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„Fantasy unlimited“: European Climate-KIC strategy retreat

05/09/2012 - From Imperial College London to Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, from Electricité de France to Bayer Technology Services, more than 50 representatives of both science and business gathered for a two-day strategy meeting hosted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) last week. They are all affiliated or core partners of the European Union’s Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) that focuses on fostering entrepreneurship for sustainable prosperity. The meeting launched the next phase for further developing the network’s innovation platforms.
„Fantasy unlimited“: European Climate-KIC strategy retreat

Discussing innovations for sustainability.

“The most important resource of all is fantasy. Because fantasy is unlimited,” Hans Joachim Schellnhuber said to the participants. He is the director of PIK - a core partner and founding member of Climate-KIC - as well as chairman of its governing board. He was referring to a saying by Albert Einstein who once worked on the grounds of today’s PIK, the historical science park on Potsdam’s Telegraph Hill, where the Climate-KIC partners met.

Amongst the issues that were discussed, sustainable cities emerged as an area of particular emphasis for future innovation projects – from transportation systems to urban infrastructure networks. But the network’s activities won’t stop there: in addition, low-carbon production systems, climate information services and integrated agricultural and water management are all on the agenda. Currently, Climate-KIC and their partners are mobilizing roughly 100 million Euros of investments for innovation per year. This amount is planned to be scaled up considerably within the next few years.

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