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 300 employees.
PIK is a member of the Leibniz Association and funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of Brandenburg in about equal shares. In 2010, the institute received circa 9.4 million Euro institutional funding and 1.5 million Euro from the German Federal Government's economic stimulus packages and the European regional development fund ERDF. Additional project funding from external sources amounted to 8.1 million Euro.
Research at PIK is organized in four interdisciplinary Research Domains. The Executive Staff, Administration and IT-Services support the scientific activities.
- Earth System Analysis
- Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities
- Sustainable Solutions
- Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods
Within the domain Earth System Analysis and its Biodiversity Flagship, 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 Institut Méditerranéen de la Biodiversité et d'Ecologie continentale et marine, IMBE, in France and Sabine recently retired from work) PIK gave up this part but remains a member of ALTER-Net.