In the run-up of the international climate negotiations in Paris, leading German climate scientists explain climate change and its impacts in a free interdisciplinary Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for everyone. In five chapters with short video lectures, animations and pictures they depict the basics of climate science, climate impacts and the ensuing challenges for society. Hermann Lotze-Campen, Susanne Grossmann-Clarke and Manfred Stock from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research contribute input on the impacts of climate change in Germany and worldwide, the risks of sudden and irreversible changes and more. Free registration requested.
The public Austrian Climate Protection Initiative 'Klimaaktiv' invites to this year's Conference in September with its focus on the shaping of the energy and mobility transition in Austria. In the opening lecture, PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf will introduce into the state of affairs in science on Global Warming. Beneath lectures and discussions, there will be workshops and excursions, registration necessary.
Lecture. In June 2015, the small town Meßkirch in Baden-Wuerttemberg was conquered by floods. Some time later, there was a tornado event in the near Bonndorf, and elsewhere in the Bodensee area, large parts of the fruit crops were burned by the sun. In occasion of these events, PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf speaks on the state of affairs in the science on climate change and climate protection, at this year's regional climate summit.
Discussion. The artistic exhibition XXI. Rohkunstbau thematizes the engagement with apocalypse, transition and recommencement. The affiliated discussion round on energy policy captures this topic in terms of the Energiewende and thus puts it into a current context. PIK-scientist Fritz Reusswig and other experts and artists discuss chances and perspectives. With following exhibition tour, registration requested.
Crowd Party for the Climate: the BUND Berlin and the initiative CLUBMOB invite to a night for the climate. PIK-scientist Fritz Reusswig discusses with political representatives: How to arrange Club Culture with Climate Protection? Following, workshops will develop approaches for a sustainable way to fete. Finally, the party starts into the night and all revenues will be spend for energy-saving measures of the club.
Lecture. A new PIK-study states: the Gulf Stream is slowing down. This enormous oceanic circulation system usually carries huge warm water masses to the North Atlantic and hereby determines the mild climate in Western Europe. PIK-scientist Georg Feulner about Climate Change as a suspect and possible consequences for our weather.
Discussion. On June 18th, Pope Francis' Environment Encyclical is going to be released in Rome. On the same evening, the Catholic Academy presents the Encyclical in Berlin, and arranges a following discussion round about the ecological questions of our century. PIK's chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer speaks about the topic and discusses with the audience. Registration necessary.
On the one hand, global agriculture is a main producer of greenhouse gas emissions, on the other hand, global food security is one of the most vulnerable aspects concerning climate change. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies together organize this year's IAMO Forum to provide a platform to present and discuss research and solution approaches concerning this topic. Among others, PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and PIK-scientist Hermann Lotze-Campen will participate in the event.
On a yearly mild June evening, dozens of scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam open their doors for the public. With interactive events, they fascinate the people for their work and current research results. Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research is going to take part again. Program information is coming soon.
This year's ECCA will approach Integrating climate adaptation action in science, policy, practice and business. Therefore, the scientific projects BASE (Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe), RAMSES (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for cities) and ToPDad (Tool-supported policy development for regional adaptation) are going to be involved. The session 'Cities and climate change impacts' is organized by PIK-scientist Diego Rybski.
Lecture. At the Potsdam Day of Sciences 2015, PIK-scientist Ricarda Winkelmann speaks about the correlations between Climate Change and the current changes of the Antarctic ice-sheet. Which are the consequences of an ongoing global warming? Can the shrinkage of the ice-sheet still be stopped?
Series of Lectures. The German Energiewende is regarded as a global exemplar. Which challenges ensue within this project? May a city like Berlin give innovative impulses? Based on the state of affairs in Climate Impact Research, the PIK-scientists Fritz Reusswig, Stefan Rahmstorf, Thomas Nocke, Michael Pahle and Susanne Großmann-Clarke debate these questions. Which positions of points are necessary for this year's Climate Conference in Paris? Registration necessary.
Panel Discussion. In March 2014, a PIK study showed: Berlin could be climate-neutral in 2050 - despite economic growth and population increase. PIK-scientist Fritz Reusswig and other experts discuss, which steps are necessary to reach this aim and how the city can adapt to Climate Change. Registration necessary.
With different workshops, info desks and discussions, the 1st Berlin Climate Day wants to draw public interest and arousal on Climate Protection. PIK-scientists Jacob Schewe and Fritz Reusswig speak on Climate Change and the project of a Climate Neutral Berlin in 2050 and discuss with other experts about the topic.
In context of Girls' Day 2015, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research opens its doors for the next generation. Pupils from the age of twelve will have the chance to be fascinated for natural sciences by leading female scientists of our institute. There will be the possibility to explore Telegraphenberg, try research tools for the study of weather and climate, and ask the scientists questions about their work and profession. A registration on the website of the organizer is required, see below.
For the 4th time, the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research organizes the international Nobel Cause Symposium on Global Sustainability. Nobel laureates and junior scientists from all over the world discuss about the problems of our planet and together develop solution approaches. This year's Symposium takes place in Hong Kong and deals with the topic "4C: Changing Climate, Changing Cities".
Discussion. Climate Justice is going to be one of the main topics of our century concerning Environment and Economy. The Mary Robinson Foundation and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research present a discussion round about this topic. Among other internationally renowned experts, PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber will participate in the event.
Symposium "for a cooperation of Science, Politics and Society". On the occasion of climate researcher Hartmut Graßl's 75th birthday, renowned scientists come together in Hamburg to term the challenges of Climate Change and to develop solution approaches. PIK's Chief Economist Ottmar Edenhofer therefore pursues the question of which research is necessary for Climate Protection.
Lecture with following discussion round. Climate protection and adaptation to climate change are some of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Especially urban areas will be hot spots concerning these matters. Within IHK-Environment Panel 2015 "Climate Change: Challenge for an advanced urban planning and building design", PIK's Chief Economist Ottmar Edenhofer speaks about climate impacts on economy and solution approaches for a 2°-economy.
Like in the last years, the Physics of Socio-Economic Systems Division of German Physical Society organizes a Spring Meeting concerning the mathematical and computer simulation of social and economic systems. Among others, there will be a Symposium about Physics of Sustainability and human-nature-interactions, arranged by PIK-scientists Reik Donner and Diego Rybski.