Public Event 2014

Public Event & Panel Discussion / 30.06.2014

The Arctic in Times of Climate Change – what to expect?

During this year’s Potsdam Summer school we will host a Public Event on 30 June 2014 under the overall headline “Arktis im Klimawandel – Was kommt da auf uns zu? Neue Seewege, Rohstoffe und ökologische Folgen“ (The Arctic in times of Climate Change – What to expect? New sea routes, resources and ecological consequences). Attached you find the announcement of the event. The event will take place in German but translation into English will be provided for Summer School participants and speakers if needed. The public event is organized by the Potsdam Summer school partners: the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and the University of Potsdam, and the City of Potsdam. A reception after the panel discussion provides the opportunity for summer school participants to discuss further with experts and others the urgent questions concerning the transformations in the Arctic.

The event will take place at: University of Potsdam Campus am Neuen Palais Am Neuen Palais 10 HAUS 12 / Obere Mensa* 14469 Potsdam *upper floor, access through the park Opening at: 6pm

Welcome speech

Prof. Oliver Günther, President of the University of Potsdam

Scientific lecture

Prof. Peter Lemke, Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, on „Klimawandel in den Polargebieten – (k)ein Grund zur Sorge?“ (Climate Change in the Polar Regions – a reason to worry?). Website University of Potsdam →

Panel discussion questions:

Subsequently, a number of high-ranking representatives from science and politics will discuss the following panel discussion questions (as well as questions from the audience): Who are the relevant actors in the changing Arctic region? Which are the ecological and climatic consequences of a warming Arctic? What are the central challenges of sustainable development in the Arctic and beyond (globally, for the region and for Germany?) Which contribution can research make for the sustainable transformation of the Arctic? Which political decisions and societal processes are necessary to promote a sustainable development of the Arctic and the consequences beyond? Which role can Germany play in this regard? Which challenges exist in the realm of international law against the background of the changes occurring in the Arctic and the increasing international interest in the region?

Participants of panel discussion:

Prof. Hans-Joachim Kümpel Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR) Prof. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung Prof. Peter Lemke Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung Prof. Nele Matz-Lück Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel NN German Foreign Office


Thomas Prinzler, science journalist

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