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.