Climate 2008: the online climate conference

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 11 July 2008



(2008), "Climate 2008: the online climate conference", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 9 No. 3.



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Climate 2008: the online climate conference

Article Type: News from the net From: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Volume 9, Issue 3

In the history of science there have been only a few issues which have mobilized the attention of scientists and policy-makers alike as the issue of climate change currently does. Although the subject matter of climate change is regarded as a critical issue and sound scientific knowledge is needed in order to address the problem in a holistic way, there is a paucity of events focusing on the different aspects of climate change. Therefore, an internet-based (and therefore largely CO2-neutral) scientific event concerned with approaches, methods, strategies, and other types of action needed in order to cope with the challenge of climate change, is a welcome development. It is on the basis of this perceived need that the on-line Conference “Climate 2008/Klima 2008” is being organised.

The event will have two tracks: one in English and one in the German language. It will be held from the 3-7 November 2008. Over the course of the event, interested participants may be able to read the papers and exchange ideas with the authors and participant experts.

The aims of the Conference “Climate 2008/ Klima 2008” are:

  • to introduce the latest findings on scientific research on climate change, including elements related to its environmental, social, economic and policy aspects;

  • to introduce projects and other initiatives being undertaken in bothindustrialised and developing countries by universities and scientific institutions, government bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders; and

  • to discuss the problems, barriers, challenges and chances and potentials related to sustainability research projects in general in Europe;

Last but not least, the “Climate 2008/ Klima 2008” will encourage more networking and information exchange among participants and hopefully catalyse new cooperation initiatives and possibly new projects. Ideas and abstracts for technical papers can be submitted by e-mail to A high-level scientific advisory board will sift them and choose the ones which will be put on the website. Members of the advisory board are, for example, scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Technical University of Delft and the EPA. Further details are available at:

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