This year’s overarching theme is ‘Climate Change – From Knowledge to Action’.

Extreme weather systems, rising sea levels, changes in ocean geo- and biochemistry, species extinction, poor air quality; the devastating impacts of climate change caused by increased levels of atmospheric CO2 are already being felt by ecosystems and societies across the planet. Now, rapid, coordinated and wide-scale action is urgently needed if complete global climate breakdown is to be avoided. But how do we move from knowledge to action?

At Helmholtz Horizons 2019 our scientists will present their innovative research and bold visions, stimulating exchange and debate to tackle the greatest challenge of our time.


The Helmholtz Horizons Symposium 2019 on ‘Climate Change – from knowledge to action’ is taking place at the Futurium in Berlin on the 6th November 2019 . Helmholtz scientists will present their cutting-edge research and bold visions in a series of inspiring and thought-provoking talks. Together we will explore the latest results and ideas concerning the causes, consequences and solutions of climate change, and engage in stimulating discussions and debate with other leaders and decision makers from the worlds of science, politics and business.

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12:00 a.m. Network & Lunch

1:00 p.m. Welcome and Greetings Otmar D. Wiestler, President Helmholtz Association

1:05 - 1:25 Keynote N.N.

1:30 - 2:15 Session I

Daniela Jacob:    A half degree matters
Richard Bamler: The Golden Age of Earth Observation from Space
Hugues Lantuit: Collapsing Arctic coastlines

2:15 - 2:35 Helmholtz Doctoral Award Ceremnoy

2:35 - 3:15 Digital Poster Session + Break

3:15 - 4:15 Session II

Peter Wasserscheid: TBA
André Thess: Carnot-Batteries for the Decarbonization of Coal-Fired Power Plants
Manuel Spannagl: The heat is on: of cereals and genome giant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mi-Yong Becker: SMART for Jordan’s Water Sector: Bringing science to implementation

4:15 - 5:00 PM Session III

Judith Hauck: #Oceans4future? The ocean in the Global Carbon Budget
Eduardo Zorita: Wildfires, climate and humans: a complex triangle
Erika von Mutius: Rural-urban gradient in asthma and allergy

5:00 - 5:25  Keynote

Ed Gerstner: Publishing the goals — averting global catastrophe with research

5:25- 5:35  Closing Remarks

Afterwards Get Together


The Helmholtz Horizons Event will take place at the FUTURIUM, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin

Conference Chair

Désirée Duray (International presenter, tv and event host)

Nature is the official partner of Helmholtz Horizons. It is the world's leading multidisciplinary science journal.

Berlin Science Week

Helmholtz Horizons participates in the Berlin Science Week from 1-10 November 2019.