The open questions we have to face are:

  • What does accelerated global warming mean for us in the next ten years?
  • What changes will we face and how do we address them?
  • If we can’t stop global warming, how do we adapt?

In order to respond adequately to the coming changes and to develop solutions for a life in a 1.5°C warmer world, we need a basic understanding of the major climate-related changes and their interrelationships.

To create an awareness for the upcoming challenges that we have to face, this open online lecture series is developed on a short term basis by The Beuth University (Berlin) and the Klaipeda University (Lithuania). In cooperation with the VDI – The Association of German Engineers and the EU-CONEXUS European University for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability, high-ranking experts are invited to shed light on the various aspects of accelerated climate change.

This free and open lecture series aims to support engineers, researchers and students in gaining a basic understanding of the current situation of climate change in order to develop possible research and development approaches for our life in a 1.5°C warmer world.

To join the Online Lecture Series, you just need to open the provided link:

Lecture 1:     Tuesday | 25th May 2021 | 18:30 – 19:30

Introduction: Dieter Westerkamp, Technology and Society, VDI, Düsseldorf, Germany

Title: „Accelerated global warming“

Speaker: Volker Wittpahl,
Director of Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit), Berlin, Germany

Lecture 2:     Tuesday | 1st June 2021 | 18:30 – 19:30

Introduction: Giedrius Jokubauskis, First secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Germany, Berlin, Germany

Title: „Six Degrees of Climate Emergency“

Speaker: Mark Lynas,
Author of “Our final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency”, UK

Lecture 3:     Tuesday | 15th June 2021 | 18:30 – 19:30

Introduction: Prof. Artūras Razbadauskas, Rector of Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Title: „Global climate change and its impact on various sectors using Germany as an example“

Speaker: Andreas Walter
Central Climate Office Unit, Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), Offenbach, Germany

Lecture 4:     Tuesday | 22th June 2021 | 18:30 – 19:30

Introduction: Prof. Dr. Rima Mickevičienė, EU CONEXUS – Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Title: „Risks of climate tipping points and consequences for Europe“

Speaker: Jonathan F. Donges
Co-Leader PIK FutureLab on Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene, The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany

Lecture 5:     Tuesday | 29th June 2021 | 18:30 – 19:30

Introduction: Prof. Hermann Mohnkopf, Member of the Board and Chairman of VDI Berlin Brandenburg

Title: „Global Weather Attribution“

Speaker: Karin van der Wiel,
Researcher at The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), De Bilt, The Netherlands

Lecture 6:     Tuesday | 13th July 2021 | 18:30 – 19:30

Introduction: Prof. Silke Köhler, Vice President, Beuth University of Applied Science, Berlin, Germany

Title: „EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change“

Speaker: Elena Visnar Malinovska,
Head of Unit DG Climate Action, European Commission, Brussel, Belgium