SOCIETY – CLIMATE
WITH REAL AGENTS
Time Travels Into the Climate Future
The non-profit SCIARA organisation develops scientific online games that enable thousands of players to explore, design and understand possible climate futures together.
Decision-makers in politics, business and society can use these games to test climate protection measures for social acceptance in advance so that they can act more quickly and confidently for the climate.
The Decision-Making Dilemma
Understanding Social Dynamics –
Acting Effectively Against Climate Change.
Time is pressing. Climate change presents us with major challenges. But which measures are effective and socially acceptable? Changes are only possible together with citizens, not against them.
How can decision-makers in politics, business and society act effectively without losing their voters, customers, employees or supporters?
SCIARA simulates interactions between climate change, climate mitigation policies and real human behaviour. In this way, socially viable regulations can be identified and confidently implemented.
Learn more about conditions for real solutions here.
A New Approach to Social-Ecological Modelling
We Do Not Simulate People.
We Work With Them.
The SCIARA idea is also based on scientific models. However, only on those of natural, technical and economic systems. Unlike other approaches, we do not even try to model people in software. Instead, we let many real humans interact in different roles with the model at the same time, like in a multiplayer online game.
The participants make decisions about their lifestyle – in the role of “citizen”, for example, about consumption, diet, investments, travel, housing, mobility and political preferences.
Participants in the role of “government” would additionally make decisions about ordinances and the introduction of laws in parliament.
All participants can communicate with each other about their decisions in the game.
This creates journeys through time with realistic social dynamics.
Different scenarios over a longer simulation time can be played out in short real time.
With this, we can continue for the next months.
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Top Scientific Partner
SCIARA works closely with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), one of the world’s leading research institutes on climate change.
PIK advises us on all scientific questions, provides the models at the core of our system and supports us in designing the simulation scenarios.
Current Decision-Making Strategies Are Inadequate
Current research approaches attempt to model human behaviour using statistical variables, systems of equations or software agents. However, these methods are not able to model the complexity of human behaviour sufficiently well. Read more here.
Be Among the First Participants!
We are now starting the registration of people interested in participating in SCIARA simulations. Please use the form here.
The SCIARA Web App Coming Soon
Scientific and Descriptive
SCIARA will soon make it possible to participate in climate simulation games anonymously and for free via a special website that can be used on PCs as well as mobile on tablets and smartphones.
SCIARA Picks Up Speed
What Has Already Been Achieved?
- SCIARA GmbH founded with eight parties
- Cooperation agreement with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research signed
- Click dummies & screen designs created
- Technical proof of concept with climate models and SCIARA platform achieved
- Development team established with 9 software professionals
- First demo version is in advanced development and will be available for “friendly users” at the end of January.
- High-profile scientific consortium assembled for scientific advice and EU funding applications
- Evaluation of our idea by EU evaluators: 5/5 points for “Impact”
The SCIARA Approach
Examples of Use
SCIARA Can Be Adapted to Concrete Questions
Whether locally or globally, whether in areas of mobility, energy supply or nutrition – social acceptance counts everywhere.
People’s perspectives also differ: the politician assesses measures differently from the manager, the citizen assesses them differently from the farmer.
Sciara cannot answer all questions – but it can answer many. Here you can soon find out how it works with the help of four examples of use.
The SCIARA Founders
After letting go of my company Xenium in 2019, I was excited to see what new tasks would present themselves – and then Daniel inspired me with his idea. I am an entrepreneur, consultant and companion with spiritual roots.
I had the original idea for SCIARA. After more than 25 years as an IT professional, and life-long enthusiasm for simulating complex systems, I have found my purpose in SCIARA. And I am still full of ideas for it…
The SCIARA Implementation Team
The SCIARA team, which is spread all over Germany, consists of specialists for requirements engineering, application design, software development and testing.
We work according to the agile Scrum methodology – every two to three weeks, a new executable version of the SCIARA software is created that can do more than the last one.
This allows us to react quickly to findings and feedback.
The SCIARA Science Partners
Combating climate change is a complex task that can only be tackled with an interdisciplinary approach.
SCIARA therefore works closely with a number of research institutes:
In addition to one of the world’s leading institutes for climate and climate impact research, these are primarily research institutions that study the social and psychological patterns and mechanisms of the transition to sustainable behaviour.
Even an artificial intelligence Institute is involved, which will work, for example, on enriching SCIARA simulations with AI-generated media reports in different “flavours” on events and developments.
The SCIARA Joint Venture
IT Competence Against Climate Change
SCIARA GmbH is a partnership of six medium-sized German IT companies and two individuals. All shareholders share a common passion to use their expertise in software development and project management to do something about climate change and to ensure greater sustainability.
SCIARA GmbH is a non-profit organisation. The distribution of profits is excluded in the statutes of the GmbH. The shareholders have committed to financing the development of a first version of the SCIARA platform.