PIK was founded in 1992 and is a non-profit organization. The constitutional organs are the General Meeting, the Board of Trustees, the Management Board and the Scientific Advisory Board. PIK currently has around 330 employees.

PIK is a member of the Leibniz Association and is funded to a roughly equal extent by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of Brandenburg. In 2013, the institute received around 14.6 million euros in institutional funding. Additional project funding from external sources amounted to around 13.2 million euros.

Research at PIK is organized in four interdisciplinary Research Domains. The Executive Staff, Administration and IT-Services support the scientific activities.


PIK addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development.

Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision making.

The main methodologies are systems and scenarios analysis, modelling,
computer simulation, and data integration.