The Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg envisions itself as a transdisciplinary center for research and knowledge transfer. Together with representatives from politics, business, and civil society, we are working to deliver the climate targets defined in the Paris Agreement.
Rethinking climate research—with knowledge transfer and a change of perspective
Human health, biodiversity and natural resources like soil, water and air are global public goods that must be fundamentally safeguarded. The risks of exceeding planetary boundaries have already been explored by science for decades. But we still lack the comprehensive research and innovation needed to develop and provide systematic solutions that protect our planet and answer the challenges faced by our global society. The Climate Change Center will play a key role in addressing this gap.
Transmedial Storytelling: Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan
Professor Angelica Böhm, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, became aware of the phenomenon of “garbage patches” through her students in 2015. The immense plastic pollution of the oceans as an example of the manifold destructions of nature is in the focus of the young generation in particular.
PONDERFUL: POND Ecosystems for Resilient FUture Landscapes in a changing climate
The name says it all, given that the project is all about pond ecosystems. Studies suggest that, because of their abundance, heterogeneity, biodiversity and biogeochemical potency, ponds play an important role in mitigating the impacts of climate change.
Sustainable management of global commons
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is modeling sustainable transformation pathways to identify the best strategies for global climate protection and sustainable management of the global commons within planetary boundaries.
Food System Transitions – climate friendly and inclusive
Sustainable charging on the TU Berlin campus
Could old lithium-ion batteries be given a second life storing energy for e-bikes on the TU campus? A team of researchers at TU Berlin are working on just that in the sustainability project “Select.” Their solar-powered e-bike station serves more than research, though; it is also a climate-neutral transport solution for getting students from A to B.
Understanding threatened ecosystems better with biodiversity research
New mobility Berlin - advancing sustainable mobility together
The NEUE MOBILITÄT BERLIN (NMB) project consortium under the lead of Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft/TU Berlin has been developing constructive answers to the question of how we as city dwellers want to be out and about in our neighborhoods in the future. The transdisciplinary research and practice project develop approaches to promote more sustainable and climate-protecting forms of local mobility together with stakeholders and civil society.
The arts as partners and drivers of change
Transformative processes triggered by climate change involve more than simple adaptation—they require a fundamental rethinking of issues from society. Berlin University of the Arts is searching for new ways to engage citizens in dialog about innovation, the untapped potential of the bioeconomy, and its risks.
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The bounds of the possible in climate policy
The Kopernikus project Ariadne is concerned with gaining a better understanding of which policy instruments are necessary and suitable for achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The participating researchers at the University of Potsdam are working on issues including the macroeconomic modeling of the energy transition.
A simulator for the Earth's planetary boundaries
When will the Earth system reach the limits of its resilience? Under what circumstances will protecting the global commons become impossible? Researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research simulate and analyze planetary boundaries.
The climate crisis and heat stress: effects on health and work capacity
The model region Berlin-Brandenburg
Current climatic changes are creating complex challenges for both urban and rural regions. Weather extremes like heatwaves, droughts and heavy rain are already occurring more frequently in Berlin and Brandenburg and leaving their mark on the region. The coal exit and the structural change this has brought about in Lusatia (the coal region south of Berlin) represent a major undertaking for the wider region. What specific measures can be delivered in the near future to shape climate change mitigation and adaption in the region ecologically, socially, and economically?
The research and science scene in Berlin and Brandenburg is ideally positioned to embark on a systematic interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary analysis of climate change.
In CCC, the Climate Change Center, a joint initiative has now emerged to mobilize the vast knowledge and wide-ranging solution-oriented expertise of participating institutions.
Universities and non-university institutes
The Climate Change Center pursues an integrated and solution-oriented approach to transformation research with innovation as the central cross-cutting theme.
The four major competence fields —Society, Technology, Nature, Urban and Rural— serve to combine the research expertise of the participating institutions effectively. Researchers in Berlin and Brandenburg have developed a solutions triangle in a multi-step collaborative process to facilitate future interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.
For further information please click on the respective solution field.
You, too, can become part of our network and support our initiative for advancing climate solutions in every sphere. Benefit from the advantages open to our supporters and the chance to network with leading research institutions and climate actors in the Berlin-Brandenburg capital region. Let us shape the future together!
Ambitious climate policy
Governments around the world are severely challenged by the growing climate crisis. Together, we can be a powerful voice advocating for an ambitious implementation of the European Green Deal, robust policy decisions, an inclusive society and a crisis-proof economy.
Innovation and strategic foresight
Comprehensive climate solutions that will already make an impact in the 2020s can only be developed and realized in close partnership between research, politics, business, and civil society. You can make an active contribution to this transformative process and foster innovation and future-oriented research.
Up-and-coming talent and first-class minds
Climate change is an existential global challenge that can only be tackled with the help of the best minds. We foster the development of current and future generations of climate experts embedded in networks and trained to bridge boundaries between research fields and disciplines.
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Enterprise sponsors, foundations and individual donors
Endowed professorships funded for a time-limited period can establish and extend new research fields in solution-oriented climate research in Berlin and Brandenburg in a highly targeted fashion.
Project funding and transfer funding
Project and transfer funding can be used to support research groups flexibly, for example by funding necessary equipment or funding positions for research staff or visiting researchers.
Upskilling and sabbaticals
Sabbaticals foster permeability between research, business, politics, and civil society. Funding for visiting professors and visiting lecturers makes it possible for staff from enterprises to participate directly in the work carried out by CCC.
Non-university research institutions can avail of the opportunity to fill a professorship in a climate research topic that involves research and teaching at CCC while also being linked to a position at the non-university partner institution.
Fostering young talent collaboratively
Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary training in the CCC solution areas will be provided to students, doctoral researchers, and postdocs at CCC and they will gain the competences they need to undertake tasks in application-oriented climate research.
Joint labs allow core facilities to be shared. Using joint labs to investigate resource-intensive research topics can create bridges between research and teaching at CCC and partner institutions.
Funding is collected in the form of donations. Donors can earmark donations for use in a specific project or by a specific chair or make general donations. These funds can be deployed flexibly to support research, but also networking beyond the academic context, research and science communication, and exchanges between research and society.
Einstein Foundation Berlin
It is envisaged that the establishment of the CCC will be supported by Einstein Foundation Berlin, which rewards cutting-edge research and individual dedication to science with its Einstein Centers funding format. Every privately donated euro will be matched by a donation of at least 50 cents from the Matching Funds of the State of Berlin. For more information,
Berlin University Alliance
On 1 November 2019, Berlin University Alliance was launched as an Alliance of Excellence comprised of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. It is supporting CCC in its initial phase with project funding, public relations work and marketing. For more information,