Future Earth Summit


August 27-30, 2018  
Bonn, Germany

Full Agenda Handout

Future Earth will hold its second Summit in Bonn on August 27-29, 2018. The Summit, hosted by the German Future Earth Committee in cooperation with UNU and DFG, will convene the Global Research Projects (GRPs), Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs) and the Secretariat, with the participation of the Advisory Committee’s Co-Chairs. The Summit will be followed on August 30th by a meeting of the international offices of the Global Research Projects (IPO Day) at the UN building, Langer Eugen, Bonn.

The Summit will open with a dinner on August 27th (18:00-21:00) at the Institut de France of Bonn. This dinner will be an opportunity for setting the scene, with introductory talks by Johan Rockström and Leena Srivastava, Future Earth Advisory Committee Co-Chairs, and Amy Luers, Executive Director of the Future Earth Secretariat.

On August 28-29, the Summit will be held at the Wissenschaftszentrum. Through plenary and breakout group discussions, the Summit will advance the identification and definition of major Global Systemic Challenges. These challenges are cross-cutting focus areas where Future Earth has a vital role to play through advancing a systems-based approach to the SDGs and where GRPs and KANs can bring their expertise and experience in co-design, regional approaches and policy-oriented research. In addition, the Summit will provide the Future Earth community with the opportunity to discuss how our working relationships should be strengthened in order to collectively deliver on our main goals, including major outputs such as the annual science report and the Earth Targets initiative.

Meeting Summary Report

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Coming to Bonn by plane / train
Venues + Local transport
Accommodations in Bonn
Social Programme
General Information


Introduction working Dinner 
27 August 2018
From 6 PM to 9 PM
Place: Institut Français Bonn, Adenauerallee 35, 53113 Bonn
Participants: GRPs, KANs, Advisory Committee co-chairs
Future Earth Summit
28-29 August 2018
Place: Wissenschaftszentrum, Bonn, Germany
Participants: GRPs, KANs, Advisory Committee co-chairs
See the Future Earth Summit draft agenda
-more to come-
Meeting of the International Project Offices (IPOs)
30 August 2018
Place: UN building, Langer Eugen, Bonn
Participants: IPO members
See the IPO days draft agenda
-more to come-

Social Programme

Working Dinner: 
On Monday, August 27th evening
From 6 PM to 9PM
Place: Institut Français Bonn, Adenauerallee 35, 53113 Bonn
Welcome Reception:
On Tuesday, August 28th 2018
Place: Altes Rathaus Bonn, Markt 2, 53111 Bonn
Organised by German Committee in cooperation with UNU and DFG
When: 7pm to 9pm
- Reinhard Limbach (Deputy Mayor of Bonn) : Welcome to the city of Bonn
- Dorothee Szwonnek (Secretary General DFG): Welcome, DFG, global change research in Germany
- Johann Rockström/Leena Shrivastava (Co-Chairs of Advisory Commettee of Future earth)
- Amy Luers (Executive Director of Future Earth)
Information: There will be a bus transfer organized


Coordination Officer, Future Earth- Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 44 27 61 30
Local host:
Ms. Juliane Barth
 +49 (0) 431 600 4288
Mr. Johannes Lundershausen 
 +49 (0) 711 490 042 41

Coming to Bonn by plane / train

We recommend that participants book their flights to the Cologne/Bonn (Köln/Bonn) airport as it is located closest to Bonn and travel times are the shortest. Depending on the time of booking, tickets from Frankfurt airport to Bonn cost between 25 - 100 EUR, around 20 EUR from Dusseldorf airport to Bonn  and around 8 EUR from Cologne/Bonn Airport .
Transfer from Frankfurt am Main airport to Bonn Hauptbahnhof (main railway station)
The national rail service (Deutsche Bahn) offers several connections at different times a day. The following routes are most convenient:
  • Directly to Bonn Hauptbahnhof (approx. 1:45 h)
  • Via Siegburg/Bonn (approx. 1:15 h)
Transfer from Köln-Bonn airport to Bonn Hauptbahnhof (main railway station)
  • Take bus SB60 towards Bonn Hauptbahnhof – it operates every 30 minutes on weekdays.

Venues + Local transport

Future Earth Summit venue in Bonn:  
The meeting will take place at:
Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn
 +49 (0) 228 302 0 
 Ahrstr. 45, 53175 Bonn
The website is in German but you can download a PDF 
flyer in English here: 
Getting to the venue from Bonn Hauptbahnhof (main railway station):
  • Take underground (U-Bahn) line 16 or 63 towards ‘Stadthalle’ / ‘Bad Godesberg’; Stop at ‘Hochkreuz/Deutsches Museum Bonn’
  • Take bus 610 or 611 towards ‘Pappelweg’ / ‘Heiderhof’; Stop at ‘Kennedyallee’
At the venue:
The meeting will take place in the following rooms: 
  • S1/S2 – Plenary 
  • S3/S4 – Workshop room 1
  • 152/152a – Workshop room 2

Directions from U-Bahn station ‘Hochkreuz/ Deutsches Museum’


Directions from bus stop ‘Kennedyallee’

Future Earth IPO Meeting Venue: 
United Nations Campus Bonn, Langer Eugen 
+49 (0)228-815-2774
Hermann-Ehlers-Straße 10, 53113 Bonn
Getting to the venue from Hauptbahnhof (main railway station):
  • Take underground (U-Bahn) line 16, 63 or 66 towards Bad Godesberg/ Königswinter 
  • Stop at “Heussallee” 
  • Take the “Deutsche Welle” exit & follow the signs to the UN Campus.
At the venue:
  • The meeting will take place in room 2309
  • Please allow for extra time to pass through UN security 
  • Please bring your passport for identification

Directions from U-Bahn station 'Heussallee'

Accommodations in Bonn:

A block booking of up to 70 rooms has been made at eight hotels. All hotels are centrally located in Bonn at just a few minutes walking distance from the ground transportation. Further information about travel arrangements and accommodation will be sent by email. Please book your hotel as soon as possible!
For questions concerning travel and hotels, please contact: luisa.schalck@futureearth.org
Here is a list of the hotels:
Hotel Mercedes
Hotel Garni & Apartments
Maarflach 17a
53113 Bonn 
Tel: +49 (0) 228 91800 490
Hotel Astoria
Hausdorffstraße 105-113
53129 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0) 228/9696 490
Fax: +49 (0)228/9696 49-999
Insel Hotel 
Theaterplatz 5-7
53177 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0)228 35 000
Fax: +49 (0)228 35 00 333
Living Hotel Kanzler
Adenauerallee 148 
53113 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0)228 6844 153
Fax: +49 (0)228 6844 160
Best Western Hotel Domicil
Thomas-Mann-Str. 24–26 
53111 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0)228 72 90 90
Fax: +49 (0)228 72 90 999
Hotel Europa
Thomas-Mann-Str. 7 
53111 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0) 228 60 880
Fax: +49 (0) 228 60 88 199
Rheinhotel Dreesen
Rheinstraße 45-49
53179 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0)228 82 020
Fax: +49(0)228 - 82 02 153
IBIS Hotel Bonn 
Vorgebirgsstraße 33 
53119 Bonn
Tel: +49 (0) 228 7266 0  
Fax: +49 (0)228 7266 405


General Information:

Visa to enter Germany:
If you need a visa support letter from the local host, please contact Johannes Lundershausen:
Time Zone:
CEST (UTC + 2 hours)
Electric plugs and socket
Voltage (volts) : 230 V
Frequency (hertz) : 50 Hz
Plug type : F /C / E


Average temperatures in August:
High       Low         Precip
24°C        14 °C        56 mm
75.2°F      57.2°F      2.20  in
Local currency:
The official currency in Germany is Euro (€)
1 EUR = 1.17 USD = 127.91 japanese ¥ = 7.51 chinese ¥
A University Hospital, UKB University of Bonn, is located 20 minutes away (by car) from the Wissenschaftszentrum.