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Think Tanks in a Time of Crisis and Paralysis

On the Sidelines or Catalysts for Ideas and Actions?
The world's first meeting of leading international think tanks based in and around the European continent, which took place on 20 November 2012 in Rome, concluded with recommendations for think tanks, donors, and policy communities concerning think tanks. The Summit focused on lessons from the current fiscal and economic crises in Europe, and sought ways to enhance the role of think tanks in anticipating crises and providing effective early warning, formulating dynamic and innovative ideas for solutions, and overcoming the policy paralysis that often aggravates crises. Sydney Baloue, Transatlantic Fellow at Ecologic Institute, acted as lead rapporteur for the event. The conference paper is available for download.Read more

Distinguished Research for the Environment

For four years now, Ecologic Institute has claimed a top spot in the "Environment" category of the highly regarded global rankings of policy institutes, or think tanks, published by the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, the Berlin-based research organization was ranked in 9th place. Researchers at Ecologic Institute have been working on current societally- and politically-relevant environmental questions since 1995. The research performed by Ecologic Institute has been recognized, as it has been for the last three years, with a top ranking in the Global Go To Think Tank Index.

Launch of the Global Go To Index Report 2013

22 January 2014
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania, conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and in civil societies around the world. On Wednesday, 22 January 2014, the TTCSP released its 2013 Report. On this occasion, more than 25 global partners implemented local launch events.Read more

Danube River Basin Stakeholder Conference

28 June 2005 to 29 June 2005

On Danube Day 2005, about 100 stakeholders from the entire Danube River Basin convene on 28 and 29 June 2005 in Budapest on invitation of the International Commission for the Protection of the River Danube (ICPDR). Participants learn about ICPDR activities and provide feedback on the '2004 Roof Report', which had been prepared to meet the official reporting requirements of...Read more

Going Out of the Town Hall

The Benefits and How They Can Be Achieved
From urban gardening and networks of sharing to community-owned wind farms: citizens' initiatives emerge all over Europe in a quest to find new answers to today's pressing challenges. This policy brief explores new forms of cooperation between local governments and these bottom-up initiatives. It argues that getting involved with initiatives helps local governments to be an active player in their community's change dynamics. This cooperation furthermore requires new ways of engaging and participating between the groups.Read more

Berlin Research Institute once Again at the Top

Ecologic Institute was ranked one of the top ten European think tanks in the "2012 ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking." The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) was ranked the best climate think tank in Europe.

Berlin / Washington DC (18 June 2013)
The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), founded in 2009, conducted its first worldwide evaluation of climate think tanks in 2012. The criteria for evaluation of the think tanks assigned different weights to the following areas: events organized by the think tank, its scholarly publications, involvement in international events and fora, and projects and events carried out with the European Commission.

InContext Final Conference & Informed Cities Forum 2013

6 June 2013 to 7 June 2013

On 6–7 June 2013, the final conference of InContext, together with the Informed Cities Forum 2013, took place in Berlin. It provided a creative platform for local initiatives, policymakers, and researchers to exchange insights, ideas, and experiences on transition processes. At the core of the conference was the question of how to create space for change and move towards better...Read more

From "The Blue Sky above the Ruhr" to the "Energiewende"

December 2012 to June 2014

Environmental policy is one of the most important policy fields in Germany. Despite the importance of environmental policy, little is known about the factors that have driven the development of scientific environmental policy advice. Was the German environmental policy initiated top-down or bottom-up? What role did the anti-nuclear movement play for the founding of individual environmental research institutes? What was the role of civil society? How has environmental consulting changed over time? And what can environmental consultants learn from these experiences? The project “FromRead more


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