Water management, climate change and international crisis management: The Falling Walls Conference will bring together researchers from around the world in Berlin on 09/11/2015


Date: Monday, 9/11/2015 from 9 am to 7 pm

Location: Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin

Berlin, 15 October 2015. We would like to invite you to the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2015 in Berlin. 18 top researchers from around the world will be presenting their research in a variety of disciplines.

Water is one of humanity’s most important resources: without water, people cannot survive. Without water, no production or economic development is possible. Professor Arjen Hoekstra is one of the leading experts in the field of water management. He explores the close relationship between water management, consumption and trade. To this end, he developed the concept of the ‘water footprint’, which is used to calculate the amount of water that goes, directly or indirectly, into the production of certain products or services. With this, he has laid the foundation for a new interdisciplinary field of research.

The economist Ottmar Edenhofer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research also deals with the sustainable use of resources. Looking ahead to the start of negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of November, Professor Edenhofer warns of a ‘renaissance of the coal industry’. While most industrialised countries are slowly switching to renewable energies, fast-growing developing countries are investing in cheap coal energy to promote their economies. However, this has serious ecological implications. Edenhofer is therefore calling for a rapid global implementation of reforms.

A coordinated global response from all stakeholders was also needed at the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in late 2013; however, the international community was slow to react to the crisis. Joanne Liu, the international president of the aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières, criticised the lack of leadership and political will, particularly on the part of Europe and the United States. At Falling Walls, she will be calling for a paradigm shift in international humanitarian aid to respond better and more rapidly to global crises in the future.

For the remaining speakers, including Demis Hassabis, Saskia Sassen and three Nobel laureates, and for the complete programme, please visit: https://falling-walls.com/conference/speakers/2015

The Falling Walls Conference was first held in 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and has developed into a highly acclaimed platform for international research. The conference is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Helmholtz Association, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Berlin Senate and numerous other academic institutions, foundations and companies.

For preliminary reports or interview requests, please contact Lucie Menz at press@falling-walls.com or on +49 30 60 988 39 74. Accreditation can be obtained online at www.falling-walls.com/press/accreditation.

More information on the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2015, as well as on the expanded programme, can be found at www.falling-walls.com.


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Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH
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