German Sustainability Science Summit 2021

Pre-Summit Event

07 July 2021 (Wednesday)
planned 14:00 - 15:30 CEST
Early Career Researcher Workshop (Short talks, panel discussion, plenary discussion)
Inter- and Transdisciplinarity in sustainability science - opportunities and challenges for early career scientists.
Dr. Jorge Saturno, YESS community | Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany
Prof. Dr. Alexander Fekete, Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection, TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany
Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink, Department of Social Sciences, Institute for Sociology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Summit Program

Day 1

08 July 2021 (Thursday)


13:00 – 13:20 CEST
Welcome from DKN and DFG (Plenary Session)
Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Dr. Christiane Joerk, Programmdirektorin, Gruppe Geistes- und Sozialwissen-schaften 2: Sozial- und Verhaltenswissenschaften, DFG, Bonn, Germany

13:20 – 14:00 CEST
Introduction to DKN focus topics (Plenary Session)
Host: DKN

14:00 – 15:30 CEST
Panel Discussions on DKN focus topics (Parallel Sessions)

Session PP1 - Normativity in Sustainability Research
Session PP2 - Extreme events: collapse or resilience? - the role of health, well-being and social cohesion for reaching the sustainable development goals
Session PP3 - Diet, Biodiversity and Health - the role of sustainable diets for healthy people and healthy ecosystems
Session PP4 - Scale challenges in climate change, risk and adaptation research in the context of sustainable development

15:30 – 15:45 CEST

15:45 – 16:30 CEST
Conclusions from parallel sessions and outlook (Plenary Session)
Host: DKN

16:30 – 17:30 CEST
Scientific Session Block I (Parallel Sessions)

Session SSI1 - How to distribute scarce international funding? The example of climate change adaptation finance
Session SSI2 - Phylogenetic and genetic diversity: linking past and contemporary evolution to sustainability
Session SSI4 - Critical reflection on power relations and the transformative role of participation in sustainability science and governance
Session SSI5 - Water Security and Climate Change Adaptation: understanding the complexity of a global challenge
Session SSI6 - Sustainability from an Integrated Earth System Research View
Session SSI7 - "Fragmented Ways" – Debating Facets of Mobility Justice in Sustainable Transition Research
Session SSI8 - Sustainability and Freedom
Session SSI9 - MA Sustainability Research: Analyse! Valuate! Shape! Educating the next generation in Passau
Session SSI10 - True Food Pricing


19:00 – 20:00 CEST
DKN Happy Hour
Open virtual online platform for networking and social get together to meet and greet with everybody on the conference.

Day 2

09 July 2021 (Friday)


09:30 – 09:45 CEST
Introduction (Plenary Session)
Host: DKN

09:45 – 10:45 CEST
Science Policy Session (Panel Discussion)

Session SP1 - Science as a transformative lever for sustainable development – science policy as a game changer

10:45 – 11:45 CEST
Science Policy Session Block (Parallel Sessions)

Session SP2 - Knowledge Production around the SDGs: Rewards and Recognition in a Global Context
Session SP3 - The Lack of Rationality in the Debates on Climate Policies: An Attempt to Shed Light on this Puzzle
Session SP4 - “Biodiversity Mainstreaming” and its relevance for a more sustainable conservation and utilization of nature

11:45 – 12:00 CEST
Conclusions from parallel sessions and wrap-up (Plenary Session)
Host: DKN

12:00 – 13:00 CEST


13:00 – 13:20 CEST
Welcome Day 2 (Plenary Session)
Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Dr. Heide Ahrens, DFG Generalsekretärin, Bonn, Germany

13:20 – 14:20 CEST
Scientific Session Block II (Parallel Sessions)

Session SSII1 | DKN working-group - Synergies and trade-offs for the multiple usages of land on our way to climate neutrality
Session SSII2 | DKN-working-group - Science narratives in policy advice – for exploring the coastal-marine science-society-policy nexus
Session SSII3 | DKN working-group - Sustainable, transformative and circular bioeconomy
Session SSII4 - Spatiality in sustainability science: Contrasting perspectives to accelerate transformation
Session SSII5 - Water reclamation with resource recovery as key Water-Energy-Food Nexus potential for Zero Carbon City: Munich as an example
Session SSII6 - Capacity building for monitoring and fostering sustainable use of biological diversity
Session SSII7 - Sustainable Planning and Construction
Session SSII8 - Securing the living quality of urban regions under heat and water stress
Session SSII9 - Climate Change and Systemic Risk
Session SSII10 - Climate Change and Human Mobility in the Anthropocene

14:20 – 15:20 CEST
Science Session (Plenary Panel Discussion)

Session PD1 - A new social contract for climate change adaptation in dynamic societies ?!

15:20 – 15:45 CEST

15:45 – 16:45 CEST
Poster and Networking Session (Online Poster Session)

16:45 – 17:45 CEST
Perspectives of international sustainability science (Plenary Panel Discussion)

17:45 – 18:00 CEST
Summit Conclusions (Plenary Session)

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