The Anthropocene Symposium

Eighty years measured in geologic time may only be an instant—yet the importance of this period is measured by other standards.  Paul Crutzen has devoted his life to science.  His creative mind and contemplation have always been directed towards the future, learning from the past. And so he suggested a new term which, in a single word, describes the enduring influence, despite having been exerted in a geologic instant, of mankind on the planet Earth. The “Anthropocene” conceives humans to be a geologic factor, influencing the evolution of our globe and the living beings populating it.  On the occasion of Paul’s eightieth birthday we would like to extend a invitation to attend a one-day symposium on the Anthropocene, at which some of the leading minds of our time will present their thoughts on this area of research. In honor of Paul and at his request, the scientific discussion of the Anthropocene aims to support the sustainable development of our world.

 

Scientific Speakers

  • Hartmut Graßl, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany: Shaping Germany's Role in Ozone and Climate Policy - The Push by Paul Crutzen, Video
  • Ralph Cicerone, National Academy of Science, USA: Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Change: Different Human Causes and Responses, Video
  • Mario Molina, University of California in San Diego, USA:Climate Change: Science and Policy, Video
  • Susan Solomon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA: Ozone Depletion: An Enduring Challenge, Video

  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA: The Two Worlds in the Anthropocene: A New Approach for Climate Change Mitigation, Video
  • Henning Rodhe, University of Stockholm, Sweden:The Anthropocene Sulfur Cycle, Video
  • Jack Fishman, Saint Louis University, USA: Tropospheric Ozone in the Anthropocene: Are We Creating a Toxic Atmosphere? Video
  • John Burrows, University of Bremen, Germany: Living in and Observing the Anthropocene from Space, Video
  • Klaus Töpfer, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany: The Anthropocene – Sustainability in a World of 9 Billion People, Video
  • Meinrat O. Andreae, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany: 400,000,036 Years of Biomass Burning, Video