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Scientific expertise is now regarded as an important resource in order to develop solutions to societal problems. They should inform political actors and the public about associated problems, develop solutions and highlight areas of action to be taken. A science which aims to be relevant in society, therefore must make these social problems their starting point.
The 2016 Berlin Conference invited scholars and practitioners to discuss questions arising from the new and universal global climate agreement adopted at the UN climate change conference in Paris on 12 December 2015. In the light of the continuity and change that Paris will bring, the discussions and knowledge exchange evolved around international climate policy and politics in the larger context of global governance and the challenges of a transformation towards sustainable development in a turbulent world.