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Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte was elected as new member of the German Acadamy of Science and Engineering

26 October 2010. The General Assembly of acatech - German Academy of Science and Engineering elected Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte, Director of Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, as a new member. acatech represents the interests of sciences and technology in Germany and abroad. As a working academy, acatech supports policy makers and society with technically qualified evaluations and far-sighted recommendations. Furthermore the academy provides a platform for exchange between the sciences and business and is committed to supporting young scientists and engineers. The members of acatech are admitted into the organisation based on their outstanding scientific achievements and excellent reputation.
More information on the acatech-website.


A good start at the Alfred Wegener Institute

21 October 2010. All employees who recently started working at the Alfred Wegener Institute were invited to an AWI Welcome Event on Thursday. In addition to Prof. Karin Lochte’s address of welcome on behalf of the directorate, the scientific divisions as well as administrative and infrastructural departments and committees like the staff council introduced themselves. A good chance to get to know responsible contact persons and to learn more about AWI’s work. “Know I feel a little bit more at home”, said for example Xuezhu Wang from the Ocean University of China. But the Alfred Wegener Institute is not only a very popular place of work for scientists. „I couldn’t imagine a better apprenticeship“, said Marc Fanno, trainee in the computing and data center. And his colleague Daniel Fricke added: „This meeting today is very good for getting a first contact to the scientists.“ The Welcome Event ended with a guided tour on the research vessel Polarstern.




Ostend Declaration calls for a Blue Future for Europe

Ostende Declaration  Photo VLIZ

14 October 2010. Marine scientists from across Europe gathered in Ostend at the EurOCEAN 2010 Conference from 12 – 13 October to discuss the future priorities for European marine research in the coming decade and unanimously agree that the "Seas and Oceans are one of the Grand Challenges for the 21st Century". This message is the headline of the Ostend Declaration which was adopted on the second day of the conference following a broad consultation with the marine and maritime research community and relevant stakeholders in Europe in the months leading up to the conference. The declaration will act as a guideline to address the grand challenges and opportunities facing Europe’s seas and oceans in the coming decade. Presenting the Ostend Declaration to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Lars Horn (Marine Board-ESF chair) said: “The marine community has identified the key challenges facing us in the coming years. Across Europe, scientists are working together to ensure the potential health and wealth that could come from our seas and oceans. In return, there is a need to safeguard the future health of our seas too. We need to underpin this by observing and monitoring changes.” Máire Geoghegan-Quinn welcomed the Ostend Declaration “as an impetus for new ideas to boost marine research to innovate and address the challenges represented by our seas and oceans”.
Read more on the website EurOCEAN 2010 and see the declaration on the conference-website.


Science goes art: By pedal boat to an iceberg – 35000 people visited the Ruhr Atoll

Iceberg at Ruhr Atoll Photo:Ruhr 2010 Jan Pauly

12 October 2010. Sounds of the Antarctic Ocean in the middle of the Ruhr area. What happens, when art is exploring science – and science gets involved into art, was shown for 150 days in Essen. Since the opening in May, 35.000 visitors traveld by pedal boat to the Ruhr Atoll with its five swimming art islands in the Baldeneysee. Artists and scientists had been invited to develop together swimming works of art. 20 internationally well known artists designed models and concepts for the so called Ruhr Atoll. For the installation in the lake five projects were selected by a jury. Among the „winners“ was the „Iceberg“, which was designed by the artist Andreas Kaiser and the polar reseacher Dr. Lars Kindermann from the Alfred Wegener Institut. A container like the  Perennial Acoustic Observatory in the Antarctic Ocean (PALAOA) was installed in the artifical iceberg.  PALAOA was set up in December 2005 on the Ekström ice shelf, near the German Neumayer Station. Since then, it almost continuously records the underwater soundscape in the vicinity of the ice shelf edge. Some of these sounds were integrated by the artist and the scientist into the artifical iceberg, which visitors reached by pedal boat. Four people at a time were allowed to go inside the iceberg to listen to the sounds of the Antarctic Ocean. More information: website of the art project Ruhr Atoll, sounds from Antarctica: PALAOA website


Albert Maucher Award 2010 for Palaeoclimate Researcher Ulrike Herzschuh

10 October 2010. Assistant professor Ulrike Herzschuh from the Potsdam Research Unit of the Alfred Wegener Institute  for Polar and Marine Research receives this year's Albert-Maucher Award. The German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) honours the palaeoclimate scientist for excellent geological research. The prize worth 10.000 Euro is going to be awarded Octobre 10th in Frankfurt. Further information:  DFG press release; press release Potsdam university...


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