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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:

Project Institution Field / Topic / Case Studies
EnergyCultures ZU Friedrichshafen Science and Technology Studies / Knowledge about Energy Systems / Germany
TransRe U Bonn Geography / Migration and the Environment in the Place of Origin / Thailand
Cascade Use U Oldenburg Engineering / Material Life Cycles / Cars
ScreenForBio IZW Berlin Biodiversity Assessment / SE Asia
REPICORE ZMT Bremen Coral Reefs
MOPM U Göttingen The Oak Procession Moth and its Consequences / Germany
GLANCE IGB Berlin Stream Ecosystems / Effects of Climate Change on Invertebrates / Germany
PREMIUM KIT Karlsruhe Meteorology / Prediction of Weather Extremes Based on Soil Moisture Monitoring / Mediterranean
CoSy-CC² PIK Potsdam Complex Systems / Data-driven Knowledge Discovery
SacreX PIK Potsdam Modelling Atmospheric Circulation
RuralFutures TU Berlin Ecology / Afforestation / Uruguay
GLOCON FU Berlin Area Studies / Conflicts about Resources / Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa
MACMIT PIK Potsdam Global Models for Agricultural Management Systems
WaterPower HU Berlin Geography / Water Security / Accra, Ghana
SGD-NUT ZMT Bremen Submarine Groundwater Discharge / Tropical Islands
Nitrosphere TI Brunswick Reactive Nitrogen
IDAS-GHG FZ Jülich Measuring Greenhouse Gases / Germany
INOWAS TU Dresden Web-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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