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Kick-off Meeting in Bonn

by Birgit Müller

In January, shortly after our group was complete, we travelled to Bonn where all the Junior Research Groups funded along with our own got to meet and socialise. In a former theological seminary converted into part retirement home and part fancy hotel, 19 projects from all over Germany and from a wide array of disciplines presented their research agendas, evidently all connected to ‘global change.’

This is where the other projects are based and what they do, in a few words:

ProjectInstitutionField / Topic / Case Studies
EnergyCulturesZU FriedrichshafenScience and Technology Studies / Knowledge about Energy Systems / Germany
TransReU BonnGeography / Migration and the Environment in the Place of Origin / Thailand
Cascade UseU OldenburgEngineering / Material Life Cycles / Cars
ScreenForBioIZW BerlinBiodiversity Assessment / SE Asia
REPICOREZMT BremenCoral Reefs
MOPMU GöttingenThe Oak Procession Moth and its Consequences / Germany
GLANCEIGB BerlinStream Ecosystems / Effects of Climate Change on Invertebrates / Germany
PREMIUMKIT KarlsruheMeteorology / Prediction of Weather Extremes Based on Soil Moisture Monitoring / Mediterranean
CoSy-CC²PIK PotsdamComplex Systems / Data-driven Knowledge Discovery
SacreXPIK PotsdamModelling Atmospheric Circulation
RuralFuturesTU BerlinEcology / Afforestation / Uruguay
GLOCONFU BerlinArea Studies / Conflicts about Resources / Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa
MACMITPIK PotsdamGlobal Models for Agricultural Management Systems
WaterPowerHU BerlinGeography / Water Security / Accra, Ghana
SGD-NUTZMT BremenSubmarine Groundwater Discharge / Tropical Islands
NitrosphereTI BrunswickReactive Nitrogen
IDAS-GHGFZ JülichMeasuring Greenhouse Gases / Germany
INOWASTU DresdenWeb-based Decision Support System

Fortunately, there were sufficient coffee breaks between the presentation sessions where we would hang out and strike up conversations in front of the posters each project had prepared. As nearly all involved scholars were rather young, everyone was on an equal footing and the event’s atmosphere was enjoyable and inspirational. We even identified some potential partners for future cooperation.

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