German Future Earth Summit 2016

Conference Program

Summit 2016







09:00-10:00   Registration
10:00-10:45   Opening Session
    Opening Remarks
    Christiane Joerk (DFG)
    Implementing Future Earth
Paul Shrivastava (Executive Director Future Earth)
    Future Earth Germany
Martin Visbeck (Chairman German Committee Future Earth)
10:45-11:15   Pause
  Panel discussion on sustainability research in Germany
11:15-11:30   Kick-off talk: Die Forschungsangenda von Future Earth aus Sicht der Early Career Scientists
    Sonja Deppisch, HafenCity Universität Hamburg
Ruth Delzeit, IfW
11:30-13:00   Panel discussion together with


  • Anita Engels, Universität Hamburg
  • Joerg Mayer-Ries, Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit
  • Theresia Bauer MdL, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
  • Christian Berg, Club of Rome
  • Guy Brasseur, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie
13:00-14:30   Lunch


  Parallel interactive sessions on Future Earth cross-cutting themes:

Observing, monitoring and data system
Organisers: Christiane Schmullius (Universität Jena), Volkmar Wolters (Universität Giessen), Lars Bernard (TU Dresden), Harry Vereecken (FZ Jülich), Godela Roßner (DLR)


Earth system modeling and social macrodynamics
Organisers: Wolfgang Lucht (PIK), Julia Pongratz (MPI-M), Ruth Delzeit (IfW)


Metrics and evaluation for human well-being and sustainable development
Organisers: Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR), Imme Scholz (DIE), Nils aus dem Moore (RWI)


Theory and method development
Organisers: Karen Pittel (Ifo), Claudia Binder (LMU)


Science-society interface
Organisers: Armin Grunwald (KIT-ITAS), Ralf Seppelt (UFZ), Ulli Vilsmaier (Leuphana Universität), Jeremias Herberg (Leuphana Universität)

18:00-21:00   Get together (incl. Fingerfood)
18:00-19:30   Postersession and parallel
18:00-19:30   World Café "Future Earth Markt der Ideen"

World Café to the following 8 Future Earth related topics:

  • Wie wirkt Forschung? Folgenabschätzung als Baustein reflexiver, gesellschaftlich verantwortungsvoller Forschung
  • From co-design to co-evolution - What practical knowledge do we need for sustainability science and how it can be co-produced?
  • ​Citizen Science als ein Beitrag zur transdisziplinären Wissensproduktion: Wie können Erfahrungen aus dem Biodiversitäts- und Umweltmonitoring für Nachhaltigkeitstransformationen genutzt werden? 
  • Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems
  • Measuring Sustainable Consumption in the Context of the SDGs 
  • Social innovations in energy consumption and production - perceptions, motivations, and change agents
  • Big questions in climate impact science and climate action research
  • Bodenforschungsdaten: interdisziplinäre Anforderungen an ein nationales Datenmanagement








  Discussion forum
    Results of the day before
    Reports of the rapporteur of all five sessions
    News DKN working groups

Birgit Blättel-Mink (Universität Frankfurt)
Nicolas Brüggemann (FZ Jülich)
Jens Jetzkowitz (Universität Halle)
Hermann Jungkunst (Universität Koblenz-Landau)

Andreas Ernst (University of Kassel)

    New Future Earth Initiatives (examples)
  • Extreme Events and Environments from climate to Society, Kirsten Thonicke (PIK)
  • Sustainable Water Future Program, Claudia Pahl-Wostl (Universität Osnabrück)
  • International Year of Global Understanding, Benno Werlen (Universität Jena)
10:30-11:00    Break

  Discussion forum "Supporter of integrated research and cross-cutting themes of sustainability research"
    In dialogue with

Silke Bertram (VW Stiftung)
Wolfgang Rohe (Stiftung Mercator)
Ingrid Wünning Tschol (Robert Bosch Stiftung)

    In dialogue with

Volkmar Dietz (BMBF)
Annette Schmidtmann (DFG)
Kurt Vandenberghe (European Commission)

12:00-12:30   Closing discussion and end of official programme
12:30-13:30   Lunch
13:30-16:30   Side Events / Post Conference Workshops

SDGs and Future Earth research - the perspective of Early Career Scientists
Organisers: German Network of Early Career Scientists in Future Earth

    Integrative Stadtforschung: Themenpicknick zu Urbanen Nachhaltigkeitstransformationen
Organisatoren: Florian Koch, Kerstin Krellenberg, Sigrun Kabisch (UFZ)
    Towards a comprehensive future scenario framework for assessing sustainable development strategies
Organisers: Hermann Lotze-Campen (PIK), Elmar Kriegler (PIK), Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR, SDSN), Ines Dombrowsky (DIE), Jan Börner (ZEF)
    Wie lässt sich über nachhaltige Entwicklung erzählen? Ein Klärungsversuch
Organisator: Jens Jetzkowitz (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
    Normativity and Plurality: How to deal with Ethics in Future Earth?
Organisers: Thomas Potthast (University of Tübingen)
    Was wissen wir über Nachhaltigkeit? Grenzen von Metrik und Szenarien und alternative Erkenntniswege
Organisatoren: Felix Ekardt, Bettina Hennig, Beatrice Garske, Jutta Wieding (Forschungsstelle Nachhaltigkeit und Klimapolitik)
















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Special Events


Discussion Forum
Pathways to Sustainability: Dealing with Uncertainty

Date: January 27, 2016, 16:00-19:00
Venue: Senatssaal der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin
Participation: Free of charge

Keynote speech by Prof. Andrew Stirling, University of Sussex [Abstract]
Short presentations by Dr. Silke Beck, UFZ; Dr. Sabine Fuss, MCC; Dr. Armin Haas, IASS; Dr. Stefan Böschen, KIT
Plenary discussion organised by Marisa Beck & Tobias Krüger, IRI THESys, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Photobox Nachhaltigkeit

Date: January 28/29, 2016
Venue: Umweltforum

Organisers/Contact: Richard Beecroft, Kaidi Tamm & Oliver Parodi, Karlsruher Schule für Nachhaltigkeit


My m² Earth: A collaborative photo project on global change

Date: October 16, 2015 - January 29, 2016


The project invites you and your colleagues to upload own photographs to an online-blog on local aspects of global change. The results will be presented during the 2. German Future Earth Summit.

Organisers/Contact: Anne Dombrowski, IRI THESys, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin




updated 27.1.2016
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