. Admission is free, due to a limited number of participants an early registration is recommended.
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66th ZEIT Science Panel: "Defend the Enlightenment! Science in the postfactic age "

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin (Mitte), from Jun 28, 2017 07:00 PM to Jun 28, 2017 11:59 PM
The 66th ZEIT Science Panel is discussing the current crisis of confidence against researchers around the world. Inconvenient discoveries are denied and countered with "alternative facts", the research community is called an establishment and in many places budgets for research facilities are shortened. How is this crisis of confidence possible? What is the image of science in public? What are the conclusions scientists have to draw? Renowned experts will be debating these questions, among them PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf. Admission is free, registration is requested. The Event will be held in German language.
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Long Night of the Sciences: climate research up close

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, Telegrafenberg A 31, 14473 Potsdam, from Jun 24, 2017 05:30 PM to Jun 24, 2017 11:30 PM
70 scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam invite the public to the Long Night of the Sciences on June 24. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research opens its doors as well and organizes for its visitors exciting experiments and talks about the climate. Stefan Rahmstorf, Jonathan Donges, Jessica Strefler and many more will give extraordinary insights into their research and lead the audience through a multifarious and joyful evening.
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