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.

“Climate and Cities 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.


Program Committee

Felix Creutzig, Berlin, Germany

Richard Dawson, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Shobhakar Dhakal, Pathumthani, Thailand

Efren Feliu, Bilbao, Spain

Graham Floater, London, United Kingdom

Francois Gemenne, Versailles, France

Alistair Hunt, Bath, United Kingdom

Jürgen Kropp, Potsdam, Germany

Koen de Ridder, Antwerp, Belgium

Paty Romero Lankao, Boulder, USA

Gerardo Sanchez Martinez, Bonn, Germany

John Schellnhuber, Potsdam, Germany

Alberto Terenzi, Freiburg, Germany

Annemie Wyckmans, Trondheim, Norway 


Conference Venue

The conference will be 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.


Session Organisation

The program of the conference consists of multiple topics in a broad, but clearly climate related program. However, the program committee is open for session suggestions ( If sessions are suggested the proposers are expected to chair and organise of the respective session.


Information for Authors

Abstracts should not longer than 800 words. All submitted abstracts/papers needs to be clear, authentic and follows ethical guideline of scientific publishing.

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

and more.


Important Information

Call for Abstracts 15 April - 31 May 2017
Notification of acceptance 30 June 2017
Submission of final papers  (optional) 31 August 2017
Early registration ends 31 May 2017
Registration ends 15 August 2017


Conference fee:

Early registration: 200 

Late registration: €250

Student registration: 100 


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.