Dahrendorf Symposium 2013: “Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change”



Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin, Germany


14th & 15th November, 2013

Event Description

How successful is Europe in fighting climate change? Can it live up to its role as an international pioneer? What challenges will Europe and its member states face in the future?

On 14 and 15 November 2013 in parallel with the international climate conference in Warsaw leading experts from academia, politics, and industry will meet for the Dahrendorf Symposium 2013 to add fresh impetus to the European climate debate.

Speakers, among others, include:

  • EU Commissioners Connie Hedegaard and Gunther Oettinger;
  • Former Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti;
  • German politicians Cem Ozdemir and Norbert Rottgen;
  • Member of the British House of Lords Lord William Wallace of Saltaire;
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK);
  • Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel of UNEP.

This year's Dahrendorf Symposium explores the theme "Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change".

Five international and interdisciplinary teams of researchers have been working for over one year in London and Berlin on the topics:

  • "Infrastructure and Climate Change" (Felix Creutzig, MCC Berlin);
  • "Governance and Policy Aspects of Climate Change" (Claudia Kemfert, DIW Berlin/Hertie School, and Karsten Neuhoff, DIW Berlin);
  • "Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change" (Conor Gearty, LSE);
  • "Economics and Climate Change" (Luca Taschini, LSE Grantham Institute);
  • "Europe and the World" (Helmut K. Anheier, Hertie School, and Odd Arne Westad, LSE).

The range of topics that will be discussed and contrasted with new research results includes:

  • The reform of international negotiation standards and legal framework;
  • Europe's strategy for climate protection after "Europe 2020";
  • The potential of Europe's cities as drivers of climate friendly behaviour;
  • New mechanisms of taxation and funding that could benefit economic growth as well as climate protection.


Twitter: @Dahrendorf_Sym / #DSym2013

About the Organiser

The Dahrendorf Symposium, which is hosted every two years, is taking place in Berlin. Founded in 2011 in the spirit of Lord Ralf Dahrendorf, it aims to challenge entrenched patterns of thought and argument on the future of Europe and to add fresh impetus to the European debate.

The Symposium is a joint initiative of the Hertie School of Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science and Stiftung Mercator.

The symposium will be opened by the initiators Helmut K. Anheier, Dean of the Hertie School of Governance, Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, Bernhard Lorentz, President and CEO of Stiftung Mercator, and Lady Christiane Dahrendorf.


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