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Extreme Events - Building Climate Resilient Societies
October 9, 2019
The overall objective of the conference is to elucidate the relations between climate extremes, societal resilience, and sustainable development goals. Development and transformation for achieving the SDGs can be severely threatened by catastrophic events triggered by climate extremes. Yet, at the same time development towards reaching the SDGs may enhance societal resilience against such extremes. We will identify the major obstacles for building climate resilience across regions and sectors, as well as priorities and means to address these obstacles. We aim to develop both strategic agendas for research and for best-practice design and implementation.

The conference is organized around 5 parallel workshop sessions:
(I) Challenges of extreme events for resilient infrastructures,
(II) Climate Extremes and Food Security,
(III) Climate Extremes and Security,
(IV) Data science for human wellbeing,
(V) Response to compound events.

The parallel sessions are guided by the following research questions:

1) Which impacts are expected to be caused by extreme climate events (incl. compound events, impacts cascades and feedbacks) across ecosystems, infrastructures and society?

2) What are key obstacles (e.g. financing, governance, data & system knowledge) towards societal resilience across sectors and SDGs?

3) What knowledge is needed to remove these obstacles and how can research, teaching and learning support the transformation towards SDGs while facing climate extremes? The sessions are considered to emerge bottom-up - hence you may think about contributing themes there. Each session will be formed by approximatively 30 participants.

Researchers from all disciplines and professionals from business and administration working in the field of extreme events and resilient societies are welcome to attend the conference.

The Volkswagen Foundation offers travel grants for early career researchers (PhD students and early Post Docs up to 5 years since PhD) or young professionals with a link to climate extremes and resilient societies from all fields (e.g. history, climate science, data science, economics, ecology, geography, health, mathematics, psychology, sociology, risk assessment, political sciences). Applicants can win one of 25 travel grants to take part in the Herrenhausen Conference "Extreme Events: Building Climate Resilient Societies" in Hanover, Germany, on October 9 -11 2019. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their research/project in a 2-minute lightning talk and during the poster sessions. The travel grants include travel expenses to Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover. The deadline for submitting applications is March 28, 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of further questions:
Mrs. Maack ( regarding logistic and travel aspects
Prof. Dr. Reichstein ( and Dr. Frank ( if you have any further questions relating to the conference.


ATTO Meeting in Manaus
September 16, 2019
From September 16 to 18 2019, the ATTO consortium will meet at INPA in Manaus, Brazil. Scientist from all participating institutions will show the scientific progress, discuss data and findings, and strengthen the collaboration between the different working groups.

Webseite ATTO Projekt, Infos zum Meeting

IAGOS Annual Meeting
June 24, 2019
From 24 to 26 June 2019, the MPI for Biogeochemistry will host some 30 international scientists who are involved in the European Research Infrastructure for global observations of atmospheric composition from commercial aircraft.

IAGOS Webseite

ESRP Meeting
June 4, 2019
From 4 to 6 June 2019, the annual meeting of the Earth and Solar System Research Partnership (ESRP) will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. Scientists from the four Max Planck Institutes for Biogeochemistry in Jena, for Chemistry in Mainz, for Meteorology in Hamburg and for Solar System Research in Göttingen and from associated institutes will take part in the scientific exchange.

Webseite ESRP

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2019 sessions
April 7, 2019
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly brings together geoscientists from all over the world. It will take place in Vienna, Austria, from April 7 to 12, 2019.

Scientist from MPI for Biogeochemistry are not only participating in this important meeting but also co-organizing scientific sessions in various topics.

Intact Amazon forest – a natural laboratory of global significance
Convener: Jošt Valentin Lavric

Session SSS5.2
Climate-smart soils: can soil carbon sequestration mitigate greenhouse gas emissions?
Convener: Marion Schrumpf, Co-convener: Carlos Sierra

Session BG2.48
Global Earth observation for improved understanding of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics
Co-conveners: Nuno Carvalhais

Session BG2.49
Carbon allocation in plants and ecosystems: mechanisms, responses and biogeochemical implications
Co-convener: Henrik Hartmann

Constraining present and future global vegetation dynamics and carbon stocks
Co-conveners: Yunpeng Luo, Rene Orth

Functions and Functioning of the Critical Zone
Convener: Gerd Gleixner

Session BG1.1/GMPV7.12/HS11.54/OS3.8/SSS12.15
Application of stable isotopes in Biogeosciences
Co-convener: Gerd Gleixner

Session SC1.15/BG1.72
Analysing Eddy-Covariance data using REddyProc
Convener: Thomas Wutzler | Co-conveners: Mirco Migliavacca, M. Reichstein

Session BG2.47
Emerging constraints of photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration at ecosystem to global scales
Co-convener: Mirco Migliavacca

Session BG2.15
Terrestrial ecosystem responses to global change: integrating experiments and models to understand carbon, nutrient, and water cycling
Co-conveners: Sönke Zaehle

Session CL5.12/AS5.21/ESSI3.9/GI2.10/HS11.36/NP4.6
Information extraction from satellite observations using data-driven methods
Co-conveners: Miguel Mahecha

Session BG2.9/HS11.46
Forest carbon and water dynamics, and its feedbacks to climate under global environmental change
Co-conveners: Yunpeng Luo, Catarina Moura, René Orth

Session BG1.56
Plant traits, adaptation and biogeochemical cycles – from measurements to models
Convener: Jens Kattge

Link zum EGU Programm

Progress on Biosphere-Atmosphere-Change indices
February 4, 2019
MPI-BGC will host a workshop on 'Progress on Biosphere-Atmosphere-Change indices' supported by the projects iLEAPS and BACI.

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