Cities and Climate Conference 2017

19-21 September 2017, Potsdam (Germany)

Cities are one major focal point of human culture, the global population further consolidates into cities and in parallel they are major emitters and therefore a relevant component of the global climate problem. While cities are characterised by an overwhelming complexity they are also threatened by climate impacts. Thus, it is a challenge to develop cities into entities, which consume fewer resources, emit less CO2 and pollution, be more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and be more sustainable in general.

However, there are potential synergies and conflicts in the objectives of mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability strategies. These are no more vivid than in urban areas, where they play out through land use, infrastructure systems, and the built environment.

This conference will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives. Invited speakers will complement the conference program.

Cities and Climate Conference 2017” is the final conference of the RAMSES project and open to submissions from all relevant fields. RAMSES stands for Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for citiES. Science for cities in transition.


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Conference Proceedings (in preparation)

Title: “The cities and climate change complex” - Proceedings of the Cities and Climate Change Conference held in Potsdam 2017

Publisher: Springer

Short description:

The 21st century is considered the century of the city. Many regions in the world exhibit extreme urbanization and in view of ongoing population growth, cities for billions of people will need to be built. This mega-trend coincides with another challenge - namely climate change. Often cities are blamed responsible for a large contribution to the global CO2 emissions but could also represent a solution. In any case, due to their high densities of people and assets, it needs to be foreseen that they are particularly affected by the consequences of climate change. The collection in hand elaborates on the cities and climate change complex and sheds light on the interwoven aspects around urban climate, impacts & adaptation in cities, climate change mitigation, public health, planning, governance, and decision making. It is a unique collection of scientific approaches disentangling the complex interplay between cities and climate change.


  1. The envisioned book will be an extensive collection of scientific contributions addressing cities in the climate change context.
  2. It will be unique in its interdisciplinary, combining work from such diverse fields like climate modelling, urban economics, planning, city science, etc.
  3. Brings together international researcher, including developing and transition countries.


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Program Committee

Felix Creutzig
Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
Berlin, Germany

Richard Dawson
Newcastle University, Institute for Sustainability
Newcastle, United Kingdom

Shobhakar Dhakal
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Pathumthani, Thailand

Efren Feliu
Tecnalia Research & Innovation - Energy and Environment
Bilbao, Spain

Katja Firus
T6 Ecosystems srl
Rome, Italy

Francois Gemenne
Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Versailles, France

Alistair Hunt,
University of Bath
Bath, United Kingdom

Juergen Kropp,
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Potsdam, Germany

Koen de Ridder,
Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
Antwerp, Belgium

Philipp Rode
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 
London, United Kingdom

Paty Romero Lankao,
National Center for Atmospheric Reasearch (NCAR)
Boulder, USA

Gerardo Sanchez Martinez
WHO Regional Office for Europe
Bonn, Germany

John Schellnhuber, Potsdam, Germany
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Potsdam, Germany

Alberto Terenzi
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Freiburg, Germany

Annemie Wyckmans
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Trondheim, Norway


List of topics

  • Climate Impacts on Cities
  • Sustainable Urban Futures
  • Urban Climate Modelling
  • Cities as Driver of Climate Change
  • Urban Transitions and Transformations
  • Urban Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Sustainable Urban Governance and Policies
  • Climate and Health Effects in Cities


Conference Venue

The conference was held in Potsdam at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) which is located on the Albert Einstein Research Campus Potsdam, Germany ( The conference venue is not far from Potsdam city centre, very close to the famous historical sights and monuments, and approx. 35 km from Germany's capital - Berlin centre, which is easily accessible via local transport after a 30min ride. A list of suggested accommodations, close to the conference venue, you may find below.




Important Information

Call for Abstracts 15 April - 25 June 2017
Notification of acceptance 15 July 2017
Early registration ends 15 July 2017
Registration ends 18 August 2017



Local Organising Committee

Diego Rybski

Christiane Walter

Jürgen P. Kropp

Ephraim Broschkowski


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Europe The work leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No. 308497
Project RAMSES - Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities.