Just days before the UN Climate Conference in Durban (COP 17 / CMP 7) will begin, Berlin Manhattan Institute invites to our 4th International Conference on Climate and Energy in Germany. While the UN meeting is supposed to produce a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, our conference features international top scientists and experts, presenting pressing evidence to reconsider or stop the current policies aimed at “saving the climate”. Apart from new findings in atmospheric physics, maritime physics, geology, meteorology and recent research in green energy, also the economic and socio-political aspects are considered. This includes an analysis of the cost the profitability and effectivity of investing in green energies.

All presentations and discussions during programme hours will be simultaneously interpreted: English-German and German-English

Time Frame:

First Day: Friday, November 25, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Second Day: Saturday, November 26, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Link to the programme in pdf


European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE); Berlin Manhattan Institute; Haus der Zukunft

Registration Fees:

80 € Day Tickets

140 € Private Individuals (2 days)

290 € Company Representatives (2 days)

Registrations after November 18, 2011 are subject to a surcharge of 30 € per Ticket.
All prices include VAT.

The registration fees include the conference materials and meals and coffee breaks of the day(s) booked.


Registration online or with your full name, address and institution via fax or email to: Berlin Manhattan Institute (Link to registration form).

Email: info@berlinmanhattan.org
Fax: +49(0)30 69 20 800 39
Or sign up online

Please make your registration payment payable to EIKE e.V.
Bank: Volksbank Saaletal Rudolstadt
Account: 42 42 92 01, BLZ: 830 944 54
IBAN: DE34 8309 4454 0042 4292 01

The Speakers

Piers Corbyn, United Kingdom,  Meteorologist

Prof. Dr. Karl-Friedrich Ewert, Germany, Geologist

Prof. Dr. Gerd Ganteföhr, Germany, Physicist

Prof. Dr. Gerd Habermann, Germany, Economist

Dr. Christopher Horner, USA

Prof. Dr. Werner Kirstein, Germany, Dipl. Physicist & Geographer

Donna Laframboise, Canada, Author, Blogger and Journalist

Prof. Dr. Horst Lüdecke, Germany, Press Spokesperson EIKE

Andrew Montford, United Kingdom, Author

Prof. Dr. Gernot Patzelt, Austria, Geographer & Meteorologist

Dipl. Meteorolologist Klaus Puls, Germany

Prof. Dr. Nir Shaviv, Israel, Astro-Physicist

Prof. Dr. Henrik Svensmark, Denmark, Atmospheric Scientist

Dr. Holger Thuss Präsident EIKE

Prof. Dr. Jan Veizer, Canada, Paleo-Geologist

Use the online registration on the EIKE website

or register via email or fax with your full name and pay your registration fee via bank transfer


Link to the optional registration form

Friday – November 25 

08:00 a.m. Registration

09:00 a.m.
Wolfgang Müller
Berlin Manhattan Institut, European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)

09:10 a.m.
The IPCC: Almost nothing you’ve been told about this organization is actually true
Donna Laframboise
Blog nofrakkingconsensus.com

09:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Panel: Measuring vs. Modelling

Real temperature measurements vs. climate alarmism
Prof. em. Dr. Horst-Joachim Lüdecke
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes

Glaciers as climate witnesses
Prof. em. Dr. Gernot Patzelt
University of Innsbruck

Anthropogenic sea level rise: from scenario to panic
Dipl. Meteorologe Klaus-Eckart Puls
Press spokesperson EIKE

11:30 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. Break

Mission impossible – geological facts of carbon capture and storage in Germany
Prof. em. Dr. Friedrich-Karl Ewert
Universität Paderborn

12:30 p.m. – 2:00p.m. Lunch – conference venue

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Panel: Cosmic Rays, CO2 and Climate

Climate, water, CO2 and the sun
Prof. Dr. Jan Veizer  
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa

The cosmic ray climate link – evidence and implications to the understanding of climate change
Prof. Dr. Nir Shaviv
Racah Institute of Physics – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The impact of solar activities and cosmic rays on the world climate
Prof. Dr. Henrik Svensmark  
Centre for Sun-Climate Research des Danish National Space Centre

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Panel: Update on the CERN Study Cosmic Rays and Climate Change
Prof. Dr. Jan Veizer, Prof. Dr. Nir Shaviv, Prof. Dr. Henrik Svensmark  

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Panel: How scientists and project developers deal with truth

Climategate – The story of a cover up
Andrew Montford
Bishop Hill Blog

Not at face value – tricky contracts in wind power investments
Tilman Kluge
Bad Sonden am Taunus

Followed by dinner

Saturday – November 26

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panel: Forecasts vs. Scenarios

Climate change between statistics, models and substitute religion
Prof. Dr. Werner Kirstein
Institut für Geographie, Universität Leipzig

Accurate long term weather forecasts are possible
Piers Corbyn
Weather Action, London

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.
The urban legend of the Hockey Stick
Andrew Montford
Bishop Hill Blog

12:15 p.m. – 13:00 p.m.
Investing wisely– opportunities and dangers in alternative energy   

13:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch – at conference venue

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Panel: Climate- and Energy Policy – Wish and Reality

The green economy: Crony capitalism’s newest big idea
Dr. Christopher C. Horner
Center for Energy and Environment – Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC

The costs of Germany’s green energy agenda – plan vs. reality
Prof. Dr. Gerd Ganteför
Universität Konstanz

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Covering their tracks: the IPCC and transparency
Dr. Christopher C. Horner
Center for Energy and Environment – Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Climate policies – a threat to liberty
Prof. Dr. Gerd Habermann
Universität Potsdam, Hayek Society

6:30 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.
Closing remarks
Dr. Holger Thuss
President Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie (EIKE)

7:00 p.m. Reception and end of conference

Link to the programme in pdf

About the Speakers

Prof. Dr. Gerd Habermann is an economic philosopher, lecturer, and political commentator.  Since 2003, he has been an honorary professor at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of Potsdam University (Universität Potsdam).  He was the co-founder of—and inspiration behind—the F.A. von Hayek Society (F.A. von Hayek-Gesellschaft) and the Hayek Foundation for a Free Society (Hayek-Stiftung für eine freie Gesellschaft).  Gerd Habermann studied social and economic history, political science, philosophy, and economics at universities in Frankfurt am Main, Vienna, Tübingen, and Konstanz.  Habermann was awarded a doctoral degree in 1972 after completing a dissertation about the role of the landed gentry and bureaucracy in the development of the German social system.  Following his work as an assistant professor at Heidelberg University (Universität Heidelberg) and Tübingen University (Universität Tübingen), he moved to the economic advisory council of the Christian Democrats (CDU), where he worked as the principal speaker.  Between 1983 and 2010, he worked for the enterprise institute of the “Familienunternehmer/ASU,” which he led beginning in 1993.  Habermann is the author of numerous books and has been published in the Frankfurter Allgemeinen ZeitungNeuen Zürcher Zeitung, and der Welt.  He is also on the editorial board of the magazine Eigentümlich frei.  Habermann has produced over 400 articles and publications.

Dr. Christopher C. Horner serves as a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). As an attorney in Washington, DC Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and Members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts including the Supreme Court. He has written on numerous topics in publications ranging from law reviews to legal and industrial trade journals to print and online opinion pages, and is the author of two best-selling books: Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformedand The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism, which spent half of 2007 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Horner has testified before United States Senate Committees, gave also numerous addresses to audiences in the European Parliament, and before policymakers in many European capitals. He has provided legal, policy and political commentary several hundred times on major TV- and radio networks in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. He has been a frequent contributor in the Washington Times and National Review Online, is a guest columnist for United Press International and OpinionEditorials.com, and has regularly contributed to the Brussels legislative news magazine EU Reporter. He received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis where he received the Judge Samuel Breckenridge Award for Advocacy. Follow Berlin Manhattan Institute for more information about the Energy and Climate Change.

Prof. Dr. Werner Kirstein is a professor of geoinformatics, remote sensing, and climatology at Leipzig University (Universität Leipzig).  He graduated with a degree in physics and geography at Würzburg University (Universität Würzburg) in 1977 after completing a state examination and thesis, “Theoretical Thermodynamics: the Influence of the Solar Activity Cycle on Recent Climate Fluctuations.”  Kirstein continued on to the Jülich Research Center, where he was a research fellow until 1997.  He was also a doctoral adviser at the Internaitonal Institute for Applied Systems Analysis at Laxenburg Palace near Vienna.  In 1981, he earned his doctorate at the University of Würzburg, where he wrote a thesis titled “Frequencies of Correlations between Solar Activity and Climate Elements” and completed his dissertation, “Geographical Distribution Patterns of Recent Climate Variability: Aspects of Climatology in the Northern Hemisphere with Multivariate Methodology.”  Kirstein is the author of numerous essays and books.  Kirstein is currently conducting research investigating the influence of geomorphic factors of climate variability on the Indian subcontinent as well as a geographical study of solar-terrestrial relations with respect to solar activity and main climactic elements.

Prof. Dr. Horst-Joachim Lüdecke, is physicist and did extensive research in nuclear phyiscs. During his profesional career in the commercial sector he established numeric computer models for chemical plants and for fluid dynamics in pipelines. He is author of numerous publications in this field. After leaving industry he became Professor for informatics at the University for Applied Science and Economics of the Saarland. Lüdecke authered the book “CO2 und Klimaschutz, Bouvier-Verlag” where he critically assesses efforts to “save the climate”. He is member of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) where he serves as spokes person.

Andrew Montford is the author of The Hockey Stick Illusion, a best-selling history of the Hockey Stick affair, and the host of Bishop Hill, the UK’s most popular blog for global warming sceptics. He has also written an influential report on the official inquiries into the “Climategate” affair for the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) and has appeared many times in the media as a voice of the sceptic community. He is currently working on a complete history of Climategate and a second report for GWPF.

Prof. Dr. Gernot Patzelt studied geography and meteorology at the University of Innsbruck, and became head of the Institute für Hochgebirgsforschung (Institute for Alpine Research) and the Alpinen Forschungsstelle Obergurgl which he led until his retirement in 2004. During these 40 years he did extensive research on glaciers and climate, with special emphasis on regional aspects. His extensive research expeditions in the Himalayas, Great Pamir, Mt. Kenya and Antarctica, have provided the requisite foundations for his major field of research – alpine conditions – and have enabled him to draw comparisons of global relevance.

The meterologist Klaus-Eckhart Puls began to study natural sciences in Rostock in 1960 and earned his degree in meteorology at the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) in 1968.  Subsequently, he was installed at the Free University until 1970, where he researched atmospheric ozone.  In 1970, Puls began his career at the German Weather Service (Deustcher Wetterdienst); between 1971 and 1978, he worked at the Marine Weather Service at Hamburg (Seewetteramt Hamburg), where he focused on marine weather and navigation and, beginning in 1975, he headed the cargo and vessel meteorology working group.  In addition to numerous stays at sea on cargo and research ships, Puls worked in the climatology standards committee.  Between 1978 and 1984, he was the head of the Agricultural Meteorology Consulting and Research center in Bonn (Agrarmeteorologischen Beratungs- und Forschungsstelle Bonn).  He also lectured in agricultural meteorology at Bonn University (Universität Bonn).  Between 1984 and 2000, he led the Essen Weather Service (Wetteramt Essen) and, following German Reunification, he took on the development and leadership of the Leipzig Weather Service (Wetteramt Leipzig).  Since 1966, more than 150 of his articles about weather, climate, ozone, shipping meteorology, agricultural meteorology, allergy, and the history of science have been published in various scientific and popular scientific publications.

Prof. Dr. Nir J. Shaviv is a member of the Racah Institute of Physics in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. According to PhysicaPlus: “…his research interests cover a wide range of topics in astrophysics. Most are related to the application of fluid dynamics, radiation transfer or high energy physics to a wide range of objects – from stars and compact objects to galaxies and the early universe. His studies on the possible relationships between cosmic rays’ intensity and the Earth’s climate, and the Milky Way’s Spiral Arms and Ice Age Epochs on Earth were widely echoed in the scientific literature, as well as in the general press.”

Prof. Dr. Dr Henrik Svensmark is director of the Center for Sun-Climate Research at the Danish Space Research Institute (DSRI), a part of the Danish National Space Center. He previously headed the sun-climate group at DSRI. He held postdoctoral positions in physics at three other organizations: University of California, Berkeley, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Niels Bohr Institute.
 In 1997, Svensmark and Eigil Friis-Christensen popularised a theory that linked galactic cosmic rays and global climate change mediated primarily by variations in the intensity of the solar wind, which they have termed cosmoclimatology. He detailed his theory of cosmoclimatology in a paper published in 2007. The Center for Sun-Climate Research at the Danish National Space Institute “investigates the connection between solar activity and climatic changes on Earth”. Svensmark and Nigel Calder published a book The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change (2007) describing the Cosmoclimatology theory that cosmic rays “have more effect on the climate than manmade CO2″:
”During the last 100 years cosmic rays became scarcer because unusually vigorous action by the Sun batted away many of them. Fewer cosmic rays meant fewer clouds-and a warmer world.”

Prof. Dr. Jan Veizer is a distinguished university professor of geology at the University of Ottawa (emeritus since April 2004), where he held the NSERC/Noranda/CIAR Research Chair in Earth Systems and, from 1992 to 2004, concurrently served as director of the Earth System Evolution Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). He recently retired also as chair of Sedimentary and Isotope Geology at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. He has drawn on the principles of geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology to paint a picture of the Earth as a dynamic, “living” entity. This complex and innovative framework may afford us a glimpse of the future of our planet and help us to understand the impact mankind has had.

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