- Democratic Anthropocene
- Narratives and Images of Sustainability
- Implementing the Paris Agreement - Overcoming Barriers and Identifying Drivers for Effective Climate Governance
- Futurisation of Politics
- Governance and Participation
- Co-Creation and Contemporary Policy Advice
- Ocean Governance
- COST Action on "Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options, and the Role of Science"
- Potsdam Summer School
- Deep Seabed Mining - Test Mining and Fair Benefit Sharing
- Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas (STRONG High Seas)
- Science Platform Sustainability 2030
- Promoting Acceptance of Renewable Energies
- Pathways to Sustainable Energy
- Socially Sustainable Energy Transition
- Digitalisation and Impacts on Sustainability
- Decarbonisation of the Energy System
- Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations (GloCAST)
- A Mindset for the Anthropocene (AMA)
- Global Energy Transition
- Climate Action in National and International Processes (ClimAct)
- Climate Change and Air Pollution: Research Needs and Pathways to Policy Implementation (ClimPol)
- Environmental Guidelines for German Arctic Policy: ecologically sustainable activities with high environmental standards in the Arctic
- Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate (Blue-Action)
- Mobilising the Multiple Opportunities of Renewable Energies
- Three-Dimensional Observation of Atmospheric Processes in Cities
- Green Growth and Win-Win Strategies for Sustainable Climate Action (Green-Win)
Patrizia Nanz joined the IASS as a Scientific Director in 2016 and is a Professor of Transformative Sustainability Studies at the University of Potsdam. In March 2018, she assumed the duties of Managing Scientific Director of the IASS. She conducts research on the development of enabling environments for societal transformation. Her experiments with co-creative thinking and organisation bring together people from diverse sectors, organisations, and backgrounds to develop solutions to critical challenges such as climate change. At the IASS, Professor Nanz is co-chair of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, which advises the German government with the support of a steering group of prominent figures from academia and representatives from the business community and civil society. In 2016, she co-authored Die Konsultative. Mehr Demokratie durch Bürgerbeteiligung (The Consultative. More Democracy through Citizen Participation - Klaus Wagenbach Verlag), together with Claus Leggewie, in which she called for the establishment of 'future councils' as a means to bring the oft-neglected issue of intergenerational equity into focus in public affairs and to revitalise representative democracy.
Patrizia Nanz has held a Professorship of Political Theory at the University of Bremen since 2002 and conducts research on the future of democracy. Between 2013 and 2016, she was the head of the transdisciplinary research area "Culture of Participation" at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI), where she initiated and accompanied numerous participation processes with her expertise. In 2009, she was among a group of researchers and practitioners from Harvard University who launched the wiki platform Participedia.net to document examples of democratic innovation from around the world. In the same year, she founded the European Institute for Public Participation (EIPP), which advises businesses, public authorities, and governments in various European countries.
After gaining a degree in philosophy at Munich School of Philosophy, Patrizia Nanz continued her studies under Jürgen Habermas (Frankfurt/Main) and Charles Taylor (McGill, Montreal), not least of all because they combine scholarly research with a commitment to the public good. She went on to earn her PhD with a thesis on the European public sphere at the European University Institute in Florence. A trained journalist, she worked for several years as an editor with German publishers S. Fischer Verlag and the Milan-based publishing house Feltrinelli. Patrizia Nanz is the editor of the series "Politik", published by Klaus Wagenbach Verlag.