09:30 – 10:00

Coffee and registration

10:00 – 11:00

Introductory remarks

  • Dr. Camilla Bausch, Senior Management, Ecologic Institute

Keynote Addresses

  • “The future of public engagement with science in Germany” – Prof. Johannes Vogel, Ph.D, Director, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
  • “Nexus ‘Ressourcenwende’ and ‘Energiewende’ - prerequisites for a post carbon future”  – Dr. Harry Lehmann, Head of Division Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, Federal Environment Agency

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Where do we want to go?

Setting course: the macro-level perspective, how are decarbonisation strategies developed – and what contributions can be made from research?

Panel discussion with the following participants:

  • “The role of climate policy instruments at the international level“ – Michael Mehling, Executive Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR)
  • “Translating objectives into policy – insights from CECILIA2050“ – Benjamin Görlach, Head Economics and Policy Assessment, Ecologic Institute
  • "What elements make climate targets effective?" – Sabrina Schulz, Head of Berlin Office, E3G — Third Generation Environmentalism

Moderator: Matthias Duwe, Head of Climate, Ecologic Institute

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

How do we get there?

Barriers and Drivers in Society: Structural, social, and cultural dimensions in the energy transition.

Lead speaker:

  • How social innovation (em)powers transition” – Prof. Derk Loorbach, Director
    Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Erasmus University Rotterdam

With additional presentations from the following speakers: 

  • “The human factor in energy transition” – Dr. Gabriele Quinti, Laboratory of Citizenship Sciences
  • “Bringing together top-down and bottom-up approaches” – Prof. Patrizia Lombardi, Head of the Interuniversity Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino
  • “The importance of cultural values in the transition: insights from adaptation“ – Dr. Grit Martinez, Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute

Moderator: Prof. Erik Bichard, Professor in Regeneration & Sustainable Development, University of Salford

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

How we know how we are doing?

Progress in the real world: science-based monitoring and measuring achievements in the transition at different levels.


  • “Tracking transition at the European level” – Paul McAleavey, Head of Air & Climate Change Programme, European Environment Agency
  • “Performance monitoring in the covenant of mayors and at different levels of EU governance” – Dr. Silvia Rivas-Calvete, European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • “Progress at the city level: an inventory approach” – Prof. Dr. Kristine Kern, University of Potsdam and Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS)
  • “A post-carbon city index” – Max Grünig, Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute

Moderator: Anke Herold, Research Coordinator International Climate Policy, Öko Institut – Institute for Applied Ecology

17:30 – 17:45

Supporting a sustainable future

Concluding Remarks:

  • R. Andreas Kraemer, Director, Ecologic Institute


Cocktail Reception

Ecologic Institute celebrates the beginning of its 20th year

Welcoming words

  • Aaron Best, Deputy Director, Climate-KIC Germany
  • Michael Mehling, Executive Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Hey, Secretary General, German Advisory Council on the Environment