In conjunction with the Embassy of Canada to Germany, Ecoscholars hosted an evening discussion on 27 November, entitled, 'A Changing Arctic: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change and Rapid Growth in Arctic Coastal Communities'. The event focused upon the impact of climate change in the Arctic region, particularly from the perspective of coastal communities in Canada, as well as the greater circumpolar region.
On 14 June 2012, Ecoscholars closed out the 2011-2012 academic year with a meet and greet at the Cafe & Kuche in Prinzessinngärten. The event was an informal gathering of the Ecoscholars to meet with other environmentally interested international academics and professionals in Berlin. Vegetarian food frm ingredients grown on site was sampled, along with locally brewed beer.
On 11 April 2012, Ecoscholars and the British German Environment Forum co-hosted a live-screening of the London Natural History Museum’s Earth Debate on “Food security – how do we feed 9 billion people in 2050?” The Earth Debate was part of the Natural History Museum’s series of expert panels examining sustainability issues and the green economy in the lead-up to the
In conjunction with the British Council, Ecoscholars hosted a live-screening of the London Natural History Museum’s Earth Debate on “Green Cities in a Green Economy – How to Pioneer a Sustainable Transition” and facilitated an interactive discussion on urban resource use and sustainable cities. Additional support for the event was provided by the British-German Environment Forum.
In conjunction with the Hertie School of Governance, Ecoscholars held an evening discussion that focused on the state of global climate policy in light of the latest round of UN negotiations, held in Durban, South Africa in November - December 2011. Opening talks were given by two expert speakers examining differing aspects of the negotiations and future scenarios for climate policy. These opening talks were followed by a question and answer session from the Ecoscholars participants, as well as informal discussion over food and drinks.
On 1 November 2011, Ecoscholars held its fall 2011-2012 Kickoff Event. The event, hosted by Ecologic Institute, featured Director R. Andreas Kraemer discussing the history, current status and future implications of Germany's nuclear power phase-out, renewable energy legislation and climate policy. This was followed by a lively question and answer session and discussion between Ecoscholars participants.
Members of the Ecoscholars network visited the headquarters of the Clearingstelle EEG, the agency responsible for facilitating and settling disputes and issues of application that emerge under Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Dr. iur. Martin Winkler, Member of the Panel of Clearingstelle EEG, gave an overview of both the EEG and the Clearingstelle EEG, and responded to questions from the attending Ecoscholars.
Ecoscholars coordinated a discussion event, featuring a three member Ecuadorian delegation, the Ambassador of Ecuador to Germany, a German Green Party parliamentarian, and a German NGO leader. The event was aimed at learning more about Ecuador’s conservation proposal, the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, which would meet objectives of combating climate change, conserving biodiversity, and protecting indigenous people, and the politics of German support for this proposal.
At an Ecoscholars event hosted by First Solar, GmbH, David Wortmann, the company's Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs provided an overview of the company and discussed the key role of policy in the continued promotion and expansion of the renewable energy industry and fostering the market for renewable energy technologies. The dialogue was initiated by Loni Gardner of Ecologic Institute.