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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


PIK was founded in 1992 and is a non-profit organization. The constitutional organs are the General Meeting, the Board of Trustees, the Management Board and the Scientific Advisory Board. PIK currently has 340 employees (including 220 scientific staff members) and over 130 guests.

PIK is a member of the Leibniz Association and funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal States in about equal shares. In 2012, the institute received approx. 14.3 million Euro institutional funding and approx. 11.1 million Euro funding from external sources.

Research at PIK is organized in four interdisciplinary Research Domains. The Executive Staff, Administration and IT-Services support the scientific activities.

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Within the domain Earth System Analysis and its Ecostab Flagship (formerly Biodiversity), PIK was lead organizer of the ALTER-Net Summer School from 2006 to 2011. After Wolfgang Cramer's and Sabine Lütkemeier's departure from PIK (Wolfgang is now Research Director at the Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology, IMBE, in France and Sabine recently retired from work), PIK gave up this part but remains a member of ALTER-Net.

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