Working Program (2019-2021)


The German Committee Future Earth acts as an independent, national research advisory board for issues related to national and international activities within the research programmes Future Earth and WCRP, the World Climate Research Program. The main tasks of the German Committee Future Earth are to support und further develop the national scientific agenda, to facilitate and identify innovative German contributions, and to support German scientists in the development of relevant research activities within Future Earth and WCRP.



"From Scientists, For Scientists."


In the third working period (2019-2021) the German Committee Future Earth will further support international and national dialogue, and foster innovative design of sustainability research, especially through networking activities. In doing so, the German Committee Future Earth collaborates closely with the wider German community, for instance, by setting up working groups.


The working priorities of the second period can be summarized as follows:

  • Support the German research community in developing concepts for research topics that are societally relevant (e.g. in the context of „Future Earth Global Systemic Challenges“), and in exchanging ideas with societal actors and funding bodies (e.g. through the co-design of research topics).
  • Facilitate the design of integrated research by setting up working groups focusing on specific themes.
  • Mobilization and integration of German scientists, including early career scientists, from the natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities, and engineering in Future Earth activities. This includes specifically networking activities with relevant international actors such as other national committees of Future Earth as well as with German, European and international funding bodies.
  • Advising the DFG on developments within Future Earth and on strategic issues in the international context concerning e.g. the Belmont Forum or the International Science Council.
  • Advising on the development of quality criteria for transdisciplinary and solution-oriented sustainability research as well as on the institutionalisation of such criteria in the selection processes of German funding bodies.


The implementation of these activities is supported by the Secretariat of the German Committee Future Earth. The Secretariat’s tasks include coordinating activities and contributions and, over the long term, providing a platform and the knowledge for the debate on new methods and topics within sustainability research in Future Earth as well as supporting dialogue on co-design of research for Future Earth in Germany.


updated, 15.3.2019
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