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SPECIAL: Social and Natural science together: New Co-Directors to lead the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Social and Natural science together: New Co-Directors to lead the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is reinventing itself – appointing a twin leadership bringing together natural sciences and social sciences stronger than ever. In late September, the German climate economist Ottmar Edenhofer and the Swedish Earth system scientist Johan Rockström will become directors of the internationally renowned institute which is a member of the Leibniz Association. This was decided on Friday by the institute's Board of Trustees, headed by the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The retirement of the founding director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber this autumn after a quarter of a century as the head of the institute marks the beginning of a new era in Potsdam. Read more...

Getting connected: PhD-Day at the Potsdam-Institute

Getting connected: PhD-Day at the Potsdam-Institute

06/03/2015 - From social networks for scientists and copyright issues and to visualization tools in climate research or dealing with climate skepticism – topics like these were discussed recently by young scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research at their annual meeting. The PhD-Day offers the opportunity for doctoral candidates to get together, share experiences and for further education in different science related fields. The theme of this year’s meeting was “getting connected”.

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International praise for young PIK scientists

International praise for young PIK scientists

05/29/2015 - They work on carbon taxes, the German Energiewende and “flying rivers” in the Amazonian basin – the research of several young scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has recently been awarded for its excellence.

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What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C?

What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C?

05/21/2015 - A new study analyzes the required climate policy actions and targets in order to limit future global temperature rise to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100. This level is supported by more than 100 countries worldwide, including those most vulnerable to climate change, as a safer goal than the currently agreed international aim of 2 degrees Celsius – an aim which would already imply substantial greenhouse-gas reductions. Hence the interest for scrutinizing the very low end of greenhouse-gas stabilization scenarios.

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Towards a new industrial revolution: studying societies’ metabolism

Towards a new industrial revolution: studying societies’ metabolism

05/19/2015 - To achieve a lasting transition towards sustainability, large-scale conversion of our built environment – cities, transport systems, power generation – is key. This is an outcome of a special feature investigating advances in the research on industrial ecology, published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and coordinated by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Studies cover topics from the urbanization effects to the material basis of modern societies, fundamental research that informs decision-makers.

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Urban interventions: new artists in residence

Urban interventions: new artists in residence

05/07/2015 - Two Romanian architects are this May’s artists in residence at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Alex Axinte and Cristi Borcan, known as studioBASAR, will be exchanging views with researchers who explore climate change impacts on cities – a topic which various projects at the institute focus on. Starting this year, the City of Potsdam joins the team of partners organizing the programme, alongside the Artists’ Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD and PIK.

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New junior professor for climate adaptation

New junior professor for climate adaptation

05/05/2015 – To strengthen its research on climate adaptation, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has chosen Nicole Glanemann to become a junior professor in this crucial field. The joint appointment by the Otto Beisheim School of Management WHU and PIK focuses on the impacts of climate change on global infrastructures and supply chains. The new professorship is also intended to advance the economic theory of adaptation and mitigation.

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Tackling climate change adaptation: European conference in Copenhagen

Tackling climate change adaptation: European conference in Copenhagen

04/30/2015 - Decision-makers from politics, business and science will meet from May 12-14 in Copenhagen to discuss climate change adaptation. Organized on behalf of the European Commission by three major climate adaptation projects, the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference ECCA 2015 will bring together scientific and practical knowledge to explore strategies for European cities to cope with climate impacts. The Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research, being the leader of one of the featured EU projects, is a co-organizer.

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