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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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Karl-Scheel-Award Ceremony 2017

Magnus-Haus, Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin, from Jun 23, 2017 05:00 PM to Jun 23, 2017 11:59 PM
The Karl-Scheel-Award represents the most important prize of the Physical Society to Berlin (PGzB) and is awarded for an outstanding scientific achievement which was carried out in the years immediately following the doctorate and which was realized mainly at a research facility in Berlin or Brandenburg. PIK-scientist and laureate Ricarda Winkelmann will present her lecture "Antarctic Unplugged: Ice Dynamics, Critical Thresholds and Sea Level Rise" at this year's award ceremony on June 23rd. Admission to the event is free.
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Discussions on "Climate Protection as a Motor for National Economy"

SPD Landesvertretung Hamburg, Jägerstraße, 10117 Berlin, from Jun 22, 2017 08:00 PM to Jun 22, 2017 10:00 PM
On 06/22/2017, the parliamentary group SPD invites the public to the discussion event "Climate Protection as a Motor for National Economy: Promote a Sustainable Economic Growth and Limit the Costs of Climate Change". In the run-up to the G20 summit in Hamburg, synergies between climate protection measures and economic growth as well as the corresponding long-term setting of the course of the parliamentary group SPD will be presented and discussed. PIK-scientist Anders Levermann and PIK-chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer will accompany the event with lectures from their research areas. Admission is free, registration is required.
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Panel Discussion "The Global Climate Change - Caused by Humans - Explain, Comprehend, Act!"

Haus des Gastes, Lindenstraße 6, 04895 Falkenberg/Elster, from Jun 22, 2017 06:00 PM to Jun 22, 2017 11:59 PM
The Falkenberg environmental conservation association "Elsteraue" and the town administration of Falkenberg/Elster invite the public to the discussion event "Global Climate Change - Caused by Humans - Explain, Comprehend, Act!". The aim of the event is to raise public awareness of the challenges of climate change in order to develop preventive measures for climate stabilization and adaptation. As guest speaker, Prof. Dr. Manfred Stock (PIK) will report on the topic "How do we deal with climate change?". Admission is free.
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Scientific Symposium: 25 years of Agricultural Landscape Research

Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, from Jun 22, 2017 10:30 AM to Jun 22, 2017 11:00 AM
This year, the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) celebrates it's 25th anniversary. On this occasion, a scientific symposium with the title "Agricultural Landscape Research in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals" will be hold. The SDGs are a political framework by the United Nations supposed to guide to a sustainable development on economic, social and ecologic levels. Wolfgang Lucht is co-chair of the PIK research domain "Earth System Analysis", Professor for Sustainability Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment. At the symposium, he will speak about Agricultural Landscape Research in the context of climate change. Event is in German language, registration necessary.
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Self-combustion: the fatal triangular relationship between climate, humanity and carbon

Castle of Sacrow, Potsdam, from Jun 18, 2017 06:00 PM to Jun 18, 2017 08:00 PM
Lecture with following discussion. For more than three decades, John Schellnhuber explores humanity's problem of climate change. Account of the state of research, life story, eco-manifest: all this is his new major book on the climate crisis. In the Castle of Sacrow, the PIK-director presents his work and gives an insight into the state of research on climate change. Event in German language, moderated by PIK-scientist Manfred Stock. Tickets available online.
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German Evangelical Church Assembly: Panel series and exhibition on Climate Change Impacts

Nikolai Church, Am Alten Markt 1, Potsdam, from May 25, 2017 07:00 PM to May 27, 2017 10:00 PM
Religion and climate change are having touch points - this has already been proven by the Pope's environment encyclical "Laudato Si", that has been presented to the world public by PIK-director John Schellnhuber in 2015. Now, also the Protestant Community provides a platform for the topic: "The reformatory advent 500 years ago was an outbreak from old habits. Reformation is change. How do we set forth today, bold, creative and powerful, to face challenges as the climate crisis, economic crisis, financial crisis, peace crisis?", asks the German Evangelical Church Assembly on the occasion of the 500th jubilee of the Reformation. The panel series "Impacts of Climate Change" is dedicated to the encounter with the climate crisis. PIK's chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer, as well as Hermann Lotze-Campen, research domain co-chair at PIK, along with PIK-scientists Elmar Kriegler and Carl-Friedrich Schleussner will act on the stage. Additionally, the exhibition "Educational Climate Journey" is co-designed by PIK.
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The Ice-Age Puzzle and other Climate Secrets

Technical University of Berlin, Main Buolding, Lecture Hall H 104, from May 18, 2017 06:15 PM to May 18, 2017 07:45 PM
Lecture with following reception. The Max-von-Laue-colloquium of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin continues a traditional series of colloquia, in which current scientific results are discussed since 1843. In the summer semester 2017, John Schellnhuber speaks at the Technical University of Berlin. The PIK-director is going to reconstruct the most important aspects of historic climate dynamics, and will identify the most critical trends likely to be triggered by thoughtless human interventions. Event in German language, presented by PIK-scientist Jürgen Kurths. Entrance is free.
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Diving Deep: Exhibition in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Berlin, from May 18, 2017 10:00 AM to May 18, 2017 12:00 PM
The new exhibition in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides exciting insights into the exploration of the deep-sea: from oases of life and resources from the ocean floor to the latest research equipment. Also changes in the dynamics of the oceans through human interventions, like climate change or plastic waste, are a major subject. At the exhibition launch, PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf discusses with the ocean experts Jochem Marotzke and Monika Rhein about possible impacts of human behaviour, like a weakening of the gulf-stream. Event in German language, the entrance is free.
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