First Conference of the Cities & Climate Change Network

Dear Alumnus of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation,cities

With the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the three undersigned alumni have established a new network of researchers and practitioners – the “Alexander von Humboldt Cities and Climate Change Network”.

The network aims to inform scientific and policy discourses, and to promote research and innovations based on exchange and cooperation among network members. The network also aspires to propose thoughtful solutions to the interrelated issues of urban development, energy, and global climate change.

More than 40 Alexander von Humboldt alumni worldwide have already joined the network.

The first conference of the Cities and Climate Change Network will take place on October 5-7, 2011 at the
Freie Universität Berlin. At the conference, we will review and assess existing knowledge in these areas and
plan long-term cooperation, research and outreach among the broader Humboldt community related to the
issues of global climate change and urbanization.

Following the 2011 conference in Berlin, we envision a broad range of additional meetings of network
members, continued communication, coordination, and future research collaboration.

We would like to invite you, as an alumnus of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, to join the “Cities
and Climate Change Network” and to participate in the conference and the planned network activities.

If you have already published work that relates to the following thematic areas:
1) Urban risks and consequences of climate change
2) Urban climate change mitigation and adaptation
3) Urban climate governance

Medearis_300Kindly send one or more of your abstracts to Dale Medearis:

If your work and interests pertain to the interrelated issue of global climate change and urbanization, we
invite you to join the Alexander von Humboldt Cities and Climate Change Network, and we would be very
happy to welcome you at the conference in Berlin this October.

Please send all correspondence or questions related to the network and the conference to


With kindest regards,

Prof. Avi Gottlieb Dr. Dale Medearis Nathaniel Scheer
Tel Aviv University Northern Virginia Regional Commission Free University Berlin