The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), founded in 1992, is a non-profit research institute addressing crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. At PIK, researchers in the natural and social sciences from all over the world work closely together to study global change and its impacts on ecological, economic and social systems.
Researchers examine the earth system's capacity for withstanding human interventions and devise strategies and options for a sustainable development of humankind and nature. Interdisciplinary and solution-oriented approaches are a distinctive characteristic of the institute.PIK plays an active role in activities such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, http://www.ipcc.ch), also known as the world´s climate council, whose working group on the mitigation of climate change is coordinated by PIK researchers.
PIK initiated and has co-hosted the biennial Nobel Laureate Symposium (http://www.nobelcause.org) on questions of global sustainability since 2007.
Asia Society is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering the understanding of the countries and cultures of Asia. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in New York, it is an international organization with 11 centers in the U.S. and Asia —Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Sydney, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai and Washington, DC.
The Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) was established in 1990 by a group of Hong Kong community leaders, led by Sir Q.W. Lee, then chairman of Hang Seng Bank. It is the first overseas center of the 11 centers of Asia Society. As a leading platform for the discussion of Pan-Asian subjects and the impact of global concerns on Asia, it offers educational programs for a wide range of audience. Since the center's opening on February 9, 2012 until September 30, 2013, we hosted close to 270 programs, including lectures, exhibitions, performances, film screenings, tours, seminars and conferences, e.g. the Pacific Cities Sustainable Initiative (PCSI).
The following persons kindly agreed to join the Steering Committee of the 4th Symposium on Global Sustainability:
- Professor John Schellnhuber CBE, Director,
- Ronnie Chan, Chairman,
- Professor Peter Doherty, The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1996
- Professor Mario Molina, The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995
- Professor Martin Rees,
- Professor Johan Rockstrom, Director,
- Xu Kuangdi, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Former Vice Chairman of CPPCC and Honorary President of Chinese Academy of Engineering, former Mayor of Shanghai.