Tuesday, 24 March 2020 Opening Event at Bärensaal, Altes Stadthaus (Bear Hall, Old City Hall)


Dr. Christoph Rauhut (Director of the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin),
Dr. Andreas Görgen (Director of the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication of the Federal Foreign Office)

Professor Friederike Fless (President of the German Archaeological Institute)

Keynote: Professor Anders Levermann (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)
- Climate Change - a challenge for us and generations to come

Panel discussion
Thomas Erndl MdB, Dr. Martin Falser (TU Munich), Dr. Barbara Hendricks MdB, Professor Anders Levermann (PIK), Claudia Roth MdB and Vice-President German Bundestag, Moderator: Professor Friederike Fless



Wednesday, 25 March 2020 (ESMT)



09:30 -11:00

Conference opening
Professor Friederike Fless (President of the German Archaeological Institute)

Session 1:Climate Archaeology -  Climate archives, Models and Reconstruction
Chair: Dr Daniel Kelterbaum
(Cologne University)

Dr Raphael Neukomm (University of Zurich) - Global climate variability over the last 2000 years - causes and characteristics of climatic periods

Professor Pavel E. Tarasov (Free University Berlin) and Dr Karl-Uwe Heußner (German Archaeological Institute) - Archaeology and palaeoenvironments: Proxy archives and climate reconstructions

Professor Ingmar Unkel (Kiel University - ROOTS Cluster of Excellence) - Archaeohydrology: Water availability in ancient times

Dr Birgit Plessen (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geo Sciences) - Climate versus anthropogenic signals in annual laminated lake sediments

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2: Impact of Climate Change on Early Cultures - Case Studies
Chair: Professor Eszter Bánffy
(German Archaeological Institute)

Professor Hans-Rudolf Bork (Kiel University - ROOTS Cluster of Excellence) - Extreme weather events in Central Europe and their impact on landscape and society

Professor Detlef Gronenborn (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum) - Social Cohesion Cycles and Climate Anomalies – Case Studies from the Temperate European Neolithic 

Dr Bernhard Weninger (University of Cologne) - Climate-related societal collapse in the Levant, followed
by rapid coastal Neolithisation of Europe and North Africa

Dr Michèle Dinies , Dr Jörg Linstädter (German Archaeological Institute), Dr Philipp Hoelzmann (Free University Berlin) - ‘De-Greening’ of the central Sahara: Holocene environmental dynamics in the Tibesti Mountains and the Ounianga Basin, Chad

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 15:15

Session 3: Impact of Climate Change on Early Cultures - Case Studies
Chair: Dr Philipp
von Rummel (German Archaeological Institute)

Professor Mayke Wagner (German Archaeological Institute) - Changing Nature - Evolving Societies in East Asia

Dr Bertil Mächtle (Heidelberg University) - Climate and cultures in motion - spatial patterns from ancient Peru (Results from the BMBF joint-projects "Nasca" and Andean Transect"

Dr Andrea Kay (Max Planck Institute) - Human-environment interactions in Holocene Western Africa: Environmental change as a population constraint

Dr Lee Clare (German Archaeological Institute) - Climate change and Neolithisation in Anatolia

15:15 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 – 17:15

Session 4: Water Management and Desertification
Chair: Professor Achim Brauer ( (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geo Sciences)

Professor Brigitta Schütt - (Free University Berlin) - Traditional Water Management for coping future challenges

Dr Arnulf Hausleiter (German Archaeological Institute) - Water in the desert: Oasis cultivation, irrigation and social complexity in NW Arabia

Professor Michael Rohde (Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg ) -  Adaptation strategies to preserve historical gardens as cultural monuments

Dr Bernd Müller-Neuhof (German Archaeological Institute) - Innovative strategies to tackle climatic challenges in prehistory: runoff harvesting systems at Early Bronze Age Jawa (NE-Jordan)

17:30 18:00

Coffee break


Evening Lecture
Introduction: Professor Friederike Fless (President of the German Archaeological Institute)

Main Lecture: Professor Johannes Vogel (General Director of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin)



Thursday, 26 March 2020 (ESMT)

 09:30 – 10:45

Session 5:Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage | Coastal Risk and Flooding
Chair: Professor Matthias Knaut
(German University Cairo)

Lena Reimann (Christian-Albrechts-Unviersity Kiel) -  Regional analysis of UNESCO World Heritage at risk from sea-level rise - insights for local assessments

Dr. Mairi Davies (Historic Environment Scotland) - A collaborative approach to addressing coastal erosion and flooding on cultural heritage sites in Scotland

Professor Burkhard Vogt (German Archaeological Institute) - The Impact of Climate Change on the cultural heritage of Easter Island

Professor Nassos Vafeidis (Christian-Albrechts-Unviersity Kiel) - Barriers in adaption to seal-level rise for coastal world heritage - Thee need for interdisciplinarity and innovation


Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30

Session 6: Impact of Climate Change on cultural Heritage | Warming
Chair: Professor Svend Hansen
(German Archaeological Institute)

Professor Henny Piezonka (Kiel University ROOTS Cluster of Excellence) - The archaeological heritage of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Siberia - Reflections on the impact of climate changes

Dr. Vladimir Pitulko (Institute for the History of Material Culture, RAS, Sankt Petersburg) - Climate change and human habitation record in the arctic Western Beringia since Late Pleistocene

Dr. Martin Callanan (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim ) -  'Saving the Past from Alpine Ice'-an overview of Glacial Archaeology in 2020

Dr Anne Jensen (University of Alaska ) - As Arctic Alaska Warms: Thawing permafrost, vanishing sea ice and eroding ground


Conclusion and Final remarks

The working language of the conference will be English.