Virtual Event

Rethinking Climate Change, Sustainability and Innovation: Discussing Academic and Policy Perspectives on the Upcoming Transformation

Oct. 26, 2021 from 3:30 p.m.5 p.m.
Registration deadline Oct. 21, 2021
Past event

The European Green Deal aims to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient economy that reduces net emissions to zero by 2050 while at the same time ensuring economic growth and improving people`s health. Research and innovation are key prerequisites for tackling the challenges that come with these goals. 

In this context, it is crucial to think about climate change in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way. Likewise, a successful climate policy requires that climate and environmental protection be approached as a central cross-sectional task of government. It is imperative that ecology, economics, and social justice be looked at together. Rigorous research must provide the evidence to back new policy approaches.

The Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship Programme of the Rhine-Main Universities (RMU) and the Representation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate to the European Union cordially invite you to discuss the various perspectives and approaches to the topic with researchers in small online working groups.


Welcome address

Dr. Deniz Alkan,
Director for European and International Affairs; State Chancellery Rhineland-Palatinate

Professor Stefan Müller-Stach,
Vice-President for Research and Research Careers, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Small online working groups

Participating professors:

from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz:
Petra Ahrweiler (
Sociology of Technology and Innovation),
Eva Maria Griebeler (Ecology and Evolution)
Volkmar Wirth (Theoretical Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics); 

from the Goethe University Frankfurt:
Joachim Curtius (
Experimental Atmospheric Research), and

from the Technical University Darmstadt:
Markus Lederer (Political Science)

What is the format of the event? How does the event work?

The event is structured around two breakout sessions of 40 minutes each that allow for discussions in small groups. Each professor will have his or her own breakout session that policy professionals can join. After 40 minutes of discussion, the policy professionals will move to a different breakout session. Each participant will therefore have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss policy challenges related to climate change, sustainability, and innovation in two breakout-sessions. This setup will enable the participants to become acquainted with different scientific perspectives.


We look forward to seeing you and ask that you register by 21 October 2021 via email to

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