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Program Overview

Europe’s first major event dedicated to advancing corporate adaptation to climate change

Corporate Climate Adaptation

Nov 6     2024, Berlin, Germany


1: CLIMATE REALISM                       9:00 - 12:15

Shift your mind, based on facts about the state of the global climate and its current and foreseeable impacts.

2: ADAPTATION IN PRACTICE       13:15 - 16:15

Learn from latest innovations during the adaptation pitch competition &  insights into companies current and planned efforts to adapt to climate change, incl. common challenges, pitfalls and promising solutions. Attend workshops to learn from others’ experiences and successful practices.

3: ADVANCING ADAPTABILITY      16:45 - 18:45 

Obtain an overview of key enablers for successful corporate adaptation, covering the realms of governance, strategy, corporate culture, operations, finance and technology. Engage with your peers to build momentum for learning, change and action.

Adaptation Club Night                   19:00 - ...

It’s time to switch from doomsday to boomsday and toast to a resilient future. The atmosphere will be as hot as our planet, but in the best way possible. Don’t miss this chance to unwind, dance the night away, and celebrate our collective efforts for #TheShift. Let’s turn up the heat and make this night one to remember! Incl. Adaptation Pitch Award cerenomy. 

Detailed Program 

(subject to change)


The current and foreseeable impacts of climate change

9:00 - 12:15  Wednesday, November 6

09:00 – 10:00


☕  Enjoy coffee, tea & cookies. Meet the adaptation community. 🍪


10:00 – 10:15 


Speakers: The Shift Team | Facilitator: Ina Karabasz (Handelsblatt) 


10:15 – 10:45

The State, Trajectory and Impacts of the Global Climate 

Speaker: Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf (Potsdam Institut) 


10:45 – 11:15

Readying Ourselves for Climate Collapse: Deep Adaptation 

Speaker: Prof. Jem Bendell, Professor emeritus of the University of Cumbria, International Scholars’ Warning on Societal Disruption and Collapse  


11:15 – 11:45

Realistic Climate Conversations 

Facilitated participant interaction | Facilitator: Ina Karabasz (Handelsblatt) 


11:45 – 12:15 

Panel Discussion: Climate Perceptions & Realities 

Panelists: Katharina Beck, Member of the German Parliament , Prof. Bendell, Prof. Rahmstorf) | Facilitator: Ina Karabasz (Handelsblatt) 


12:15 to 13:15

🍽️ LUNCH 🍽️


Adaptation Pitch Competition & Insights into companies’ efforts to adapt to climate change

13:15 - 16:00  Wednesday, November 6

13:15 – 13:30 

Kick-Off: Dimensions of Corporate Adaptation 

Preparatory words for insight sessions, including the introduction of an adaptation framework to support thinking about different kinds of adaptation efforts. 

Speaker: The Shift Team 

13:30 – 14:15 

Adaptation-Pitch competition 

Up to 15 adaptation StartUps & Solutions are presenting their promising way forward in a 3min "firework" - 
Jury (tbd) incl. representatives from World Economic Forum et al


14:15 – 16:15


Multiple parallel 60min sessions to take a practical look at current adaptation efforts. 

Currently planned sessions include: 


  • Tackling New Health Risks - how Global Health need to adapt to climate change | Dr. Jutta Reinhard Rupp, Head of Global Health Institute, Merck (requested) 


More to be announced soon.


16:15 – 16:45 



Individual and systemic enablers for corporate adaptation

16:45 - 18:45  Wednesday, November 6

16:45 – 17:00


How to connect the dots and build "TheShift" momentum in your organization

Speaker: The Shift Team 

17:00 – 17:30 

Interactive Panel: Reflections on the State of Adaptation 

Panelists: Selected hosts from insights workshops meeting adaptation research


17:30 – 17.45

C-Level Leadership for Adaptation 

Speaker: Jenny Kwan, Director for Climate Action & Accountability, World Business Council for Sustainable Development  


17:45 – 18:00

How businesses can work with governments, international organisations and communities to adapt  

Speaker: Sebastian Buckup, World Economic Forum 


18:00 – 18:30

Panel: The future of adaptation 

Panelists: Jenny Kwan from WBCSD, WEF, further special guests | Facilitator: Ina Karabasz (Handelsblatt)  


18:30 – 18:45

Wrap-up & Outlook 

Speakers: The Shift Team 

19:00 – ?


The doomsday dance party

(Incl. Adaptation Pitch Competition Award Cerenomy)

"Partners & Speakers" Dinner

November 5th 2024, Berlin, Germany

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