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Future Earth German National Committee launched

Germany has replaced its National Committee on Global Change Research (NKGCF) with the German Committee Future Earth (D-FutureEarth). The German Committee Future Earth will act as a national research advisory board on global sustainability and focal point on all international issues related under the framework of Future Earth.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) appointed members last month to the new committee, which will sit from 2013-2016. Membership is drawn from both natural and social sciences, in inter- and transdisciplinary research, representing universities and non-university research institutions.

The committee aims to further develop Future Earth with Germany’s scientific community, and to identify potential sources of funding. In addition, it will provide support to German researchers in identifying societally relevant research topics through co-design, in the conceptual design of integrated research, and link German researchers in natural and social sciences and the humanities. The committee will act in an advisory capacity to the DFG for strategic international issues.

A first meeting of the committee was held in March 2013, and a conference has been scheduled for early 2014.

List of committee members:

  • 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

For more information please contact Bettina Schmalzbauer (Scientific Secretary D-FutureEarth) E-Mail: or Martin Visbeck (Chairman of DKN-FutureEarth) E-Mail: or visit

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