1. Announcement "German Future Earth Summit"

 Dear colleagues,

 Over the past month several organizational issues of Future Earth, the new international research program of international organizations (such as ICSU, UNEP, ISSC, UNESCO, UNU and WMO) have been implemented, the German Committee Future Earth (DKN Future Earth) has been established, and today we are delighted to take the next step together with you: The development of Future Earth themes on the national level.

Therefore we would kindly invite you to our first national Future Earth conference:

27./28. JANUARY 2014 IN BERLIN

To support the German research community in terms of paving the way for inter- and transdisciplinary research ideas in the context of global sustainability is one of the main work areas of DKN Future Earth. According to our conception, this and following national Future Earth conferences should become a meeting point for the German research community in order to exchange ideas and to develop thematic priorities in an interdisciplinary environment. Please make use of the pool of ideas of different subjects of natural sciences social sciences and humanities to further develop and specify research in Future Earth.

The first conference should allow you and other participants from the field of science, economy and research funding to exchange views and discuss expectations. Particularly, we aim to discuss and to develop thematic priorities that are in the context of the three Future Earth research themes: “Dynamic Planet”, “Global Development” and “Transformation”. For this you are cordially invited to submit a theme idea. All theme ideas will be discussed and further developed at the workshops, and published in a book of abstracts.

We are also looking forward to events such as the “World Café: Future Earth Markt der Ideen”, the workshop “Integrated Research: Lessons learned” and the first networking meeting of the “Early Career Scientist in Future Earth” that are part of the “German Future Earth Summit".

We are looking forward to working with you and welcoming you in Berlin!


With kindest regards,


Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck

on the behalf of the "Deutsches Komitees für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth" members

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