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Published: April 10, 2013

“German National Committee Future Earth” established

For more information please contact:

Bettina Schmalzbauer
Scientific Secretary
email:bschmalzbauer@geomar.de or

Martin Visbeck
Chairman of DKN-FutureEarth
email: mvisbeck@geomar.de

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German academics have formed a national committee for Future Earth, launched by national funding agencies in the country.  The “German Committee Future Earth” succeeds the German National Committee on Global Change Research.
The German National Committee on Global Change Research (NKGCF), an interdisciplinary committee linked to all global change programmes and launched by German Research Funding Agencies, has ended its activities and initiated the “German Committee Future Earth” (D-FutureEarth). The “German Committee Future Earth” will now serve as the successor committee to NKGCF and will act as a research advisory board and national partner on questions regarding international developments and activities within the framework of Future Earth. In February 2013 the German Research Foundation (DFG) appointed the following committee members with backgrounds in research areas relevant to Future Earth science:

    Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, KIT-ITAS, Karlsruhe
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht, PIK, Potsdam
    Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel, Ifo Institute, Munich
    Prof. Dr. Christiane Schmullius, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena
    Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR, Kiel (Chair)
    Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters, Justus Liebig University, Giessen

The members are experts from the natural and social sciences, in inter- and transdisciplinary research and represent different universities and non-university research institutions. During the first mandate period (2013 – 2016) one of the main tasks of the committee will be to further develop Future Earth with the help of the German community and to identify German contributions and interests. The “German Committee Future Earth” will also support German researchers to identify societally relevant research topics by co-designing research (the dialogue between science, society and research funders), provide support for the German community in the conceptual design of integrated research, and link the different German researchers in natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. In addition the “German Committee Future Earth” will act as an advisory board to the DFG for strategic international issues in Future Earth.

In March, 2013 the “German Committee Future Earth” held its first meeting and decided to start initial activities soon. For instance, the committee is planning the next conference for beginning of 2014 to discuss the developments of Future Earth together with the German community.

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