The Potsdam Conventus, Germany
Embedded in a large structure of legislative and administrative processes, the new research and innovation framework program of the European Union 'Horizon Europe' promises to offer vast opportunities for research and scientific progress in Earth System Sciences. While optimistic voices in the EU Commission and the European Parliament expect the program to start by 2021, last until 2027 and to come with an overall budget of more than 100 Billion Euro, the intense budget negotiations between the member states, as well as major agenda setting and lobbying activities are still critical and ongoing. Societal and economic impacts of the research and innovation ventures will have to be strong and well visible. The presentation tries to offer a structured approach to specific funding opportunities for geologic research, to funds for educational activities and possible ways to become part of a program building process which will run through the whole lifetime of the Horizon Europe program.