Keynote Address


The Big Melt – The Melting Beauty and its Influence on our Lifestyle

Tuesday, 18 September 2018
During the Welcome Reception (18:00 – 20:00)

In this presentation, we will travel through time and space to gain a detailed understanding of climate change. On our journey, we will first focus on the polar regions, where climate change is currently drastically changing the surface of our planet. Temperatures there are rising rapidly, sea ice is disappearing, and melting glaciers cause the global sea level to rise slowly. Then, we will move away from the poles to examine past, present and future changes at lower latitudes, where most of us live. Why are these changes occurring? How certain are we that humans are the main driver of the warming? And what has our skin to do with all of that?


Dr. Dirk Notz

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Dirk Notz is head of the research group “Sea ice in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. In addition, he is adjunct professor at the University Centre in Svalbard, a small archipelago less than 1000 km away from the North Pole. He has been traveling to the Arctic more than 20 times, using sailing boats, dog sledges, motor scooters and ice breakers to move around. He obtained his PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge (UK). He studied meteorology, physics and chemistry at the University of Hamburg (Germany), the University of Washington (Seattle, US), and the University Centre in Svalbard (Norway). He is actively involved in outreach activities and consultancy for the general public, policy and industry alike on the topic of climate change. For his public presentations, he has won several prizes for intelligible science.