Discussion Series: Governing Earth System Tipping Points in Times of Multiple Crises

Location: Virtual
Dates: 27 February 2023, 14:00-15:30 CET
Register: https://governance-of-climate-tipping-points.confetti.events/

Join AIMES, Earth Commission, Future Earth and WCRP for the webinar series that aims to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. The event includes two presentations on the governance of tipping points.


Moderated by Solveig Crompton (University of Stavanger).

Speaker Information


Dr. Dirk Messner, UBA/German Environment Agency

Dr. Dirk Messner has been the President of the German Environment Agency since 2020. He previously served as Director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security of United Nations University (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany, and Vice Rector of the United Nations University (UNU). Prior to becoming Director of UNU-EHS in October 2018, Dirk had been Director of the German Development Institute from 2003-2018. Dirk is an internationally recognised expert on globalisation, global governance, transformation pathways to sustainability, decarbonisation of the global economy, sustainability and digital change, and international cooperation and societal change. Dirk has also been a member of a number of high-ranking policy advisory councils, including co-chairing the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany and is member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).

Dr. Manjana Milkoreit, University of Oslo

Dr. Manjana Milkoreit received her Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining the University of Oslo, she was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Arizona State University’s Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. At ASU she lead the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort to engage scholars, writers and the public in a conversation about the role of imagination in societal responses to climate change. Her research integrates scholarship on global environmental governance and cognitive theory to study actor motivations, beliefs and agency, institutional and policy design and effectiveness related to climate change. She is interested in challenges at the science-policy-society interface, including the use of scientific knowledge in environmental decision-making, and the role of ideologies in advancing or preventing effective societal responses to climate change. Her current research focuses on the role of future thinking (imagination) in sustainability transformations and the study of social tipping points.