German Future Earth Summit 2016

Invitation to attend

Summit 2016

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


Dear colleagues,

The year 2015 is all in the context of global sustainability: a global post-Kyoto regime is to be decided in the summer to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will addresses developing and developed countries in the future are to be adopted at the end of 2015, and also the international research program on global sustainability, Future Earth, starts its activities through the newly established globally distributed secretariats in Paris, Montreal, Boulder, Tokyo and Sweden as well as several regional centers.

Based on these promising developments that will further stimulate sustainability research we cordially invite you to the


2nd German Future Earth Summit

 - 28/29 January 2016 in Berlin -


in order to discuss with you the German activities in the context of the international Future Earth research.

At the 2nd German Future Earth Summit we would like to discuss with the German community current developments and pick up sustainability research debates. Particularly focus of the Summit lies on cross-cutting Future Earth themes of „Observing, monitoring and data systems“, „Earth system modeling and social macrodynamics“, „Metrics and evaluation for human-well being and sustainable development“, „Theory and method development“ and „Science-society interface“. In interactive, parallel sessions of the conference we are going to find out interests and debate further developments respectively foci as well as define more precisely possible conflict areas and knowledge gaps.


With this conference we would like to strengthen the German community interested in Future Earth in the development of its interdisciplinary or basic research activities while offering an opportunity to network and exchange ideas during World Café, poster session and side event.


Your contribution to the conference:

At the summit we’re offering you various opportunities to actively participate in the discussions. We very much welcome poster contributions presenting your activities. Other possibilities are to propose the organization of a discussion table at the World Café „Future Earth Markt der Ideen“ or of a side event (e.g. workshop) following the conference.
Please consider also our call for abstracts and send us your proposals at the latest until 13 September 2015 27 September 2015.
We very much welcome your active participation. Please make use of the pool of ideas from various areas in the natural and social sciences, humanities and engineering to bring forward the integrative research in Future Earth with us.


Our Summit also offers the opportunity to exchange opinions and to discuss expectations to participants from politics, business, society and research funding sector.

You will find further information on the cross-cutting themes of Future Earth, online registration, call for abstracts and the current program on our websites ( For further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us (contact: Dr. Bettina Schmalzbauer, email:, phone 0711-49004240).

We look forward to your participation and lively discussions!


With kindest regards,

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck

On behalf of the members of the German Committee Future Earth



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