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:


Discussion Forum
Pathways to Sustainability: Dealing with Uncertainty

Keynote speech Prof. A. Stirling (University of Sussex) [Abstract]

Short presentations Dr. S. Beck (UFZ), Dr. S. Fuss (MCC), Dr. A. Haas (IASS), N.N.

Governance must acknowledge that multiple futures are possible and account for surprises when navigating pathways to sustainability. This is because projections of future developments in coupled human-environment systems are always partial and indeterminate because we do not fully understand the complex processes of change in these systems and empirical data is scarce. Uncertainty therefore imposes great challenges for research and decision-making on sustainability.

What are the implications for the research community working to identify pathways to a sustainable future? How can researchers provide effective and meaningful decision-support without unduly simplifying problems or prematurely limiting the range of considered possible futures?

This event will address these questions by bringing together speakers and an audience from a broad spectrum of disciplines and intellectual traditions. Professor Andrew Stirling from University of Sussex will introduce his uncertainty matrix as a starting point for discussion in which he will be joined by four leading German sustainability researchers.


Photobox Nachhaltigkeit

Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung folgt allzu oft noch einem belehrenden Muster – gerade an der Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft kann diese unidirektionale, expertenzentrierte Thematisierung dem Thema Nachhaltige Entwicklung nicht gerecht werden. Die „Photobox Nachhaltigkeit“ ist ein Experiment der Karlsruher Schule der Nachhaltigkeit, die das Motiv des Frontalunterrichts ironisch aufgreift, die Tafel aber frei zur Verfügung stellt: Jeder ist eingeladen, sein Verständnis, seine Sicht auf Nachhaltigkeit mit Kreide und Tafel festzuhalten und – natürlich freiwillig – über die Website der Karlsruher Schule der Nachhaltigkeit zu teilen und Diskussion zu stellen. So kommen unterschiedliche Perspektiven, Sprachen, Ausdrucksformen und Ideen nebeneinander zur Geltung, die im Anschluss wieder in die wissenschaftliche Arbeit mit einbezogen werden können. Der begrenzte Raum und Stil des Mediums Tafel zwingt dabei zu einer Einfachheit, die befreit von dem Anspruch der Vollständigkeit: auch widersprüchliche, selbstkritische und offene Beiträge haben ihren legitimen Platz auf dieser Tafel.



My m² Earth: A collaborative photo project on global change

The Earth's surface covers approximately 510 Billion square meters. Most of them are affected by mankind, today more than ever before. Against this background, My m² Earth raises the question on which spot of Earth people identify local aspects of Global Change within their everyday life.

The term m² Earth relates to an exhibition at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2014 where Global Change was represented in a series of 1x1 m photographs. Following up on this, we invite you and your colleques to upload own photographs and comments on their thematic and visual messages. The aim of this project is a bilingual dialogue that combines visual language and thematic exchange.

The results will be presented during the 2nd German Future Earth Summit.

What kind of images are we looking for?

Global Change does not just stand for the destruction of the environment or a loss of biodiversity but also positive aspects such as urban gardening, urban animal habitats or energy-efficient housing. Your motifs can focus on the complete range of phenomena. The technical professionality of the submitted images is not important but the photographer's personal view. We are interested in individual motifs of change located in your daily life. 

The title  My m² Earth is purely symbolic. Your image can but does not have to correspond to the size of a real square meter. All uploaded images will be automatically crapped to a square meter format.

Who is invited to participate?

The project addresses all participants of the 2nd German Future Earth Summit and other interested parties concerned about the Earth's future. We encourage researchers across disciplines as well as stakeholders to contribute with own images and/or texts.




updated, 27.1.2016



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

Organisers: Marisa Beck & Tobias Krueger, IRI THESys, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Contact: Anne Dombrowski










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Date: January 28/29, 2016
Venue: Umweltforum

Organisers: Richard Beecroft, Kaidi Tamm & Oliver Parodi, Karlsruher Schule der Nachhaltigkeit








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Date: October 16, 2015 - January 29, 2016

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

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