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The expert discussion, held within the frame of the 5th meeting of the German Committee Future Earth, is part of the development process of a German perspective of Future Earth research that has been initiated by the German committee in January 2014.

As a result of the expert discussion a comprehensive set of 8 to 10 guiding questions (“Future Earth Challenges”) is expected to be defined, that

  • set new impulses for research within Future Earth, means research that have not been considered at all or insufficiently within the Global Environmental Change-programmes.
  • are of social relevance,
  • support integrated research, and
  • bring forward research within Future Earth programmatically.

Scientists from various fields of study and organizations, young scientists, representatives from politics and the economy, as well as research funders are invited to the expert discussion. The discussions will base on the results and submitted concepts of the German Future Earth Summit, as well as current published “Grand Challenges” of various authors.

The expert discussion was the second step of the development process of a German perspective of Future Earth research started in 2014 by the German Committee Future Earth. The result of the expert discussion will be published soon.



  • Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M.
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie - ITAS
  • Dr. Maja Göpel, Wuppertal Institut
  • Dr. Tim Haarmann, DFG
  • Dr. Jochen Hinkel, Global Climate Forum e.V.
  • Dr. Christiane Jörk, DFG
  • Dr. Johannes Karte, DFG
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht, Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung
  • Dr. Simon Meisch, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel, ifo Institut
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Schmullius, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmoltz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
  • Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters, Justus Liebig Universität Giessen
  • and several representatives from German ministries (BMZ, BMBF, UBA).


Invited also: Representatives of the economy sector (e.g. MunichRe, Außenhandelsvereinigung des Deutschen Einzelhandels).


updated 11.7.2014

 Date & Venue:

17./18.6.2014, Bad Homburg (upon invitation)
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften



Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie – ITAS
E-Mail: armin.grunwald@kit.edu

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck
GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
E-Mail: mvisbeck@geomar.de

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht
Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung
E-Mail: Wolfgang.Lucht@pik-potsdam.de

Dr. Bettina Schmalzbauer
DKN Future Earth Secretariat (organisation/invitation)
E-Mail: schmalzbauer@dkn-future-earth.de


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