German Future Earth Summit 2018


Summit Front 2018

Thursday, February 8th

Friday, February 9th


10:00 - 10:15 Welcome remarks
   Christiane Joerk, DFG
10:15 - 10:45 Introductory session
                           moderated by Armin Grunwald
                       Future Earth Knowledge-Action Networks: current und future guiding principles
  Amy Luers, Future Earth
  Future Earth in Germany
  Martin Visbeck, German Committee Future Earth
10:45 - 11:30 Panel discussion "Science, policy &global sustainability" (German language)
  moderated by Jan Martin Wiarda
  Armin Grundwald, Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT-ITAS)
  Diskussion mit
  Claudia Kemfert, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
  Reinhold Leinfelder, FU Berlin
  Imme Scholz, German Development Institute (DIE)
  Barbara Unmüßig, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

Community forum I

14:00 - 14:30 The international Future Earth program  "KAN development, implementation and activities – first examples"
                       moderated by Daniela Jacob
  In dialogue with
  Philip Vergragt, Tellus Institute & KAN Development Team on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production
  Chadia Wannous,, Towards A Safer World Network and KAN Development Team on Health
  Anna Zivian, Ocean Conservancy & KAN Development Team Ocean
14:45 - 16:45 Parallel interactive sessions
                           "Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks (KAN)"
  • KAN session on "Natural Assets"
  Shifting the paradigm -  seeking alternative land management approaches for sustainable agriculture
  organisers/speakers/moderators C. Krug, Universität Zürich, A. de Bremond, Center for Development and Environment, K. Krewenka, Hamburg University, G. Schütte, Hamburg University. 
  • KAN session on "SDGs"
  SDGs and trade-offs: Biomass as an example for the role of science in policy formulation and implementation
  organised by U. R. Fritsche,IINAS. Speakers: Hermann Lotze-Campen, PIK/SDSN; Elmar Kriegler, PIK; Ulrike Eppler, IINAS; Ivonne Alva, TMG; Christine RoeschKIT-ITAS; Tobias Heimann, IWE; Steffi Ober, NABU; Henrik Carlsen, SEI; Moderation: Maja Göpel, WBGU
  • KAN session on "Water-Energy-Food Nexus"
  Challenges of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
  organisers/speakers/moderators J. Friedrich, KIT, S. Köpke, Universität Kassel, K. Krumme, Universität Duisburg-Essen, H. Lehn, KIT, A. Melkonyan, Universität Duisburg-Essen,  W.-R. Poganietz, KIT, A. Ploeger, Universität Kassel, S. Withanachchi, Universität Kassel. Moderation: A. Grunwald, KIT
  • KAN session on "Finance and Economics"
  Reconnecting Economics and Finance to Earth
  organised by R. Cremades, Climate Service Center Germany, A. Haas, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam, L. Zsolnai, Corvinus University of Budapest. Speakers: T. Walker, Concordia University Montreal; I. Otto, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; M. Jakob, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin; N. May, German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin; Moderation: G. Leipold, Climate Transparency
  • KAN session on "Transformations"
  Transformative indicators and the transformation of work
  organised by K. Schleicher, Center for Transformation Research and Sustainability - TransZent, G. Jochum, TU Munich, H. Haake, Wuppertal Institute, A. Cárdenas, ISF Munich. Further speakers: B. Littig, IHS Vienna; I. Matuschek, University of Duisburg Essen
  • KAN session on "Sustainable Consumption and Production" 
  Global responsibility and spillovers in achieving the SDGs
  organised by H. Hoff, PIK/SEI, S. Malelu & N. Löhr GIZ, P. Vergragt, Future Earth SSCP KAN; Speakers: K. Wiebe, Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU); P. Vergragt, Tellus Institute; L. Dendler, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR); C. Schampel, Systain; Action side: S. Schmitz & I. Dietrich, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); L. Neumann, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL); A. Waheed, Responsible Business Initiative; N.N., Consumer Organisation; H. Osmers-Rentzsch, Lebensbaum; NN, Ferrero; NN,GIZ
  parallel Open Space
17:00 - 18:00 Lightning talks
  moderated by Francois Buscot
  • Research blog post award "Global Sustainability"
  • Working groups & co-design project groups German Committee Future Earth
  Susainable work (by G. Jochum, TU Munich)Urban sustainability transformations (by K. Krellenberg, & F. Koch, UFZ)Social innovations (by A. Ernst, Kassel University, B. Blättel-Mink, Frankfurt University), Societal resilience and climate extremes (by I. Chabay, IASS Potsdam), Sustainable Consumption (by D. Fischer, Leuphana University, M. Jaeger-Erben, IsiNova), Shipping Emissions (by W. Rickels, IfW)
  • German network of Early Career Scientists in Future Earth
18:00  18:15 Conclusion day 1 with highlights of sessions and Open Space
18:15 - 21:00 Get together


Community forum II

9:00 - 10:00            Dialogue "Stakeholder partnership and initiatives: lessons learned"
                      moderated by Patrick Hostert
  Input Statements
  John Ingram, University of Oxford
  Matthias Bergmann, ISOE
  In dialogue with
  Anita Engels, Hamburg University
  Florian Koch, UFZ
  Asun St. Clair, DNVGL
10:15-12:15 Parallel roundtable discussions/workshops "Managing expectations"

The role of social sciences and the humanities at the interface of environmental sciences and international political fora

                                organised by  M. Akhtar-Schuster & C. Textor, DLR; Speakers: J. Jetzkowitz, Helmut Schmidt Universität, Hamburg; J. Settele, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung, Halle; H. Egner, Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt; M. Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Berlin
  Policy pathways for healthier, more equitable and more environmental sustainable lifestyles
  organised by  R. Strube & F. Grossi, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Further speaker: I. Stegeman, EuroHealthNet
  Societal resilience and climate extremes
  organised by P. Mahrenholz, UBA, D. Frank, MPI for Biogeochemistry, F. Kreienkamp, DWD, M. Reichenstein, MPI for Biogeochemistry, J. Scheffran, Hamburg University. Speakers: P. Mahrenholz, UBA; A. Thieken, University of Potsdam; J. Scheffran, Universität Hamburg; C. Kulicke, UFZ Leipzig; A. Fekete, TH Köln Moderation: I. Chabay, IASS Potsdam
  Town and country in the flow - creating sustainable climate landscapes
  organised by A. Valentin, WILA Bonn. Speaker: P. Xanthopoulos, City of Gelsenkirchen; C. Oldenburg, University of Bonn; A.-M. Bolte, AG Grüne Infrastruktur; Moderator:  N. J. Schneevoigt, University of Bonn
  What do stakeholders expect from science with regard to indicators on global responsibility?
  organised by A. Kloke-Lesch and J. Sturm, SDSN Germany. Speakers: N.-L. Hönighaus, econsense; H. Ott, Deutscher Naturschutzring; O. WieckInternational Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Germany; C. Kroll, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  Beyond “speaking truth to power“? The implications of co-creation for research and policy advice
  organised by J. Spangenberg, UFZ, J. Herberg, IASS Potsdam.
12:30-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:45 Dialogue "The way to go: sustainability in science and research"
  moderated by Karen Pittel & Josh Tewksbury
  Input statements (LeNa, HOCH-N, Netzwerk N, SDG graduate colleges, science-policy) & dialogue with
  Katharina Helming, ZALF 
  Claudia Schmitt, Universität Hamburg
  Jana Holz, netzwerk n
  Christoph Hansert, DAAD
  Adolf Kloke-Lesch, SDSN Germany
14:15-15:15 Highlights roundtable discussions & closing remarks


Special Events

Wednesday, February 7th

16:00-18:00 Networking meeting German Network of Early Career Scientists in Future Earth
  oganised by Antje Brock, FU Berlin, Katrin Daedlow, ZALF, Franziska Schünemann, IfW


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