Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is part of the Albert Einstein Science Park and hosted in the old Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam building

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is a research institute specialising in the fields of global change, climate impact and sustainable development.



PIK was founded in 1992 by its current director, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. About 340 people work at the institute that is located on Potsdam's historic Telegrafenberg.[1] Researchers from the natural and social sciences analyze the earth system and develop strategies and solution pathways for a sustainable development.


Besides from the Federal Government of Germany, the European Commission and a number of other governments, PIK provides information to international organizations like the World Bank. With the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, PIK founded Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community)[2].

PIK scientist contribute to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), also known as the world's climate council, whose working group on the mitigation of climate change is coordinated by the institute's deputy director and chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer. In 2007, PIK initiated a biennial Nobel Laureates' Symposium[3].


  1. ^ PIK Research Portal – Organization. Web site of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Visited on August 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Climate-KIC – Academic Partners. Web site of Climate-KIC. Visited on August 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Nobel Laureates' Symposium series website


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