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founded in the year 2007
City Jena
Country Germany
Website www.eike-klima-energie.eu
address Unstrutweg 2, 07743 Jena
founder Holger Thuß
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Climate Change Skeptics
Last revision 25.11.2019
Output of EIKE 2023
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Books, Peer reviewed pubs., Studies, Articles, Policy papers, Op-eds, Newspaper articles, Blogs, Periodicals, Podcasts (audio), Podcasts (video), Conferences, Seminars/workshops, Lecturers/talks, Briefings, Others, </pbars>

EIKE (Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie e.V.) is a German Think Tank dealing with policy issues related to climate change. They are widely known to be climate sceptical. EIKE is strictly opposing the general consent that human activities are contributing to climate change consequences. In their point of view, Climate Change only serves governments to patronize the economy and its populations. EIKE claims to be politically neutral but has ties to the right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) which denies man made global warming as well.

Organizational Structure and Funding

The Think Tank is financed by the contributions of its members and donations.


Unstrutweg 2, 07743 Jena


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.


Members are not actively engaged in the institution, but have some rights (participation in certain events...). Sometimes members have to pay extensive yearly fees.

  • Ian Plimer, Professor (geologist), University of Adelaide
  • Gernot Patzelt, Professor (High Altitude Mountain Research) Universität Innsbruck
  • Dieter Ameling, Professor (degreed engineer) Technische Universität Clausthal

Working mode, goals

platform for discussion and scientific publication; public education;


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • Environment/Climate Action