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The conference "Tipping Point 2008 - A Dialogue between Climate Science and the Arts" aimed to encourage artists and researchers to jointly address the issue of climate change. The conference, organized by the British Council, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Federal Cultural Foundation, took place on 28-29 September 2008 in Potsdam.
The conference invited approximately 100 scientists, artists and cultural producers from every discipline, field and artistic area. Instead of focusing on the technical and economic problems caused by climate change, the conference viewed the impact of climate change as a cultural challenge and developed strategies to deal with it. The conference functioned as a platform for exchanging ideas and developing concrete cooperative projects. The scientific programme at the conference was accompanied by Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the PIK and climate expert for the German federal government.
Participants from Germany, Great Britain, other European countries and the United States attended the event. In order to encourage an intensive dialogue, the conference was structured as an "open space", in which the participants determined essential points of the conference programme themselves. The conference was held at the historic science buildings at the PIK and the Astrophysical Institute on the Potsdam Telegraphenberg.
Schedule and venue:
28 - 29 Sept. 2008 Conference at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Telegraphenberg A31, Potsdam