Christian Laukemper

Citizen Deliberation

Climate targets on their own do not guarantee success. To achieve them, concrete measures and a joint learning process between science, politics, business and society are needed. Citizens have therefore been involved in the research on the energy transition from the very beginning of the Ariadne project through a variety of dialogue and deliberation formats.1Deliberation means “consultation” or “consideration”. A deliberation process involves people coming together under fair conditions, exchanging views and arguments, weighing them up and learning from each other. Joint decisions should not be based on majority voting, but on convincing arguments that are discussed together in a process of understanding. In the first phase of Ariadne, people were involved in research questions regarding the transport and electricity transition (see archive); in the second phase, the focus of deliberation is on the distribution effects of climate measures, the transition of the heating sector and, once again, the transport sector.

The second phase will kick off with the Ariadne Citizens’ Conference in June 2024, here 150 randomly selected citizens from all over Germany will discuss these three topics. The aim is to understand alternative political courses of action and their effects and to evaluate them together as part of a communication process between society and science. Previous research methods will be supplemented by the views of citizens through the deliberation process. The aim is to have as diverse a range of social perspectives as possible represented at the individual events.

Questions and Answers

What is “deliberation”?

What does citizen participation mean in the Ariadne project?

Who takes part in the citizens’ deliberation?

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Review of the first phase of Ariadne Citizens’ Deliberation (2020-2023)


Dialogue formats


What else is there?

  • Ariadne’s thematic focus: Ariadne explores energy transition strategies across a range of sectors, for example, in addition to electricity and transport transition, heat transition or industrial transition. Read more
  • Copernicus projects: Ariadne is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a total of 30 million euros over three years and is part of the Copernicus research initiative. As the fourth Copernicus pillar, Ariadne complements the ENSURE , P2X and SynErgie projects. Together, the Kopernikus projects form one of the largest German research initiatives on the subject of energy transition. Read more
  • Where are we on the road to climate neutrality? Ariadne’s Transformation Tracker provides a good overview.
  • CO2-price calculator: How to proceed with CO2 pricing and also with offsetting is hotly debated. An interactive “CO2-price calculator”, created by Ariadne project partner MCC (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change), now provides orientation. Read more
  • Follow the Ariadne thread on X @AriadneProjekt and LinkedIn.