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Koordinierungsbüro PROGRESS
Dr. Andreas Bergner
c/o Universität Potsdam
Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, Hs. 27
14476 Potsdam
Phone: +49 (0)331 977 5842
Fax: +49 (0)331 977 5700
Email: info@earth-in-progress.de

The Potsdam Research and Technology Network on Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Sustainability

PROGRESS stands for "Potsdam Research Cluster for Georisk Analysis, Environmental Change and Sustainability". It is a joint research project subsidised by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of „Advanced Research and Innovation in the New Federal States“ with the aim of closely integrating and further developing Potsdam’s excellent expertise in geosciences and climate research, as well as in political and administrative sciences.

Universität Potsdam ist universitärer Kompetenzpartner im Potsdamer Forschungs- und Technologieverbund PROGRESS

In essence, PROGRESS deals with the exploration of critical Earth system processes and the generation of politically relevant and scientifically sound knowledge, as well as the analysis of political and administrative strategies. In this respect, the focus is both on long-term processes such as climate change and its consequences, as well as on sudden catastrophic events. Within the network of involved partners, concepts are being sought after to better understand and deal more effectively with threatening natural phenomena such as earthquakes, floods, the impact of climate change and degradation of landscapes. In addition to the main research areas, competence clusters for education and training, as well as contact points for specific thematic consulting are established for this purpose.

In addition to the University of Potsdam, other parties participating in PROGRESS include departments of the German Geo-Research Centre, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering and the Alfred Wegener Institute. PROGRESS also closely collaborates with the Research Network pearls as well as the geoscience coordination platform Geo.X.

For the Potsdam science community, the establishment of PROGRESS is a significant step towards an internationally unique interdisciplinary research and training centre on the political and natural challenges of a constantly changing Earth system.

The growing dynamics of geographic and climate risks, against the background of dwindling resources and intensive and increasing settlement activity in tectonically active and climatic borderline regions, as well as  the effects of global climate change are issues of great relevance to our society.