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  • Herrenhausen Conference

Jun. 21, 2023, 10:00 AM - Jun. 23, 2023, 03:00 PM

Climate Related Systemic Risks: Lessons Learned from Covid-19

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Climate change related systemic risks have the potential to be an even greater threat than those of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are we prepared for this? Join the Herrenhausen Conference in Hanover on June 21 - 23, 2023.

Within a short period of time, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has fundamentally changed our lives worldwide with massive impacts on all fundamental systems: from health and well-being to economic, financial and political systems, food production and supply chains, to education, work and social life. It demonstrates the systemic nature of risk in a highly interconnected world challenging existing governance mechanisms. Thus societies need to learn and develop new approaches of dealing with these systemic risks.

Climate change related systemic risks have the potential to be an even greater threat than those of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both crises need a global approach, both threaten reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and postponement makes the situation worse. In either case the poor are disproportionally affected. As with COVID-19 communication, fake news and social media play an important role, and science, technology and governance are crucial for societal resilience in face of climate change systemic risks. 

We want to debate if the systemic risk awareness gained by COVID-19 is transferable to systemic climate risks - and vice versa? What are the lessons learned in both directions and what conclusions can be drawn?

The organizers acknowledge co-funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) via the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize to Markus Reichstein (Project 427307986).


June 20, 2023 Arrival, Icebreaker

June 21, 2023 What are the lessons learned from Covid-19 for systemic risk and vulnerability?

June 22, 2023 What have we learned from climate related events for systemic risks and vulnerability?

June 23, 2023 Conclusions & synthesis: What do we need to be better prepared in the future?

Detailed Program

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Accommodation for participants

Please note that participants are responsible for booking their accommodation. 

Themes of the Conference

The following Systemic risk related themes of the conference will be covered:

1. Behavioural & Communication Sciences
2 .Impacts of Climate Extremes
3. Critical Infrastructures
4. Data Sciences
5. DRR
6. Economics and Transport Chains
7. Food Systems
8. Governance and Law
9. Health & Psychology
10. Systemic Risks


Submit a poster abstract

You now have the possibility to apply to present a poster (no travel grant involved!) in one of the systemic risk related themes that will be covered during the conference.  We will select the poster submissions at the end of March 2023.

Submit your poster abstract here

Do you have questions about our scientific events? Check out our FAQ!

FAQ scientific events
Where do the Volkswagen Foundation events take place?

The events take place at the Xplanatorium Herrenhausen Palace, Herrenhäuser Straße 5, 30419 Hanover. Access by public transport: Üstra lines 4 and 5, stop 'Herrenhäuser Gärten'

How do I get to the Xplanatorium Herrenhausen?
  • by public transport: tram lines 4 and 5, bus line 136: stop "Herrenhäuser Gärten" or "Schaumburgstraße".
  • by bike: There are bike racks in front of the Xplanatorium. E-bike batteries should be taken into the building and not left on the bike.
  • by car: The Xplanatorium is located within Hanover's environmental zone. Motor vehicles are only allowed to drive in the low emission zone with a green fine dust sticker. Parking spaces (with parking fee) are available at the "Great Garden".
  • by train: Hanover main station is excellently connected through many long-distance trains from all over Germany and in some cases from other European countries.
  • by plane: Please check whether a flight can be replaced by a train connection. Hanover Airport is directly connected to the S-Bahn network in the greater Hanover area. Please take the S5 towards Paderborn or Bad Pyrmont from the airport to get to the city center.
How much are the fees for participating at academic events?

There are no registration fees for participating at conferences, symposia or academic workshops.

When can I check in and get my name tag at the venue?

You can check in 60 minutes before the event begins.

Is the venue barrier-free?

The Xplanatorium Herrenhausen is barrier-free.

Are the academic events recorded or broadcast live (streaming)?

As a rule, academic events are not recorded or broadcast live (streaming) in order to enable the participants to talk about research results that have not yet been published and to obtain corresponding feedback.

I wish to attend an academic event as member of the audience. Who will cover my travel and accommodation costs and do the necessary bookings?

The participants bear the costs for travel and accommodation themselves. We ask all participants without an active part to take care of their own hotel and travel arrangements. If we provide a contingent of rooms at a specific hotel, you will find more information on the respective event pages.

I am a speaker, chair, or travel grantee at an academic event. Who will cover my travel and accommodation costs and do the necessary bookings?

Please get in touch with the respective contact person for the event. You can find the contact details on the website for the event.

Are food preferences and/or intolerances taken care of?

They are usually taken care of. Please indicate your preferences when registering for the event. Catering/Meals at Volkswagen Foundation events are all vegetarian with several vegan options.

Is there a cloakroom?

At Volkswagen Foundation events held at the Xplanatorium Herrenhausen, you are welcome to use our cloakroom free of charge.

I lost or forgot something at an event at the Xplanatorium, whom can I contact?

Please contact Schloss Herrenhausen Veranstaltungs- und Betriebs GmbH at: +49 511-763 744-0

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

If you have any questions, you can reach our hotline from Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at +59 511 8381-200