Headline: Forums: Science, Policy, Society

"Forums: Science, Policy, Society" is a cross-sectional research area with a particular focus on supporting the IASS' mission by facilitating dialogue between science, policy-makers, and civil society actors. This research area addresses topics of strategic importance, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, as well as providing other research areas at the IASS with forums to build connectivity across science, policymaking and society. The dialogues fostered through these instruments are integral to the mission of the IASS. All of the research groups associated with this area perform research of a transformative nature, with their findings contributing to research across the Institute and flowing from the IASS into processes of transformation towards sustainability. Their findings are based on research focussed squarely on transformations, complementing research conducted across the other five areas in line with the Institute's mission. Forums: Science, Policy, Society works closely with IASS Fellows and this cooperation contributes to the area's strategic goals. The research area touches explicitly on the various levels at which transformations towards sustainability occur: global, national, local. The research area has ties to all of the major actors contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Germany and abroad. It is also building a strategic network of relevant partners within science and the political sphere that are working on climate issues at the intersection of climate and air quality. "Forums: Science, Policy, Society" is an instrument for strategic cooperation, both within science and with actors in politics and society. Currently comprising the research groups "Science Platform Sustainability 2030", "International Dialogues for Pathways to Sustainable Futures" as well as "Climate Action in National and International Processes" and "Sustainability Platform Brandenburg", this area integrates key actors from the fields of sustainability and climate research and practice into the Institute's activities.


IASS Research on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Dossier

By endorsing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community signalled its continued commitment to dealing with global challenges as a collective. The Agenda provides a blueprint for reconciling economic growth with social justice and environmental sustainability.

IASS Policy Brief

Climate Protection and Clean Air: An Integrated Approach

From 23 – 25 September 2019, heads of government from around the world will convene at the United Nations’ General Assembly to discuss efforts to advance climate action and global sustainable development. The summit aims to boost national ambitions to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and will review the implementation of measures relating to the Sustainable Development Goals. The relationship between air pollution and climate change plays an important role in this context, and is the subject of a new IASS Policy Brief titled “A Practical Approach to Integrating Climate and Air Quality Policy”.

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Potsdam Summer School 2019

Connecting Science and Society

How can scientific insights be integrated more effectively into society? This year’s Potsdam Summer School (PSS) will explore the role of science communication from 20 to 29 August. In what ways and via which channels can topics related to sustainability and global change be effectively communicated?

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Blog Posts

K3 Kongress

Outrage vs. Empathy – a Culture Clash in Climate Communication?

“We need to start by telling people they are awesome.” This was one of the central messages from climate communications expert George Marshall in his opening keynote at K3: Kongress zu Klimawandel Kommunikation und Gesellschaft, the German-language congress on climate communication that took place this September in Karlsruhe. As in: we have to accept people for who they are, listen to them, and frame climate action in terms that align with their values.

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