Scientific exchange: We welcome a delegation of Fudan University, Shanghai

A delegation of high-level representatives, led by Prof. Dr. Renhe Zhang, the former Vice-President of Fudan University, visits the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) on 21-22 May 2024.

For the Chinese visitors the exchange with scientists at the MPI-M is the concluding part of a tour in connection with the 14th International Conference on Air Quality in Helsinki in May 2024, with further stops at the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, as well as the University of Helsinki.  Fudan University, located in Shanghai, China, is one of the country's most prestigious and selective universities. Founded in 1905, originally as Fudan Public School, it has grown into a comprehensive research university. It plays a crucial role in developing China's education, science, and culture, and it actively engages in international cooperation and exchanges. The Institute of Atmospheric Sciences (IAS) and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) were founded in April 2016 and in April 2018, respectively. Renhe Zhang, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was appointed as the first dean of both IAS and AOS. The AOS and IAS are working together to promote the development of atmospheric sciences and oceanic sciences at Fudan University. In this spirit, the MPI-M will provide insights into their current research agenda, present latest developments and accomplishments, as well as evaluate the potential for joint research projects and collaborations.

The visit commences with a half-day meeting focusing on the Monitoring, Analysis, and Prediction of Air Quality (MAP-AQ), co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Guy Brasseur. This international initiative is an emerging activity within the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project and contributes to the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) program of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Prof. Dr. Guy Brasseur serves as the co-chair of MAP-AQ. Following this, the delegation tours "Levante", a high-performance computer dedicated to German climate research, located at the adjacent German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ).

The joint workshop "Bridging Perspectives - Exploring Climate Change Dynamics in a Global Context" forms part of the visit. Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke, the Managing Director of MPI-M, welcomes the guests and leads over to Prof. Dr. Yafang Cheng, head of the Minerva Independent Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry for her talk on the future perspective of aerosol chemistry research topics at MPI-C. The workshop brings together experts from MPI-M and the Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society” (CLICCS) with our guests from Fudan University. The scope is showcasing latest advancements in developing a new generation climate model, planning observational campaigns, and exploring the interplay between climate and society. A focal point of the discussions is the ambitious initiative to upgrade the ICON model to be "exascale-ready” — a collaborative effort between MPI-M and the German meteorological service DWD.

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Fudan University

Project MAP-AQ

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society”


Dr. Chao Li
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Prof. Dr. Guy Brasseur
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology