The next two KOSMOS-Lesungen, which will take place in the upcoming summer semester, are all about water. In their lectures, Naho Mirumachi (King’s College London) and Dieter Gerten (PIK, HU Berlin) emphasise that we urgently need a new way of dealing with water.

Naho Mirumachi focuses on the relationship between water and society and calls for a new water agenda driven by water diplomacy. Dieter Gerten argues for a new water ethic by developing a panorama of current water crises and those that will worsen in the future, but he also points out possible solutions.

In a KOSMOS workshop with Dieter Gerten and Theresa Frommen (IRI THESys), participants can furthermore explore the traces of virtual water and measure their own water footprint.


05 May 2022, 18.00-19.30
KOSMOS-Lesung with Naho Mirumachi
A water agenda fit for our times
Digital via Zoom
More information: Open Humboldt website

29 June 2022, 19.00-20.30
KOSMOS-Lesung with Dieter Gerten
Wasserkrise in der Klimakrise: was nun?
HU Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Senatssaal
More information: Open Humboldt website

29 June 2022
KOSMOS-Workshop with Dieter Gerten & Theresa Frommen
Ich sehe Was(ser), was du nicht siehst
More information will be available soon

What is the KOSMOS Lecture Series?

In his famous Kosmos lectures given in 1827/28, Alexander von Humboldt brought the whole world and every scientific discipline within the span of his attention. He looked at the world from a global perspective in which natural and cultural phenomena are connected in a mutual symbiosis. With the new KOSMOS Lecture Series, which has started in 2019, the Humboldt-Universität is following this tradition from a present-day point of view with two lectures per semester.