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01: Climate change and what we need to do about it

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in englischer Sprache

According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from many observations. Most of the observed warming of the past 50 years is very likely due to the observed increase of anthropogenic greenhouse gases. There is strong evidence from all continents and most oceans that many natural systems are already being affected, and the projections for the coming 100 years suggest stronger impacts also for the human societies. However, the Fourth Assessment Report has pointed out that even ambitious emission reduction is technically feasible and economically affordable. The seminar will concentrate on the origin of these changes, and on the required adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Deputy-Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam Chair
Head, Climate Sciences Division, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven; Professor, University of Bremen Chair


Deputy-Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam

1987 Diplomvolkswirt (Master Degree in Economics), University of Munich (Prädikatsexamen: with distinction)
1991 B.A. Philosophy, Hochschule für Philosophie, Munich (summa cum laude)
1999 Ph.D. in economics (summa cum laude), Social Conflict and Technological Change. Evolutionary models of Energy Use Professional Experience
1981-1987 Founding of a private enterprise; several Occupations in the Public Health System
1987-1994 Member of the Jesuit Order
1991-1993 Chief of a Humanitarian Aid Organisation (Jesuit Refugee Service) in Croatia and Bosnia
1993-1994 Journalist
1994-2000 Research Assistant, Institute of Sociology, Technical University Darmstadt
2000-2005 Deputy Head of Department of Global Change and Social Systems, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
since 2003 Leads together with Herman Held the Project 'Ocean Sequestration and the Transformation of the Global Energy System' funded by the Volkswagenstiftung and the SPARK Project at PIK
since 2004 Lead-author in IPCC Working Group III, Chapter 1 and 11
Chief Scientist in IMCP (Innovation Modelling Comparison Exercise)
since 2005 Chief Economist at PIK
2005 Fellow of the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst
2006 Leads the Mitigation Part of the EU ADAM Project together with Professor Eberhard Jochem
Organiser of the International Conference 'Low Stabilisation Scenarios - Costs Technologies and Strategies', 16-17th March in Potsdam in cooperation with FEEM
2007 Member of the German Delegation in Bangkok, IPCC, WG III
since 2007 Deputy Director of PIK
2007 appointment as president of the Wuppertal Institute together with a professorship for Environmental Economics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal; appointment turned down
appointment to a professorship at the Technical University of Berlin for the chair of Economics of Climate Chance; appointment accepted

Dr. Peter LEMKE

Head, Climate Sciences Division, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven; Professor, University of Bremen

1975 Diploma (M.S.) in Physics, University of Hamburg
1975-1989 Research physicist, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg
1980 Ph.D. in Meteorology, University Hamburg
1981-1983 Visiting scientist at Princeton University (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory)
1987 Habilitation in Meteorology, University Hamburg
1989 Associate Prof. University Bremen, Head Sea Ice Group, AWI
1995 Full Prof. University Kiel, Director Mar. Meteorol. Dept, IfM
2001 Full Prof. University Bremen and Alfred-Wegener-Institut for Polar and Marine Research

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2008Plenary
15:30 - 17:00Opening speechesPlenary
17:00 - 18:30Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
18:30 - 21:00Opening receptionSocial


Seminar 01: Climate change and what we need to do about itSeminar
Seminar 02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worldsSeminar
Seminar 03: Wirtschaftsforschung und WirtschaftspolitikSeminar
Seminar 04: Geschichtliche Situationsdeutungen und historische EntscheidungenSeminar
Seminar 05: A European people? Perception and formation of European citizensSeminar
Seminar 06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgementsSeminar
Seminar 07: Security policy becoming a European issueSeminar


Seminar 08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actionsSeminar
Seminar 09: PredictabilitySeminar
Seminar 10: Public opinion, opinion research and political decision-makingSeminar
Seminar 11: Transatlantic relationsSeminar
Seminar 12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of “Strong Religion”Seminar
Seminar 13: “Global Constitutional Network” – Limits and Possibilities of (Inter-)national JurisdictionsSeminar
Seminar 14: Art and perceptionSeminar


18:30 - 19:30Special Lecture: Europe – Strategic decisions for the continentPlenary


15:30 - 17:00Plenary session: Climate change and PredictabilityPlenary


17:00 - 18:30Plenary session: 40 years after the Prague SpringPlenary


15:30 - 17:00Plenary session: What has remained of 1968?Plenary