German Future Earth Summit 2018

About the summit, news, and important dates

Summit Front 2018

Scientific knowledge is essential to support and improve decision-making that successfully implements the 2030 Agenda and reaches the goals of the Paris Agreement. Considering the tight time scale of these political frameworks, the scientific community is challenged more than ever to provide answers of the world’s biggest societal and environmental problems.

Today, science faces three big challenges (1) assessing and communicating the science generated over the past 20 years, (2) defining and closing knowledge gaps, and (3) generating (new) knowledge together with relevant societal actors in the context of global sustainability.

In addition to national and regional approaches some challenges benefit from international networks advanced by WCRP and Future Earth. The first German Future Earth Summit focused on new areas for integrated science for Germany; the second Summit addressed the cross-cutting issues around theory, data and assessment while this third Summit will focus on Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs). KANs are expected to create and provide a creative environment for science and stakeholders to advance integrated knowledge generation on global sustainability.

The German Committee Future Earth supports these international efforts and provides a platform for German researchers working on global sustainability. Moreover, the German Committee Future Earth partners with the solution network SDSN-Germany and supports science informed decision-making via the newly established ‘Science Platform Sustainability 2030’. Together with the scientific community we want to develop and explore possible new research directions in Germany and beyond, to advance the idea of global sustainable societies.

Science across the KANs is highly integrated. The KANs will build on fundamental and solution oriented research, and focus on topics such as Health, Natural Assets, Ocean, Sustainable Consumption & Production, Sustainable Development Goals, Transformations, Urban, Water-Energy- Food Nexus, Finance & EconomicsThe German Future Earth Summit will provided an opportunity to network and exchange ideas during sessions, roundtables and research posts. We want to thank all attendants for their contributions!

Participants in the main program:

  • Dr. Matthias Bergmann, ISOE
  • Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink, Frankfurt University
  • Prof Dr. Francois Buscot, UFZ
  • Dr. Ilan Chabay, IASS Potsdam
  • Prof. Dr. Anita Engels, Hamburg University
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Ernst, Kassel University
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer, Leuphana University
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, KIT-ITAS
  • Dr. Christoph Hansert, DAAD
  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Helming, ZALF
  • Jana Holz, netzwerk n
  • Prof. Dr. Patrick Hostert, IRI THESys
  • Prof. Dr. John Ingram, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob, GERICS
  • Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben, IsiNova
  • Dr. Georg Jochum,TU Munich
  • Dr. Christiane Joerk, DFG
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, DIW
  • Adolf Kloke-Lesch, SDSN Germany
  • Dr. Florian Koch, UFZ,
  • Dr. Kerstin Krellenberg, UFZ
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder, FU Berlin
  • Dr. Amy Luers, Future Earth 
  • Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel
  • Dr. Wilfried Rickels, IfW
  • Dr. Claudia Schmitt, Universität Hamburg
  • Dr. Imme Scholz, DIE
  • Dr. Asun St. Clair, DNVGL
  • Prof. Dr. Josh Tewksbury, Future Earth Colorado
  • Barbara Unmüßig, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
  • Prof. Dr. Philip Vergragt, Tellus Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, German Committee Future Earth
  • Dr. Chadia Wannous, United Nations Office for DisasterRisk Reduction
  • Jan Martin Wiarda, Journalist & Moderator
  • Dr. Anna Zivian, Ocean Conservancy


8/9 February 2018, Berlin

(First cross-cutting KAN workshop, 7 February 2018, Berlin) 



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