Climate Protection Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation visit the MPI-M

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20 future climate experts from South America, Asia and Africa developing countries and climate protection fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation visited the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology.

With the International Climate Protection Fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables prospective leaders in academia and industry to implement a research-based proposal in the field of climate protection or climate-related resource conservation during a one-year stay in Germany. The research projects of the fellows 2018-2019 cover a wide portfolio, ranging from energy, emission, transport through to agricultural topics. Prior to their research stay in Germany the fellows are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the current social, political, cultural, economic and historical dimensions of climate protection and resource conservation in Germany during a three-week introductory seminar at different institutions within Germany.

This year’s programme included a visit at the MPI-M. Professor Claussen, director of the department “The Land in the Earth System” welcomed the guests and gave an introduction of the institute and its major research topics. Then Professor Uwe Schneider from the University of Hamburg gave an introduction to the Big Picture of Land Use and Climate Change. Young PhD students and postdoctoral scientists from all three departments – among them the Humboldt research fellows Nicola Maher (Dep. Prof. Marotzke) and James Ruppert (Dep. Prof. Stevens) then presented recent research activities and took the fellows out for lunch. Later in the day, the fellows could gain insight into the special features of the powerful high-performance computing system and the enormous data archive at DKRZ. The day finished with an interesting visit to the Energiebunker in Wilhelmsberg, and an amazing view under that solar panels of Hamburg lit up in the evening.

The next station on their introduction seminar is GERICS, the Climate Service Center Germany.

Dr. James Ruppert
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 40 41173 144

Email: james.ruppert@we dont want

Dr. Nicola Maher
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 40 41173 158

Email: nicola.maher@we dont want