Science-Meets-Art Event: “How can a Minority tip the Majority? Inducing Transformations on the Ground”
This year's Earth League Symposium "Transformation now!" is hosted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). PIK-director John Schellnhuber and Johan Rockström, chair of the scientific alliance Earth League and director of the Stockholm Resilience Center, invite international scientists to work together on the solution of humanity's big challenges. In the course of the Symposium, there will take place a public Science-meets-Art Event in the Potsdam Museum, that is going to reflect the scientific perspective on the transformation to sustainability with discussion and performance. Programme: Transformation perspectives for South America and the Amazon region (Carlos Nobre), World regional diversity and transformation (Tanya Abrahamse) und Live performance and raising public awareness through engaged sound art (Werner Cee). Registration is requested.
In January, the 82th International Green Week is going to take place in Berlin. Thematic, renewable resources, organic agriculture, gardening and the future of rural development continue to gain importance. Thereby, climate change threatens agricultural productivity, forcing up food prices. A new PIK-study shows, how trade could help minimizing these risks. PIK-scientist Hermann Lotze-Campen is going to present the study results at the press conference of the Grain Club agricultural association.
How can the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement be achieved without endangering our prosperity? Are economic growth and climate protection compatible at all and if so, how can economy and climate protection be reconciled? PIK Chief-Economist Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer will discuss these central issues of future economic and energy policies at the DZ Bank Panel Discussion together representatives from politics and the visitors. Due to a limited number of vacancies, registration is requested. The event is free and will be held in German language.
The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation) has been funding innovative and pilot projects for the protection of the environment for 25 years. On this occasion, the foundation invites to its anniversary congress "Innovations - With Courage into a Sustainable Future" on December 8th. The central issue of the event is how innovations can make a targeted contribution to the great transformation and how the development towards a sustainable society can be shaped. In this context, Prof. Dr. Schellnhuber, Director of the PIK, will speak about "The Quadrature of the Climate Circle".
On Wednesday, 30 Nevember, the internationally renowned geologist and science historian Naomi Oreskes will lecture on the subject of when and why should we trust science? It is the first of her two Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University in which she will discuss the reliability and importance of science together with experts from different fields of investigation, such as PIK's Chief Economist and Deputy Director Ottmar Edenhofer.
On 17 November, the Leibniz Research Association INFECTIONS'21 will present the third part of its lecture series "On Land, in Water and through the Air: How Causal Agents of Infections Propagate Themselves". Thomas Kartschall and Frank Brenner of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research will report on the topic "Climate-Related Changes for the Spread of Infectious Diseases in Germany".
Digitalization offers the great opportunity to significantly facilitate access to the cultural heritage and thus makes an important contribution to the knowledge society of the future. The conference series "Design Access! - More Responsibility for the Cultural Heritage" is a contribution to the discourse on the opportunities, the obstacles, the challenges and changes of libraries, archives and museums which are linked to the digitalization and their relationship with other institutions, initiatives and economic enterprises. As a speaker of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Prof. Dr. Fritz A. Reusswig will talk about "Innovation and Sustainability". Admission and registration are free, the event will be held in German language.
This year's Munich Science Days will focus on the topic "Water - Our Life's Resource" and give insight into this current and multi-faceted issue from very different points of view. More than 300 experts will show the visitors how important, but also how endangered the scarce resource of water is and bring them closer to this basic life element through information stands, lectures and workshops. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, head of the PIK, will welcome the visitors at the opening night with his lecture "Fire, Water, Air and Earth: How Mankind Disrupts the Global Dance of the Elements".
The Federal Foundation for Building Culture invites to the Convention of Building Culture 2016 in Potsdam. The convention 2016 offers the opportunity to exchange ideas with designers and representatives of the building culture from all over Germany. It has the task to guide through the public discourse on matters like how and where affordable high-quality living space can be created, how construction can be made climate-friendly and what role the public space for integration and participation plays nowadays. Prof. Dr. Fritz A. Reusswig from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and further experts will discuss the topic "Building Culture and Climate Change" which represents one of five public debates beside other activities throughout this event. The convention will be held in German language.
For the fourth summer, Potsdam's most beautiful places transform into cultural meeting points, and parks and gardens become stages for a manifold program. This July, also the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) serves as an event location within the state capital's literary festival. As it's run-up, PIK-director John Schellnhuber reads from "Self-combustion", his new major book on the climate crisis, and subsequently discusses with the writer Karen Duve ("Power", 2016) about perspectives for the future of humankind. Event in German language, tickets available online.
How to translate scientific knowledge about climate change impacts into adaptation strategies? The Competence Center for Climate Impacts and Adaptation (KomPass) at the German Federal Environment Agency deals with this question and celebrates its 10th anniversary now. The symposium on this occasion shall provide the possibility to exchange and network. PIK-scientist Fritz Reusswig here speaks about social perspectives of climate change adaptation and discusses with other exerts about transformative adaptation as a challenge for research and practice. Event in German language, registration is necessary.
Discussion. Within the yearly network event "Forum Science and Society" of the Potsdam Research Network, PIK-scientist Hermann Lotze-Campen and other experts discuss about the questions: How can we eat healthy while consuming sustainably? Which food production models are future-proof on regional and global scales? Can scientific and political impulses influence our eating habits? With following public discussion and subsequent standing reception, event in German.
On a mild June evening, dozens of scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam are yearly opening their doors for the public. With interactive events, they fascinate the people for their work and current research results. The Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is going to take part again. How does climate science work? How do the scientists succeed to glance into the future? visit us at the Telgraph Hill in Potsdam and learn, what global warming means for the world and for the region. For young and old, tickets available on-site. Event in German language.
"In the years to come, migration dynamics will change as a consequence of climate change. Natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and the rising sea level already threaten food security in some regions of the world and are a major influence in spreading vector-borne diseases." The Conference on Climate Change, Health & Migration organised by the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health by the Charité Berlin and the Université de Sorbonne Paris aims to unite scientists and experts to better understand the health issues of climate migration, through a transdisciplinary approach. On this occasion, PIK-scientist Jacob Schewe speaks about climate change impacts in the 21st century to emphasize the significance of the topic. Registration is necessary.
The Night of Ideas - a night of encounter and exchange between scientists, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs from Germany and France: "In these moved times, in which our refernce points become blurred, new utopias are awakening, as well as new fears, questions of identity emerge and the question about our future is flashing more than ever before, more intellectuals, writers, scientists ans artists deal in different ways with the topic future." PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf speaks on this occasion considering a PIK-study from last year about the question: Is the Gukf Stream Weakening? Event in German language.
Lecture with discussion. In the course of this year's Mercator Climate Lecture, Jeffrey Sachs, economist, senior UN advisor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will give the keynote under the heading "The World in 2050 - Towards Sustainable Development and Deep Decarbonization". The lecture will be followed by a discussion with PIK's chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer. The entrance is free, registration is necessary.
This year's annual Geography Day by the Institute for Geography of the Humboldt-University of Berlin runs under the topic Climate Change and Migration. Fitting perfectly to the topic, PIK-director John Schellnhuber will read from Self-combustion, his major book on the climate crisis, among other speeches. Event in German, no registration necessary.
On the occasion of the biennal exhibition of architecture in Venice, the Association of German Architects organizes a matinée under the motto "Humanity on the move". This is also the title of the current flagship report of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) about the transformative power of cities. PIK-director John Schellnhuber ist co-chairman of the council and discusses with other experts about the topic within the symposium. Before, the German environment minister Barbara Hendricks speaks about integration as a challenge for cities and architecture. Event in German language, registration necessary.
Lecture. After the successful Climate Summit in Paris end of the last year, the question is emerging which consequences the negotiated contract will have for Germany and its Energiewende. With his opening lecture "Climate, Change and Moral" at the 13. Baden-Badener Energiegespräche, PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber gives an introduction into the topic. Event in German, registration is necessary.
Reboot of the acclaimed online-course: 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, course in German.