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We are a committed and capable research partner with expertise in all aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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We connect research expertise and innovative thinking to develop solutions together with politics, business, and civil society.
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We engage in integrated research on society, technology, nature, and urban and rural spaces.
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The Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg envisions itself as a transdisciplinary center for research and knowledge transfer. Together with representatives from politics, business, and civil society, we are working to deliver the climate targets defined in the Paris Agreement.

Rethinking climate research—with knowledge transfer and a change of perspective

The risks of exceeding planetary boundaries have already been probed scientifically for decades. But there is still a dearth of the kind of comprehensive research and innovation that is needed to develop systematic solutions to protect our planet and respond to the challenges our global society faces and deliver these solutions at regional level. The Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg intends to play a key role in addressing this gap. This research and knowledge transfer network will be supported by a new Einstein Center working on climate change that will also facilitate more intense collaborative work with leading international universities. Funding for a two-year preparation module for this center was approved by Einstein Foundation Berlin in November 2021.

Projects from the ECCC network

The model region Berlin-Brandenburg

Current climatic changes are creating complex challenges for both urban and rural regions. Weather extremes like heatwaves, droughts and heavy rain are already occurring more frequently in Berlin and Brandenburg and leaving their mark on the region. The coal exit and the structural change this has brought about in Lusatia (the coal region south of Berlin) represent a major undertaking for the wider region. What specific measures can be delivered in the near future to shape climate change mitigation and adaption in the region ecologically, socially, and economically?

Who & What

The research and science scene in Berlin and Brandenburg is ideally positioned to embark on a systematic interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary analysis of climate change.
In CCC, the Climate Change Center, a joint initiative has now emerged to mobilize the vast knowledge and wide-ranging solution-oriented expertise of participating institutions.

Expertise

The Climate Change Center pursues an integrated and solution-oriented approach to transformation research with innovation as the central cross-cutting theme.

The four major competence fields —Society, Technology, Nature, Urban and Rural— serve to combine the research expertise of the participating institutions effectively. Researchers in Berlin and Brandenburg have developed a solutions triangle in a multi-step collaborative process to facilitate future interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

For further information please click on the respective solution field.

Einstein Center Climate Change

Initial interdisciplinary research projects are already being realized during the two-year preparation phase leading up to the establishment of the Einstein Center Climate Change and Public Policy of Human Settlement (ECCC). This work is flanked by transdisciplinary discourse and events in formats such as stakeholder dialogues.

NEWS and Projects from the ECCC network

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Funding

Einstein Foundation Berlin

Pilot projects will be developed at the levels of climate governance, transformation pathways, and tools for the areas of construction and transportation in the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region in 2022/2023 with funding from Einstein Foundation Berlin. The objective here will be to harness existing strengths in the fields of big data and artificial intelligence for innovative climate research and to draw on the power of experimental approaches in design, psychology and art to advance processes of technological and social transformation.

The State of Berlin

The Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg was supported in 2021 by funding from the Berlin Quality and Innovation Offensive (QIO) via the Berlin Senate Department for Higher Education and Research. It will be supported by funds from the Senate Department responsible for research in 2022/2023. Berlin’s state government has pledged the necessary funds for establishing the Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg in its current coalition agreement.

Berlin University Alliance

1 November 2019 saw the start of the Berlin University Alliance of Excellence made up of FU Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, TU Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. It is supporting the initial phase of the CCC with project funding, public relations work and marketing.

Transdisciplinary experts database

In spring 2022, we intend to launch the beta phase of an open-access database that sets out to enhance the visibility of and foster closer networking between experts from research, civil society, politics, business, and the arts on the topics of climate change, climate mitigation and climate adaptation in the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region. The first step toward this database involves registering research partners and people in participating institutions. The database will be publicly available for searches.

Would you like to discover more about our initiative by keeping up to date? Register here!

Contact

Prof. Dr. Sophia Becker
Vice President for Sustainability, Internal Communication, Transfer, and Transdisciplinarity
Representative of the speaker university of the Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg
T +49 (0)30 314-24286
M vp-nt@tu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Felix Creutzig
Head of the Department of Sustainability Economics, TU Berlin
Research Coordinator Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg
M creutzig@mcc-berlin.net

Michael Wilmes
Head of strategic projects
T +49 (0)30 314-22131
M michael.wilmes@tu-berlin.de

Dr. Anita Dame
CCC-Office, TU Berlin
Managing Director
T +49 (0)30 314-22394
M anita.dame@tu-berlin.de

Katja Lehmann
CCC-Office, TU Berlin
Coordination of Human Resources and Finances
T +49 (0)30 314-70980
M katja.lehmann@tu-berlin.de

Martina Orth
CCC-Office, TU Berlin
Speaker Einstein Center Climate Change (planned)
T +49 172 714 12 44
M martina.orth@tu-berlin.de

Berit Petzsch
CCC-Office, TU Berlin
Project Management & Communication
T +49 (0)30 314-73904
M berit.petzsch@tu-berlin.de