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Johan Rockström speaks at re:publica conference in Berlin

07/05/2019 – Participants from all strands of life gather this week in Berlin at the re:publica conference, the festival for and by the digital society. From workshops, to lectures, screenings and meetups – more than 1,000 experts will be sharing input on “digital” topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, copyright law or platform economies. A special focus of this year’s re:publica is on climate and sustainability. PIK-director Johan Rockström will deliver a keynote on planetary boundaries on the festival’s closing day.

Over its thirteen year existence, the re:publica has grown in participant numbers and renown alike. This year’s edition was inaugurated by Germany’s highest representative, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who called for a fair and democratic online debating culture in his speech. In the special focus on climate and sustainability, Svenja Schulze, the German Minister for the Environment, is a key speaker. And so is PIK-director Johan Rockström: “A safe future for humanity on Earth can only be achieved on a healthy planet. Climate stability depends on a transition from incremental to transformative change. The science is clear: The world needs to follow exponential pathways in all sectors of society. This requires deep innovation, social transformation and a fundamental policy shift,” Rockström summarises. Also from PIK, postdoctoral researcher Jessica Strefler is a re:publica speaker on climate change and its impacts on the economy.


Keynote “A Safe Future for Humanity on Earth” by Johan Rockström on Wednesday, May 8 at 16:15 pm. A livestream is available here:

Following Johan Rockström, Astronaut Alexander Gerst will give the closing talk on the same stage. This keynote is also available as a livestream here:

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