German Future Earth Summit 2016

About the Summit, News and Key dates

Summit 2016

The aim of the German Future Earth Summit is to provide a national platform for scientists and stakeholders who are engaged or interested in Future Earth and WCRP related sustainability research. The summit provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and and interests, and it serves to promote the development of integrative research activities.

With around 280 participants the 2. German Future Earth Summit was a great success. scientists from various disciplines and institutions as well as political and societal actors came together, to exchange views about pressing issues in global sustainability research. In keynote talks, panel discussions and numerous community-initiated and -organized events, the participants discussed about thematic priorities of the German community.

Whereas the 1. German Future Earth Summit addressed Future Earth’s three broad themes Dynamic Planet, Global Development and Transformation towards Sustainability, the second summit focused on the cross-cutting capabilities which are crucial to cultivate for establishing integrative research. Therefore, the discussions thematically revolved around research methods and concepts, measures of human well-being and sustainable development, monitoring systems and environmental monitoring, possibilities of data provisioning as well as the improvement of science-society interactions. Needs that arise in the course of global sustainability research were reviewed and opportunities for further development, including in the context of the national funding landscape, identified.

The conference’s outcomes are published in the 2nd German Future Earth Summit Conference Report. The report was co-created by the initiators and organisers of the sessions and events, and issued by the German Committee Future Earth.


Speakers and contributors of the main programme:

  • Theresia Bauer, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Berg, Club of Rome
  • Prof. Birgit Blättel-Mink, Universität Frankfurt
  • Prof. Dr. Guy Brasseur, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie
  • Prof. Nicolas Brüggemann, FZ Jülich
  • Dr. Ruth Delzeit, IfW
  • Dr. Sonja Deppisch, HafenCity Universität Hamburg
  • Dr. Volkmar Dietz, BMBF
  • Prof. Dr. Anita Engels, Universität Hamburg
  • Prof. Andreas Ernst, Universität Kassel
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, KIT-ITAS
  • Dr. Jens Jetzkowitz, Universität Halle
  • Dr. Christiane Joerk, Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG)
  • Hermann Jungkunst, Universität Koblenz-Landau
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht, PIK
  • Dr. Joerg Mayer-Ries, Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit
  • Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Universität Osnabrück
  • Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel, ifo
  • Prof. Markus Reichstein, MPI für Biogeochemie
  • Dr. Wolfgang Rohe, Stiftung Mercator
  • Dr. Annette Schmidtmann, DFG
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Schmullius, Universität Jena
  • Prof. Paul Shrivastava, Executive Director Future Earth
  • Dr. Paul Vossen, European Commission
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR
  • Prof. Benno Werlen, Universität Jena
  • Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters, Universität Giessen
  • Dr. Ingrid Wünning Tschol, Robert Bosch Stiftung


Cover 2. Conference Summary Report 2016










updated, 9.6.2016


28-29 Jan 2016



Conference Summary Report (June 2016)

Final programme booklet (2016)


Stay informed

Subscribe for newsletter here.








  • German Future Earth Summit 2016

    About the Summit, News and Key dates

    The aim of the German Future Earth Summit is to provide a national platform for scientists and stakeholders who are engaged or…

  • German Future Earth Summit 2016

    Invitation to attend

    1. Announcement „2nd German Future Earth Summit 2016”   Dear colleagues,

  • German Future Earth Summit 2016

    Conference Program

    FINAL conference program book (2016)      …

  • German Future Earth Summit 2016

    Conference Topics / Session Topics

    The proposed research themes for Future Earth (Dynamic Planet, Global Sustainable Development, Transformations towards Sustainability) critically de…

  • German Future Earth Summit 2016

    Special Events Schedule

    At the German Future Earth Summit we will have several Special Events. Here we will give an overview of all this exciting events: …

  • German Future Earth Summit 2016



  • German Future Earth Summit 2016

    Download Poster presentations

    Poster „Observing, monitoring and data systems“ Exploring long-term research in the light of sustainability and tr…