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  • Title:  Start  - IASS
    Descriptive info: .. Contact.. Sitemap.. legal notice.. Deutsch.. Home.. Start.. News.. Institute.. Research & Science.. Welcome to IASS Potsdam - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.. V.. Inspired by the 2007 Nobel Laureate Symposium Global Sustainability A Nobel Cause held in Potsdam and acting on the initiative of the German Federal Government at the subsequent Climate Research Summit, the Alliance of German Scientific Organisations developed a concept for creating an international, interdisciplinary Institute of excellence for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).. The Institute will develop challenging and innovative approaches to highly relevant sustainability areas such as climate stability, energy security and resource efficiency.. In addition it will address ecological and social-compatible economic growth issues, co-evolution of urban and rural spaces and sustainable technological developments.. The IASS is called to make a focal contribution to the development of a national research strategy for climate protection and play a role in the ecological, economic and socio-political dimension of a climate and earth system based on sustainability.. The Institute will therefore foster scientific advancement and act as a hub for strategic dialogue and shaping opinion amongst research,  ...   contribute their knowledge to 35 young, international up-and-coming researchers and practitioners.. More information.. The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies at the UN conference Rio+20.. Read more.. The IASS calls all aboard! the freighter MS Wissenschaft for an expedition of raw material.. ENERGIEWENDE HEARING.. The public hearing on the Energiewende with experts Klaus Töpfer (IASS), Reinhard Hüttl (acatech) and Robert Schlögl (Fritz-Haber-Institut) took place on June 28th.. The event was held in German and.. live-streamed.. (Link).. on the IASS website.. Where do we stand, and where do we go from here? The full video version will be availabe for viewing shortly.. Read more.. CONFERENCE: THE ENERGIEWENDE - IS THERE A NORDIC WAY?.. A conference on sustainable energy future in Germany and the Nordic Countries, October 15.. th.. -16.. st.. at the Nordic Embassies in Berlin.. The IASS and the Nordic Embassies will bring together high-level representatives from the policy-making, research and business communities.. More.. RESEARCH CLUSTERS.. Prof.. Dr.. Klaus Töpfer:.. Global Contract for Sustainability.. Carlo Rubbia:.. Earth, Energy and Environment (E³).. PD Dr.. Mark Lawrence:.. Sustainable Interactions with the Atmospere.. recommend site.. print..

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  • Title:  How to get to the IASS  - IASS
    Descriptive info: How to get to the IASS.. About us.. The IASS e.. The Directors.. General Assembly.. Strategy Advisory Board.. Secretary-General.. Press & Communications.. Job vacancies.. The History of the Kleist-Villa.. IASS Potsdam.. Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.. Berliner Straße 130.. D-14467 Potsdam.. Telephone +49 331-288223-00.. Fax +49 331-288223-10.. Mail:.. info(at)iass-potsdam.. de.. Mail contact for Prof.. Rubbia:.. E3.. secretariat(at)iass-potsdam.. Press Communications.. Madelon Fleminger.. Telephone: +49(0) 331-28822-341.. madelon.. fleminger(at)iass-potsdam.. Steffen Heinzelmann.. Telephone: +49(0) 331-28822-340.. steffen.. heinzelmann(at)iass-potsdam.. Größere Kartenansicht.. Coming to Potsdam by plane.. Most of you will arrive by plane, either via Tegel Airport or Schönefeld Airport.. You  ...   109 in the direction of S+U Zoologischer Garten.. At Zoologischer Garten the Regional train (Regionalexpress RE1) leaves from platform 3 to Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof.. After about 20 minutes, you will reach Potsdam Hauptbahnhof.. B.. Via Schönefeld.. From the airport, you walk towards the trainstation S Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld.. The Regionalbahn RB22 in direction Potsdam Hauptbahnhof brings you to your final destination in less than an hour.. From Potsdam Central Station to the IASS.. Tram 93 in direction Glienicker Brücke brings you in about 5 minutes to the station Schiffbauergasse/Berliner Straße, which is situated directly in front of the IASS..

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  • Title:  Sitemap  - IASS
    Descriptive info: Potsdam Memorandum 2007.. Executive Director - Prof.. Töpfer.. Scientific Director - Prof.. Rubbia.. Scientific Director - PD Dr.. Mark Lawrence.. Secretary-General - Dr.. Tobias.. Press Communications.. Press Releases.. Presseinfo Lawrence.. Presseinfo Herbst Lectures.. Research Science.. Earth, Energy and Environment - (E³).. Scientific Programme.. Long-distance energy transport through superconducting electric lines.. Advanced concepts of concentrating solar energy systems.. Combustion of methane without CO2 emissions.. Recovery of CO sub 2 /sub for the production of methanol.. Properties of methane clathrates.. Activities.. CEPAL.. Workshops.. Gallery E3.. In the media.. TPEC - Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change.. GSF  ...   Carmona.. Falk Schmidt.. TransGov Side Event NY.. TransGov at GCRI.. Sustainable Interactions with the Atmosphere.. Air pollution and climate change in the age of urbanization.. SLCPs: Research needs and pathways to implementation.. The Chemistry of Short-Lived Climate-Warming Pollutants.. Regional Focus: A Sustainable Atmosphere for the Kathmandu Valley.. Climate engineering.. EUTRACE.. Climate Engineering: SIWA s Interdisciplinary Microcosm.. Investigation and Assessment of Geo-Engineering Approaches which influence the Composition of the Atmosphere.. Enabling Technologies for Sustainability.. Sustainable ICT Solutions.. Social and Economic Potential of CCU Technologies.. The Global Sustainability Summer School 2012.. Scientific Co-operation.. France.. Japan.. GeoGovernance cooperation..

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  • Title:  legal notice  - IASS
    Descriptive info: Impressum.. Telefon +49 331-288223-00.. © Copyright Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.. Potsdam (Deutschland).. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.. Texte, Bilder, Grafiken, Sound und Videos sowie deren Anordnung auf der Website des IASS Potsdam unterliegen dem Schutz des Urheberrechts und anderer Schutzgesetze.. Diese Website wurde mit größtmöglicher Sorgfalt zusammengestellt.. Trotzdem kann vom IASS keine  ...   werden.. Jegliche Haftung für Schäden, die direkt oder indirekt aus der Benutzung dieser Website entstehen, wird ausgeschlossen, soweit diese nicht auf Vorsatz oder grober Fahrlässigkeit beruhen.. Wenn wir auf Internetseiten Dritter verweisen (Links), übernimmt das IASS keine Verantwortung für die Inhalte der verlinkten Seite.. © Copyright Fotos Header: Code of Practice Architects..

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  • Title:  Startseite  - IASS
    Descriptive info: Kontakt.. English.. Startseite.. Aktuelles.. Institut.. Forschung & Wissenschaft.. Willkommen beim IASS Potsdam - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.. Die Anregung des Nobelpreisträger-Symposiums Global Sustainability A Nobel Cause und die Aufforderung durch die Bundesregierung beim nachfolgenden Klimaforschungsgipfel im Oktober 2007 aufgreifend, hat die Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen ein Konzept zur Schaffung eines interdisziplinären, interaktiven und internationalen Elite-Instituts für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung erarbeitet (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies - IASS).. Dieses Institut soll anspruchsvolle und neuartige Ansätze zu hochrelevanten Nachhaltigkeitsthemen wie Klimastabilität, Energiesicherheit, Ressourceneffizienz, umwelt- und sozialverträgliche Wirtschaftsdynamik, Koevolution urbaner und ruraler Räume und nachhaltige technologische Entwicklungen erschließen.. Zudem soll das IASS einen zentralen Beitrag zur Entwicklung einer nationalen Forschungsstrategie zum Klimaschutz leisten und sich mit der ökologischen, ökonomischen und gesellschaftspolitischen Dimensionen einer auf Nachhaltigkeit ausgerichteten Klima- und  ...   Berlin) ist online:.. DAS NEUESTE.. Global Sustainability Summer School 2012 von IASS, PIK und Santa Fe Institute beginnt.. Mehr.. Das Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies auf dem UN-Weltgipfel Rio+20.. IASS lädt zur Rohstoff-Expedition auf Ausstellungsschiff MS Wissenschaft.. ANHÖRUNG ENERGIEWENDE.. Energiewende: Wo stehen wir? Was ist zu tun?.. Experten diskutierten am 28.. Juni mit Klaus Töpfer (IASS), Reinhard Hüttl (acatech) und Robert Schlögl (Fritz-Haber-Institut).. Die Video-Aufzeichnung der Veranstaltung steht.. hier.. online.. KONFERENZ: THE ENERGIEWENDE - IS THERE A NORDIC WAY?.. Das IASS und die Nordischen Botschaften veranstalten.. The Energiewende - is there a Nordic Way?.. , eine Konferenz mit geladenen Experten über eine nachhaltige Energieversorgung.. (15.. und 16.. Oktober, Berlin).. FORSCHUNGS-CLUSTER.. Globaler Gesellschaftsvertrag für Nachhaltigkeit.. Erdsystem, Energie und Umwelt.. Nachhaltige Interaktionen mit der Atmosphäre.. Seite empfehlen..

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  • Title:  News and Events  - IASS
    Descriptive info: Energiewende Public Hearing.. A public hearing of experts for the Energiewende on June 28th in Berlin.. Pfoto: Raum11/Zappner.. One year after Germany s resolution to a complete reformation of energy generation, storage and supply, a complexity of questions have arisen.. At a public hearing in Berlin on June 28th, experts and former members of Germany s Ethics Commission initiated a dialogue process to examine the scientific, technological and social requirements and ramifications of the.. Energiewende.. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the IASS and former co-chairman of the Ethics Commission Secure Energy Supply.. Reinhard Hüttl, President of the National Academy of Technology and Science and former member of the Ethics Commission, and Robert Schlögl, Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, opened questions to participating experts from the scientific, economic, academic, social and industrial sectors.. The experts took up questions throughout the day, discussing them with insight from transdisciplinary standpoints: How far has the.. come? What opportunities are offered to us by the sustainable reformation of our energy system? What technological requirements must we fulfill, and what scientific breakthroughs can we achieve? What will it cost? The hearing s examination of such questions in turn opened further questions that are hoped to ultimately shape the course to be taken, with the conclusions that emerged offering a sound basis for the next hearing.. Recognizing the tantamount significance of science, together with the communal effort between all societal actors and science, the hearing appealed for interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity between the natural and social sciences together with the humanities.. Kathrin Goldammer, Transcisciplinary Panel on the Energy Change project leader confirms:.. Science plays an important role in the challenges we face concerning the.. in asking the right questions as well as answering them.. Additionally.. the support of German citizens was seen by hearing exports as crucial in achieving the goals of the Energiewende.. Despite negative representation in the media, society still perceives the transformation process as positive.. The consequent question would then be: how to organize the trust of diverse stakeholders in the process.. To enlighten a course of action into the next stages of energy-system reformation, a communally-formulated roadmap is required, and this will require a consensus of basic concepts.. The hearing concluded with the unanimous agreement that similar hearings should be organized at regular intervals to accompany us through transformative stages.. Link to video.. Participating experts:.. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Wissenschaftliche Geschäftsführerin, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB).. Sibylle Günter, Wissenschaftliche Leiterin, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik.. Ulf Gehrckens, Senior Vice President Corporate Energy Affairs, Aurubis AG.. Jan Wollesen, Leiter Energieeffizienz, REWE Group.. Tobias Münchmeyer, Stellvertretender Leiter der Politischen Vertretung, Greenpeace e.. , Berlin.. Lucia A.. Reisch, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management Copenhagen Business School, Kopenhagen (DK) und Mitglied des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung.. Ortwin Renn, Abteilung für Technik- und Umweltsoziologie des Instituts für Sozialwissenschaften an der Universität Stuttgart.. Peter M.. Herzig, Direktor, GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel.. Britta Buchholz, Leiterin Business Development Smart Grids Central Europe, ABB AG.. Milan Nitzschke, Vice-President und Konzernsprecher, SolarWorld AG.. Alf Henryk Wulf, Vorstandvorsitzender ALSTOM Deutschland AG, Mannheim.. Leonhard Birnbaum, Vorstand, Kommerzielle Steuerung (CCO), RWE AG.. Peter Biesenbach, Direktor, Leiter Zentralabteilung Außenangelegenheiten, Regierungs- und Politikbeziehungen, Robert Bosch GmbH.. Ines Zenke, Fachanwältin für Verwaltungsrecht und Partnerin der auf Energiefragen spezialisierten Sozietät Becker Büttner Held.. Ewald Woste, Vorstandsvorsitzender, Thüga AG und Präsident des Bundesverbandes der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW).. Hans-Joachim Ziesing, Geschäftsführer, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen e.. und Mitglied der Kommission zum Monitoring-Prozess Energie der Zukunft.. Christoph Bals, Politischer Geschäftsführer, Germanwatch e.. IASS Resource Expedition on the MS Wissenschaft.. Wilfried Kraus of BMBF and Federal Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan.. Photo: IASS.. 30.. Mai 2012.. The exhibition ship.. MS Wissenschaft.. Future-Project Earth was launched on a tour through 36 cities in Germany and Austria on May 30th.. The ship, a 2012 year of science project by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, offers school children and families a fascinating glimpse into sustainable development research.. The onboard gallery included a contribution by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).. In collaboration with the Wupertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, the IASS presented Expedition Resource, an installation that draws observers attention to the issue of the enormous amount of recyclable material contained in cell phones.. Federal Minister of Research Prof.. Annette Schavan launched the.. , a converted freight transport ship offering an exhibition surface of about 600 square meters.. She then viewed Expedition Resource herself.. The installation vivifies the valuable resources contained within the individual parts of a cell phone, the origin of each material, and how the materials can be recycled.. Dealing with cell phones in a more sustainable way is necessary; after all, around 83 million of them are lying unused in Germany s desk drawers.. Expedition Resource was conceived by the IASS platform Enabling Technologies for Sustainability, together with the Wuppertal Institute.. It presents one aspect of the research and communication project examining the recovery and use of used mobile phones, within the framework of Year of Science 2012 Future Project Earth.. Further information:.. ms-wissenschaft.. IASS signs Agreement with Italian National Research Council.. Signing ceremony in the Italian embassy, Berlin: Maria Cristina Messa, Francesco Profumo, and Michele Valensise; Klaus Töpfer, Carlo Rubbia, and Mark Lawrence.. Photos: Bernadelli/IASS.. Potsdam, May 11, 2012.. The Italian Ambassador in Berlin, Michele Valensise, hosted the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement between the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the IASS in the presence of the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research Prof.. Francesco Profumo, who was visiting the German capital.. The agreement, whose idea was conceived on the sidelines of the meeting of the leading Italian scientists in the world held recently by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and co-chaired by Minister Profumo in Rome, was finalized in a very short time and signed by the Vice President of CNR Prof.. Maria Cristina Messa and by the three Directors of IASS.. It foresees the implementation of joint projects for sustainable development that will be elaborated by working groups of the two institutions.. The priority areas of cooperation will cover renewable energy, climate change and environmental protection.. Minister Profumo expressed deep appreciation for the signing of the agreement and the hope to strengthen cooperation in science between the institutions of both Countries as well as at European level, also in view of the joint participation of Italy and Germany to the European Research Programme Horizon 2020.. News by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy.. News by ANSA.. More about the National Research Council (CNR).. IASS Scientific Director PD Dr.. Mark Lawrence addresses the United Nations General Assembly at its Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature.. IASS Scientific Director Mark Lawrence with ecology economist Joshua Farley at the UN General Assembly.. Photo: IASS/Screenshot UN.. Potsdam, April 18, 2012.. Mark Lawrence gave a presentation entitled The Anthropocene Humans in the Earth System as part of a panel discussion addressing the United Nations General Assembly s theme of scientific findings on how human activities are affecting the Earth system.. The interactive dialogue was held at the UN s North Lawn Building in New York in commemoration of International Mother Earth Day, as part of the UN s on-going preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next month.. Lawrence participation in the Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature marks a new development at the UN, because scientists have rarely addressed the General Assembly directly before.. Sha Zukang, Secretary General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, stated that science and technology must now serve to move us onto a more sustainable growth path that brings prosperity to all, while helping us remain an integral part of nature.. Lawrence addressed the delegates by indicating that scientists can offer guidance by informing carefully about the connections between actions and consequences to help develop a more holistic understanding of the anticipated benefits and risks of various policy options, and gave a brief overview of Earth system science and modeling in this context.. Pointing out that we are now in the geological epoch known as the anthropocene, Dr.. Lawrence indicated that one of the major future challenges will be the topic of climate engineering.. Here he broached the necessity for science to be aware of its own responsibility in research, especially while our understanding of climate engineering is still in its infancy.. We should realize that the risks involved are not only physical there are also risks for how the pursuit of these measures might influence the further development of our environmental consciousness, our understanding of our role in nature.. Lawrence appeared on the moderated panel discussion with five other experts in science and economics: Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University, Pat Mooney, executive director of the international civil society organization ETC Group, Joshua Farley, ecological economist, and Brian Czech, founder and president of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy.. Director of the IASS cluster Sustainable Interactions with the Atmosphere, Dr.. Lawrence concluded with the message that the UN should act on transdisciplinary knowledge: Finally, I d like to suggest that it will be very important to develop close interaction between researchers and stakeholders, to produce the knowledge that we need for future sustainable development.. The UN s interactive dialogue is intended to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences from multiple perspectives, with particular attention to the contribution of science and economics.. It is meant to serve a precise and accurate diagnosis of the negative impacts of human activity on the Earth System, in particular relative to its regenerative capacity; it also addresses institutional responses to catalyze science for sustainable development.. The webcast of the dialogue (in which Dr.. Lawrence s presentation begins at 55:30) is available at:.. http://www.. uncsd2012.. org/rio20/index.. php?page=view nr=840 type=13 menu=23.. TPEC chats online with staff members of international organizations: A joint project with the German Foreign Office.. Bernd Borchardt of the German Foreign Office, Kathrin Goldammer and Dolores Volkert of IASS just before welcoming online questions.. Photo: Heinzelmann/IASS.. Potsdam, April 12, 2012.. Answers to pressing energy change questions came speedily over online chat today from Dr.. Kathrin Goldammer, project manager, and Dr.. Dolores Volkert, researcher from the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change, (TPEC) in cooperation with the German Foreign Office.. The questions were posed by staff members of international organizations, such as the European Union.. The chat took place on the German Federal Government s online platform CommIO , which is overseen by the Foreign Office and has over 1300 members.. Ambassador Bernd Bordchardt sat in on the chat session as Foreign Office representative.. The Internet discussion offered Drs.. Goldammer and Volkert of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) more than a good opportunity to inform multipliers worldwide about the energy change and the research initiative TPEC.. The chat also gave them a good look into the expectations and ideas coming from outside of Germany.. Goldammer and Dr.. Volkert chatted with Germans working abroad for over an hour on energy change issues, as well as the research project launched by IASS Executive Director Prof.. Klaus Töpfer in March.. The international requirements for a secure supply of renewable energy, for example, was a matter of strong interest.. Kathrin Goldammer emphasized that the success of the energy change strongly depends on developments in Europe and worldwide.. That is why interlinking the European markets technically as well as market-economically is so significant.. What does the energy market of the future in which the renewable sources will be integrated look like? This is precisely what TPEC investigates.. The global chat participants also raised questions about other TPEC research topics.. Volkert explained that TPEC focusses on new energy sources, energy storage, energy efficiency and energy reduction.. The process involves close cooperation with partners in economics, politics and science.. For further information about the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change (TPEC).. IASS launches research initiative: Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change.. Changing energy communally: Intermediate results and ways to success is the TPEC opening event with Prof.. Klaus Töpfer and Prof.. Matthias Kleiner on March 7th in Berlin.. February 23, 2012.. The rapid, encompassing transformation of the energy system targeted by Germany s energy change will succeed only with a broad, lasting social consensus as its base.. This was the finding of Angela Merkel s ethics commission Secure Energy Supply at the end of May, 2011.. The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) is now opening its Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change (TPEC) to promote the communal energy change.. It sets its main focus on on a transdisciplinary monitoring of the energy transition.. The Panel will gather the relevant expertise in dialogue with representatives from academia, business and civil society as well as from within the framework of research projects.. At the same time, TPEC gives impetus for secure energy supply, progressive environmental and climate protection as well as the economic and social dimensions of sustainability.. The panel on energy change will open with an event in the Humboldt-Carré in Berlin on March 7, 2012.. In addition to a discussion of pending urgent challenges in the energy transition and possible solutions, the two Ethics Commission co-chairs of the Ethics Commission, Professor Klaus Töpfer (Executive Director IASS) and Professor Matthias Kleiner (President of the German Research Foundation) will further explain the role of science.. Hans-Joachim Reck (Chief Executive of the Association of Municipal Enterprises) will speak about the implementation of energy policy at the municipal and local levels.. For more information about the launch event, please contact Judith von Pogrell, E-mail: judith.. vonpogrell (at) IASS-potsdam.. Klaus Töpfer inducted into the Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame.. IASS Exekutive Director Klaus Töpfer and Narifumi Tachimoto, Director General of RIHN, in Kyoto.. Photo: RIHN.. Fabruary 14, 2012.. The Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Prof.. Klaus Töpfer, was honored in Japan on Sunday when the Kyoto government administration inducted him into its Earth Hall of Fame.. Kyoto selected Töpfer for this distinction in recognition of his many years of outstanding and path-breaking contribution and commitment to sustainability, the circular economy and environmental protection worldwide.. Lester R.. Brown, American environmental pioneer founder of the World Watch Institute and director of the Earth Policy Institute, both in Washington D.. C.. , was also honored alongside Töpfer on Sunday.. Established in 2009 to honor in perpetuity the achievements of those who have contributed to conservation of  ...   perspective can be taken to achieve a balance between the unequal states of development? Guest speakers are the economist Alberto Acosta, Ecuador, former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos Escobar, the Brazilian philosopher Cândido Mendes de Almeida and the scholar Francisco Sagasti of Peru.. The lectures will be held on four Sundays at 18:00 hours from October 9.. til December 4.. in the Kleistvilla, Berliner Str.. 130, 14467, Potsdam.. All lectures will be held in English or Spanish with simultaneous German translation.. Oct 9, 2011, 18:00:.. Alberto Acosta (Ecuador): La Naturaleza con Derechos Una propuesta de cambio civilizatorio ( Nature with Rights Towards a Change of Civilization ).. Oct 16, 2011, 18:00:.. Cândido Mendes de Almeida (Brazil): Development and Social Identity: Sustainability and Ecology.. Oct 23, 2011, 18:00:.. Francisco Sagasti (Peru): Development, knowledge and environment in the post-Baconian age: a Latin American Perspective.. Dec 4, 2011, 18:00:.. Challenges and Opportunities.. Additional lecture, Dec 9, 2011 (friday), 15:00:.. Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga (Honduras): Sustainable development in the face of today s social challenges.. Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam.. A Different Kind of Development? Perspectives from Latin America is a project by the IASS Cluster Global Contract for Sustainability, which addresses sustainability challenges through a trans-disciplinary approach, focusing on the social sciences and humanities and providing a platform for dialogue with practitioners.. Mark Lawrence appointed scientific director at IASS.. Mark G.. Lawrence.. Photo: Michael Ingenweyen.. The new institute completes its directorship / Third cluster examines the consequences of geo-engineering.. September 19, 2011.. The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, named atmospheric scientist PD Dr.. Mark Lawrence (42) scientific director.. Lawrence joins ranks alongside Executive Director Prof.. Klaus Töpfer and Scientific Director Prof.. Carlo Rubbia in October to lead the young institute.. He earned his doctorate in earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and has served as research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, since 2006.. Mark Lawrence will lead the IASS research cluster Sustainable Interactions with the Atmosphere (SIWA), which focuses on developing a sustainability-driven approach to managing human influence on the earth s atmospheric composition with negligible or controllable short and long term impact on the climate, our health and ecosystems.. His research at IASS will examine the relationship between air pollution and climate change in the age of urbanization, as well as the opportunities and risks presented by climate engineering, targeted intervention in the atmosphere s chemical and physical processes as a means of reducing climate change.. Humanity has brought about the Anthropocene era: we are a substantial force in modifying the face of the earth and the composition of the atmosphere, commented Mark Lawrence.. The general assembly of the IASS, which concentrates on sustainability development through its trans-and interdisciplinary research, chose Lawrence out of several highly qualified candidates.. Mark Lawrence is an outstanding scientist with a great deal of international renown, says executive Director Prof.. He is distinguished by the relevance and actuality of his research and the encompassing societal approach in his ideas.. The institute recognized that the current relevance of Mark Lawrence s research topics would integrate synergistically into the Potsdam science scene.. Increased attention needs to be paid to developing programs that capitalize on a closer interaction between researchers in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.. This challenging form of interaction has intrigued and driven me for the past decade and I am excited about leading such a program at the IASS focused on specific aspects of atmospheric change, stabilization and mitigation , he explains.. Alicia Bàrcena Ibarra, Executive Director of The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations (CEPAL) and Carlo Rubbia, Scientific Director of the IASS sign collaboration agreement.. photo credits courtesy of CEPAL.. By the end of July 2011.. and IASS have signed an agreement concerning sustainable development and renewable energies.. The objective is to set up a programme with joint projects of mutual interest.. Both institutions share a commitment to furthering the promotion of science and research on global sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change, new technologies and advanced training of young scientists as well as the exchange of scientific information and social dialogue in areas such as climate stability, energy security and resource efficiency.. CEPAL is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations and has its headquarters in Santiago, Chile.. The mission of CEPAL is to contribute to the economic development of Latin America; foster operations directed to its promotion and reinforce the economic relations of the countries and with other nations in the world.. This work was subsequently extended to the countries of the Caribbean with the objective to promote social development;.. In the framework of this agreement, four fellows from Chile and Brazil have already arrived at the IASS in Potsdam to join the Earth, Energy and Environment Cluster (E3).. Together with Prof.. Rubbia and his team and in collaboration with the.. Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.. (UPM-ETSII) they will work on a first project focused on the development of a concentrating solar power platform in Latin America.. CEPAL´s press release:.. IASS participation in the 7th Conference on Gas Hydrates.. The 7.. th.. International Conference on Gas Hydrates was held on July 17.. -21.. 2011 in Edinburgh.. Due to demanding energy concerns, gas hydrates come increasingly into the focus of science and industry.. The International Conference on Gas Hydrates, which is held every three years, is the principal conference on hydrates.. After Vancouver in 2008, this year s conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.. According to the newest estimates published in the conference proceedings, the amounts of natural hydrates are expected to lie in the order of 900 Gt.. For this reason, gas hydrates are discussed as potential, but still elusive unconventional energy resource.. However, owing to the vast amounts of methane stored in natural hydrates their potential impact on the global climate has to be considered.. Over 600 delegates from science and industry, including major petroleum companies, came together from all over the world to discuss and to share knowledge from all fields of hydrate research: gas hydrate fundamentals, natural gas hydrates, gas hydrates flow assurance, energy novel technologies, gas hydrate climate change and even extra-terrestrial gas hydrates.. The contributions expanded to more than 550 papers.. Altogether, 100 talks and 460 posters were presented at the conference venue the Edinburgh International Conference Centre during parallel oral and poster sessions.. A major part of the conference was dedicated to natural gas hydrates, especially hydrates in marine reservoirs.. Results of hydrate exploration along the coastal zones were reported for India, China, Korea, Japan or the United States.. In this relation, novel technologies for the production of gas from hydrates were introduced.. The first offshore production test at Eastern Nankai Trough, Japan announced for 2012 is eagerly expected.. Climate change was another important topic examined.. Several presentations dealt with the potential climate impact of hydrate dissociation due to global warming.. Additionally, the opportunity of CO2 sequestration in depleted oil reservoirs or in hydrate reservoirs combined with CH4 extraction was discussed.. Manja Luzi represented the IASS Potsdam both with a presentation and a poster in the field of fundamental hydrate research.. Her talk was entitled Systematic kinetic studies on mixed gas hydrates by Raman spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction.. The next location for the ICGH8-Hydrate Conference will be held in Beijing, China in 2014.. Carlo Rubbia congratulated by Prof.. C.. Chan, Founding President, World Electric Vehicle Association.. Carlo Rubbia giving his key note speech.. Carlo Rubbia gives key-note speech at IEEC 2011.. Mission to Zero Emissions, Zero Fossil Fuel, Zero Traffic Accident and Zero Traffic Jam.. 14th July, 2011.. Organized by the major Associations of Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea, the International Conference of Electrical Engineers, ICEE 2011, has taken place from 10th to 14th July in Hong Kong.. At the end of the Conference, representatives from each country, together with the IASS Scientific Director, Prof.. Carlo Rubbia, collaboratively signed the Hong Kong Declaration , disclosing to the public their agreement and determination for continuous research and further back-up support towards a low-carbon economy.. The overall mission of the ICEE 2011 was to exploit the concept of low-carbon economy as an emergence to tackle the problem of climate change.. More than 500 international scientists, engineers, researchers and other experts supported the conference.. Carlo Rubbia in his keynote address to the Assembly emphasized the importance of pursuing vigorously innovative research lines.. His presentation Superconductivity: From Particle Accelerators to High Power Long Distance Electricity was received with great interest by the representatives of the EE Associations of China, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong.. The ICEE 2011 focussed on smart and low carbon electrical engineering and the international panelists discussed the following major topics:.. Energy choices to achieve low-carbon economy.. The introduction of electric vehicles in Asian cities.. Railways as a smart and green transportation system.. Carlo Rubbia receives Honorary Degree from China University of Mining and Technology.. Rubbia receives Honorary Degree by the President of CUMT, Prof.. GE Shirong.. During his recent visit to China Prof.. Rubbia received the Honorary Degree from the University of Mining and Technology for his outstanding contributions to science and technology worldwide.. Founded in 1909, CUMT is the oldest higher learning institution in the Country with a focus on mining engineering and it continues to receive much attention and support from leaders of the Central Government (.. http://eng.. cumt.. edu.. cn/).. Following the Ceremony Prof.. Rubbia gave a Nobel Laureate Distinguished Lecture on Innovation in the Future of Energy in which he also highlighted some of the main programmes conducted at the IASS.. CUMT currently has 15 schools and departments with 46 undergraduate specialties, 48 graduate programs and 8 research stations for post-doctoral graduates.. The total student body is 30,624 among whom 19,416 are undergraduate students, 2,208 graduate and doctorate students.. The main campus in Xuzhou hosts more than 3,000 staff with over 1,400 full-time academics, 230 professors and 333 associate professors.. More than 60,000 students have graduated from the school.. Among 3,845 faculty and staff members, 1245 are full-time teachers.. There are 5 academicians of China Academy of Engineering, 95 doctorate graduate supervisors, over 700 full professors and associate professors.. Since its inception, CUMT has produced more than 100,000 graduates, among which 10 are top-level academicians in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Engineering, and 20 are ministers and provincial governors.. With the development of the university, CUMT has continually opened up new areas for international academic exchanges and cooperation, establishing co-operational and exchange agreements and relations with dozens of universities and research organizations from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and other countries.. Since 1990, the university has been awarded 18 prizes in terms of the three national prizes, namely the National Natural Science, the National Invention, and the National Science Technology Prizes, thus ranking at the advanced level of the universities in China.. Now the school has undertaken more than 500 scientific programs and projects at national, provincial and ministerial levels, demonstrating its strong academic and research power.. Töpfer awarded Kulturpreis 2010.. Klaus Töpfer has been awarded the Deutscher Kulturpreis 2010.. Read more (in German).. A Nobel Jury: Planet Earth vs.. Humanity - Prof.. Carlo Rubbia at the Third Nobel Global Symposium in Stockholm.. The third Nobel Laureate Symposium, which follows from previous meetings in Potsdam and London, has taken place at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm - 16th - 19th May 2011.. Werner Arber, Prof.. Peter C.. Doherty, Prof.. Mario Molina, Prof.. Carlo Rubbia and Sir James Mirrlees Credits: Nobel Laureate Symposium/KV/Stefan Nilsson.. Nobel Laureates and other world experts have convened in Stockholm to tackle the challenges of climate change and poverty that threaten global sustainability.. The Symposium was openend by a Nobel Laureates Jury for a Trial of Humanity.. In particular, the Jury, which was constituted by Prof.. Werner Arber.. ,.. Doherty.. Mario Molina, Sir James Mirrlees.. and.. concluded that humans are now the most significant driver of global change and that our collective actions could have abrupt and irreversible consequences for human communities and ecosystems.. The verdict has been incorporated into the Stockholm Memorandum: Tipping the Scales towards Sustainability.. The Nobel Laureates Jury preparing the verdict.. Credits: Nobel Laureate Symposium/KVA/Stefan Nilsson.. Carlo Rubbia signing the Stockholm memorandum.. For more information about the Nobel Global Symposium 2011.. International Brainstorming Workshop on the future of long-distance high-power electric transmission.. The international workshop participants grouping in the garden of the Institute.. Picture: Andreas Franke - panabild.. Transporting Tens of Gigawatts of Green Power to the Market.. International Brainstorming Workshop on the future of long-distance high-power electric transmission (Superconducting DC lines) was held on May 12th-13th 2011 in Potsdam.. Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal and tidal power, are increasingly becoming more widely available in many parts of the world.. Following the recent accident in Japan, the proposals to reduce nuclear power will make the development of renewable energy even more of a priority.. As renewable energy sources will be located where suitable conditions (solar radiation, wind) are available, the generated energy will have to be transported over long distances, up to several thousands of kilometres.. Over 40 international experts from academia, research institutions and industry came together in Potsdam on the invitation of the IASS Scientific Director, Prof.. Carlo Rubbia, to discuss the survey of the present status and perspectives of long-distance energy transport through superconducting electric lines.. German press release about this from Industrieverband Supraleitung.. An Appeal to fight against Climate Change is launched by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.. In a conference with more than 24 international experts, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences recently expressed concern on the situation of climate change and warned the international political decision makers to invest more in renewable technologies.. IASS Scientific Director and Nobel Laureate, Prof.. Carlo Rubbia, a long standing member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, participated in the Meeting.. Here, you can read more.. (only available in German).. More News and Events:.. Carlo Rubbia: BBC Interview on Thorium.. Carlo Rubbia: The New Safe Reactors - Only Cosmetic Changes.. Klaus Töpfer: Prosperity without nuclear energy is possible.. TransGov Rio+20 Side Event.. Inaugurational conference at Centro de Excelencia Internacional (CEI) in Madrid by Prof.. IASS is ranked Best New Think Tank.. Panel discussion Science for Sustainable Societal Transformations: Towards Effective Governance.. Klaus Töpfer receives Chinese Science Award.. IASS Annual Reception..

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  • Title:  About us...  - IASS
    Descriptive info: The IASS in Potsdam will devote itself to promoting at international level interdisciplinary science and research for global sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change, the earth system and the development of new technologies.. The Institute aims at exploring new paths, encouraging lateral thinking and scientific excellence.. It will analyze existing knowledge, generate new ideas and develop strategically relevant fields of research to further the understanding of climate change and the earth system.. The IASS will build a  ...   place.. It will draw on the expertise and innovation potential of qualified fellows ranging from outstanding young scientists at the beginning of their careers to Nobel Laureates and strive for scientific exchange at the highest international level.. In establishing a network with high-level national and international research institutions, the IASS is collaborating with the.. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).. and the.. German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).. , as an integral part of the Potsdam scientific community..

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  • Title:  Research & Science  - IASS
    Descriptive info: The IASS Research Programme (project description).. The sustainability research programme at IASS is organized around three main thematic clusters:.. Earth Energy and the Environment.. Sustainable Interactions with the Atmosphere.. Global Contract for Sustainability.. An additional research entity examines sustainable technologies and interfaces closely with the inquires of the three clusters:..

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  • Title:  The Global Sustainability Summer School 2012  - IASS
    Descriptive info: The Global Sustainability Summer School 2012 opens.. The Global Sustainability Summerschool School participants in the IASS garden.. World spearheading climate scientists convene in Potsdam today to contribute their knowledge to 35 young, international up-and-coming researchers and practitioners.. Over the next two weeks, they will focus on confronting the risks of climate warming in the face of uncertainties and extreme events.. This is the.. Global Sustainability Summer School 2012.. (GSSS), an intensive professional development course for specialists, organized jointly between the.. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.. (PIK), the I.. nstitute for Advanced Sustainability Studies.. (IASS) and the.. Santa Fe Institute.. (SFI) in New Mexico.. The GSSS is made possible by the generous support of the Robert Bosch Foundation.. The 35 participants, coming from universities, government institutions and associations in countries such as Great Britain, India, Iran, China and Mexico, have already distinguished themselves through demonstrated excellence in their respective fields.. Progressive climate change can cause extreme events such as heat waves and  ...   Höppe of the world s largest reinsurance firm Munich Re will lend their insights to the intensive summer course.. At the core of the tightly-packed, two-week program lie the lectures given by directors from the two Potsdam institutes.. For PIK, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber will speak on the great transformation to sustainability and Ottmar Edenhofer about managing global common-pool resources, such as the atmosphere.. From the IASS, Klaus Töpfer will talk about the German Energiewende, and Mark Lawrence about geo-engineering the deliberate, large-scale interference in the Earth's climate system.. Seminars on computer simulation of the climate system, strategy-plan games and an acting workshop are also on the program.. An open-podium discussion on the topic.. Geo-engineering blessing or curse?.. highlights the GSSS, featuring speakers Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Mark Lawrence, Ken Caldeira and philosophy professor Konrad Ott of the University of Greifswald on July 11th at 20:00 o'clock in the Robert Bosch Foundation in Berlin.. You may register for the podium discussion at:.. http://gsss-potsdam.. org/..

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  • Title:  IASS bei Rio+20  - IASS
    Descriptive info: IASS bei Rio+20.. IASS present at the Rio+20 world summit.. The Institute for Sustainability Studies advocates Global Soil Week at the UN s conference in Rio de Janeiro jointly with partners.. Executive Director Dr.. Klaus Töpfer participates in high-level group for sustainable forestry yesterday.. Rio+20 Secretary-General Sha Zukang s petition to participants: come ready to commit to the UN world summit Rio+20 (June 20 June 22, 2012) and its preparatory conferences is long affirmed by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).. The institute s Prof.. Klaus Töpfer arrived early to highlight sustainable soil and forest management.. At the high-level Sustainable Development Dialogue on Forest, held on June17th, Töpfer discussed recommendations for sustainably managing forests.. These recommendations will be voted in by Heads  ...   the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification the IASS is promoting the Global Soil Week 2012 (.. ).. Organized to take place in Berlin from November 18-22, 2012, Global Soil Week will be announced at two side events in Rio as a core element in the post-Rio+20 process directed towards sustainable land and soil management.. For further information:.. document.. The first of these side events, Securing Healthy Soils and Stopping Land Degradation: Outcomes for Rio+20, will take place on June 17 from 10:30 19:00 hours.. Details.. The second side event, Goals for Healthy Soils and the Role of the Global Soil Partnership will take place during the high-level segment of the conference on June 20th from 19:00 20:30.. Additional information can be obtained.. here..

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  • Title:  Energiewende  - IASS
    Descriptive info: Aufzeichnung der Experten-Anhörung am 28.. Juni 2012 in Berlin.. Themenbock 1: Preise und Kosten, Erträge und Chancen der Energiewende.. Themenblock 2: Infrastruktur: Stromerzeugung, Netze, Speicher und Verbrauch und Abschlussrunde.. Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung des Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) mit.. acatech Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften und der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.. Programm.. 9.. 15 12.. 00.. Themenblock 1 Preise und Kosten, Erträge und Chancen der Energiewende.. 12.. 45 - 15.. 30.. Themenblock 2 Infrastruktur: Stromerzeugung, Netze, Speicher und Verbrauch.. 15.. 30 - 16.. Abschlussrunde mit Prof.. Klaus Töpfer (IASS),.. Reinhard Hüttl (acatech) und.. Robert Schlögl (Fritz-Haber-Institut).. iass-potsdam.. plattform-energiewende..

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