Newsletter 1/2018


Liebe Future Earth-Interessierte,


willkommen zum ersten Newsletter in 2018 des Deutschen Komitees für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth.

Die folgenden Bekanntmachungen, Veranstaltungshinweise, Ausschreibungen und Stellenangebote bieten einen kurzen Überblick über aktuelle Entwicklungen mit Bezug zu Future Earth und dem World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Wöchentlich aktualisierte Neuigkeiten finden Sie auf unserer Webseite oder folgen Sie uns einfach auf Twitter.

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April 2018: New working paper by German Committee Future Earth working group “Sustainable intensification in agriculture” published! The successful implementation of sustainable intensification in agriculture depends on location and region specific conditions. It can only be achieved through a comprehensive interdisciplinary research program, combined with a transdisciplinary approach that involves relevant stakeholders.’ A key result of the German Committee Future Earth working group on “Sustainable intensification in agriculture” jointly organised with DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research (2015-2017). Download working paper by Ruth Delzeit and colleague here.


April 2018: Future Earth names inaugural members to its Advisory Committee. The new Advisory Committee members, who will help to guide the next phase of Future Earth’s evolution, come from across the globe and include prominent scientists, politicians and business leaders.The group will join the co-Chairs Johan Rockström and Leena Srivastava, who were appointed to the Committee late last year.


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April 2018: Aufruf zur Interessensbekundung für eine Mitwirkung bei der Ausgestaltung der 3. Mandatsperiode des Deutschen Komitees für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth. Wir laden AkademikerInnen aus unterschiedlichsten Bereichen der globalen Nachhhaltigkeitsforschung ein, ihr Interesse zu bekunden, zusammen mit den DKN-Mitgliedern und DKN-Arbeitsgruppen-SprecherInnen, die Schwerpunkte für die nächste Mandatsperiode (2018-2021) zu setzen. Download Aufruf (PDF).


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April 2018: Five new IPBES assessment reports released and unedited advance summaries for policymakers are now avaiable. The result of three years of work, the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration, and the four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services - covering the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, as well as Europe and Central Asia - are now available. The assessment reports were approved by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in Medellín, Colombia, at the 6th session of its Plenary. IPBES has 129 State Members.



March 2018: ICSU to coordinate the External Review of IPBES. The International Council for Science has been selected to coordinate the External Review of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


March 2018: UNESCO honours geography with the creation of a Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability. Over the next four years, the new UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability will primarily support greater involvement of social sciences and humanities in sustainability research. The social geographer Professor Benno Werlen will hold the Chair at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany).


March 2018: Call for nominations for WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) members. WCRP is calling for (self-)nominations for membership in the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), for a four-year term from January 2019 to December 2022. The deadline to submit nominations is 6 April 2018.


February 2018: PREP, an international partnership, launches new portal for climate data: PREPdata. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) has debuted an online tool (PREPdata) that allows users to explore and map a wide range of data on climate change and society. The PREP initiative was kicked off in 2016 in the United States by the White House. It now includes more than 30 partners, including top tech companies like Google and Amazon Web Services, and also GEO, NASA, WRI, SEI, ESRI, Future Earth. The Partnership is currently being coordinated by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Future Earth. 


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February 2018: 3rd German Future Earth Summit "From Knowledge to Action" 2018. The German Committee Future Earth thanks all colleagues involved in the conference, the session and roundtable organisers, panellists, moderators, speakers and all 270 participants. We had an exciting program! Stay tuned, the conference summary report will be available soon at our website.


December 2017: German Committee Future Earth supports two new working groups.
Co-spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg; Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben, ISInova Institut für Sozialinnovation.
Co-spokespersons: Dr. Wilfried Rickels, Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Dr. Christa A. Marandino, GEOMAR Helmholtz Center For Ocean Research Kiel.


News Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks

Future Earth started several activities to jointly develop with the global community its Future Earth Knowledge Actions Networks (KANs). Some latest news are:

KAN Natural Assets: Future Earth - IPBES workshop on THE FUTURE OF BIODIVERSITY AND HUMAN WELL-BEING (March 2018, Medellin,  Colombia); KAN Development Team established.

KAN Transformation: Get involved in "SDG TRANSFORMATION FORUM" and its six working groups.

KAN Sustainable Consumption and Production: New partnership with journal on "Sustainability: Science, Practice, Policy"; Spring 2018 Virtual Seminar Series: Practitioners Communicating Sustainable Consumption and Production (April to May 2018).

KAN Ocean: Contribution to 2018 OCEAN SCIENCES MEETING (February 2018, Portland).

KAN Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Research and Engagement Plan published.

KAN Health: 2018 PLANETARY HEALTH MEETING (29-31.5.2018, Edinburgh), registration open now!

KAN Cities/Urban: CITIES IPCC CONFERENCE (March 2018, Montreal), NEWSLETTER (first issue in March 2018).

KAN SDGs/Transformation: Conference on SEEDBEDS OF TRANSFORMATIONS (9-11 May 2018, Port Elizabeth, SA), registration open now!


Please visit the FUTURE EARTH OPEN NETWORK for more information and to exchange opinions and ideas for research in Knowledge-Action Networks. There are numerous fantastic events!






April 2018: Registration open for internationale conference "Subseasonal to Decadal Prediction" (17-21.9.2018, Boulder, USA). Weather and climate variations on subseasonal to decadal timescales can have enormous social, economic, and environmental impacts, making skillful predictions on these timescales a valuable tool for policymakers. As such, there is a growing interest in the scientific, operational, and applications communities in developing forecasts to improve our foreknowledge of events. More information


9-13 April 2018: Spring Campus Conference 2018 “Moving Beyond the Ivory Tower: How do Science and Universities Contribute to the Sustainability Transformation?“ (Berlin, Germany). More information


15 April 2018: Abstract submission deadline ‘Tropentag 2018. Global food security and food safety: the role of universities’ (17-19.9.2018, Ghent, Belgium). Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide. More information


16 April 2018: Webinar on ‘Networking for the landscape: The potential of collaborative governance in addressing institutional misfit in the provision of ecosystem services’. More information


16-20 April 2018: SASSCAL Science Symposium ‘Science Diplomacy supporting Climate Change Action in SADC" (Lusaka, Zambia). More information


22 April 2018: Abstract submission deadline "Neue Perspektiven der Erdbeobachtung" (25-27.6.2018, Köln, Germany). Das Symposium soll Entwicklern und Anbietern aus Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft sowie Anwendern der Satellitenerdbeobachtung als Dialogplattform dienen, Vernetzungen ermöglichen und den Wissenstransfer intensivieren. Forschungseinrichtungen und Unternehmen sind eingeladen, neueste Ergebnisse ihrer Arbeiten zu präsentieren und zu diskutieren.. More information


27 April 2018: Symposium Reallabore Baden-Württemberg (Karlsruhe, Germany). Ergebnisse und Erfahrungen aus über 3 Jahren Reallabor-Forschung in Baden-Württemberg.  More information


15 May 2018: Application deadline "2nd KLASICA Taipei Symposium" (29.9.-2.10.2018, Taipei, Taiwan). The focus of the second international Knowledge, Learning, And Societal Change research Alliance (KLASICA) Taipei symposium is ‘Core affective narratives of vision and identity that guide and motivate societal change toward sustainable futures and their applicability for modeling social dynamics’. More information


15 May 2018: Abstract submission deadline for "Systematizing and upscaling urban solutions for climate change mitigation" (13.9.-14.9.2018, Berlin, Germany). The conference calls for contributions on several intertwined fronts, including infrastructures, behavior, technology, big data, well-being, governance and transition studies (interdisciplinary teams especially welcome). Especially welcome are papers that demonstrate the feasibility to upscale urban climate solutions beyond individual cities, identifying archetypes and typologies of urban solutions. More information


1 June 2018: Registration deadline for "Sustainable Consumption: Fostering Good Practices and Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century" (27.-30.6.2018, Copenhagen, Denmark). The conference is expected to attract an international assemblage of researchers who value close interaction with policy makers and practitioners while pursuing co-designed interventions to enable progress toward a more sustainable future.. More information


7 June 2018: Symposium "Integrated Science for Future Ocean Health and Recovery" (Kiel, Germany). The symposium Integrated Science for Future Ocean Health and Recovery will provide an opportunity to discuss solution-oriented marine science for sustaining ocean health (including innovative research approaches and societal & legal implementation challenges) to secure "healthy and productive oceans" (SDG 14.2). Registration open now! More information


6-8 June 2018: Workshop on "Conceptualising the new commons: the examples of knowledge commons & seed and variety commons" (Oldenburg, Germany). More information


19 April - 10 June 2018: Internationale Ausstellung "Zur Nachahmung empfohlen!" (Bonn, Germany). Kuratiert von Adrienne Goehler waren die "expeditionen zur ästethik und nachhaltigkeit" in den letzten Jahren u.a. in Indien, Äthiopien, China, Brasilien, Mexiko, Peru und Chile zu sehen. Die Ausstellung in Bonn ist ein Kooperationsvorhaben von SDSN Germany in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutschen Institut für Entwicklungspolitik und Engagement Global. More information


10 June 2018: Registration deadline for symposium on "Brain Power for Sustainable Development: The Cognitive Preconditions for a Successful Sustainability Transition" (13.6.2018, Berlin, Germany). The adoption of the 2030 Agenda was a landmark achievement for the United Nations, providing for a shared global vision on sustainable development. The scale and ambition of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are unprecedented and require new and innovative approaches. With this symposium, the Leopoldina continues the dialogue between science and politics on sustainability and builds on the symposium “The Turn to Sustainability". More information


11 - 12 October 2018: EEAC Annual Conference 2018: Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030 (Berlin, Germany). To advance on our journey on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and beyond Europe we have to push key leverages for transformation. The 26th EEAC Annual Conference will be dedicated to identifying some of these key leverages and to foster our common European debate on the implementation of the SDGs in Europe. More information





15 April 2018: Application deadline for Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership (Sweden, Netherlands, Germany). The Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is a unique European program that trains the next generation of leaders in sustainability research. It provides an intensive training that broaden the research competencies of early-career researchers and promote their qualification towards transdisciplinary leadership.The program is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and a joint project of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the four academic centres Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions in Rotterdam. More information


16 April 2018: Application deadline for 2018 Utrecht Winter School on Earth System Governance. The Winter School will focus on five themes that form the core focus of the new earth system governance research agenda which are Anticipation and Imagination, Adaptiveness and purposeful change, Architecture and Agency, Democracy and Power, Justice and AllocationMore information


30 April 2018: Application deadline for WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship ProgrammeThe Fellowship Programme is for an early career social scientist who are willing and able to contribute to solving current global problems. More information


13 May 2018: Application deadline for Robert-Bosch Junior Professorship (Germany). Each year Robert Bosch Stiftung invites applications for its Junior Professorship "Research into the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources", granting up to one million euros for independent research over a period of five years. More information


Starting fall 2018: New Future Earth educational program "Global Sustainability Studies". Future Earth is a partner on a new educational programme that will send undergraduate students to countries around the world to learn about pressing sustainability issues. More information




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