The PIKee Project

The overall aim of the project was to make the existing expertise on global and local climate impacts at the PIK available for teaching practice in schools in such a way that it is possible for students to understand the concrete consequences of climate change for Germany down to the district level through their local environmental references. With the developed education portal an interdisciplinary offer was developed, which starts with education for sustainable development. The data provided in the developed education portal visualize climatic changes in the climate sector and their effects on agriculture, forestry, energy, water, health and tourism. In this way, connections and effects of climate change can be worked out and, for example, adaptation measures for different areas of life can be developed. The Project results were presented at national and international conferences and various event formats and were also disseminated and implemented nationwide via workshops and further training for teachers and multipliers. 


Project duration: September 2013 to February 2017

The project flyer provides a general overview: PDF

This project was promoted financially by the German federal institution for the environment (DBU).


Project Management

Ines Blumenthal is a teacher, media designer and parent-media consultant. Before she came to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, she worked for 12 years for various clients and created project-related, target group-oriented concepts and products for text and visual communication.She has extensive experience in content and technical development and implementation of an online education portal, the conception of interdisciplinary teaching modules as well as their nationwide distribution and dissemination. Within the PIKee project, she has developed a wide range of interdisciplinary teaching units, tutorials, background information and worksheets for school education that make the complex interrelationships of climate change and its effects understandable.


Project Advisory Board of the the PIKee Project

The project advisory board of the PIKee project, had an advisory function with regard to content. The experts, who came from different fields, contributed different suggestions and points of view, which shaped the successful progress of the project and ensured a link with existing activities and networks.

The PIKee project advisory board met three times during the course of the project. For the first time on 18 June 2014, where all important questions of cooperation were discussed and the framework for communication between the committee meetings was defined. On 11 February 2015, the committee met for the second time. Topics included the cooperation with the student teachers, the first teaching examples, which were developed together with the student teachers, and the intended changes for the implementation of the educational version. An important step was the start of the cooperation with Lehrer-Online, the basis of which was established in this session. Possibilities for a potential long-term financing of the project were also discussed. On 16 June 2016, the committee met for the third time. At this meeting the education portal with the corresponding background information and teaching units were presented. This was followed by a demonstration of the way in which the portal and the materials are presented on different education servers and the presentation of the basic idea for the guide, which provides teachers with assistance in dealing with scientific issues. Furthermore, the idea for a master thesis on the education portal was presented. Finally, possible follow-up projects and their contents were discussed.

All meetings took place at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Members of the Project Committee of the PIKee Project

Dr. Alexander Bittner –  Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)
Nadine Düppe – Landesinstitut für Schule und Medien (LISUM)
Harry Funk – Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft Berlin
Prof. Dr. Alexander Sigmund – PH/Uni Heidelberg, Rekli:B-Projekt
Prof. Dr. Manfred Stock – Senior Scientist & Chief Advisor für Regionale Strategien (PIK)

Group photo at the third meeting of the PIKee project advisory board on 16 June 2016, f. l. t. r.: Dr. Friedemann Lembcke, Lara Ahmann, Dr. Alexander Bittner, Harry Funk, Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund, Ines Blumenthal, Carolin Schlenther, Prof. Dr. Manfred Stock, Dr. Thomas Nocke, Gunnar Klinge, Nadine Düppe



Presentation of Teaching Materials in a Dossier for Climate Impact Research

Landesinstitut für Schule und Medien Berlin Brandenburg (LISUM)
Research Group Earth Observation (rgeo), Pädagogische Hochschule Universität Heidelberg

Project: Mit Wind, Sonne und Wasser Energie gewinnen!
German-polish Education Project for  High School Students

Goethe Institut Polen

Projekt ReKli:B, Regionalen Klimawandel beurteilen lernen