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05.07.2017

Dr. Kerstin Hürkamp presents the results of her VAO sub-project at the EU in Brussels.

Dr. Kerstin Hürkamp presents the results of her VAO sub-project at the EU

On 29.06.2017 the Bavarian State Minister Ulrike Scharf invited Dr. Kerstin Hürkamp from the Institute of Radiation Protection, Helmholtz Zentrum München, to present the results of her VAO sub-project on the panel discussion „Climate Change – Identify and act on risks“ of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection representing the Free State Bavaria at the European Union in Brussels.

Official handover of the VAO research strategy for the next 10 years on the panel discussion „Climate Change – Identify and act on risks“ of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection representing the Free State of Bavaria at the European Union in Brussels. (from left to right: Silke Wettach (moderator, Wirtschaftswoche), Dr. Kerstin Hürkamp (VAO-consortium partner, Helmholtz Zentrum München), Andrea Tilche (European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Head of Unit Climate Action and Earth Observation), Ulrike Scharf (Bavarian State Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection), Dr. Jiri Burianek (Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions), Prof. Dr. Michael Bittner (VAO-coordinator, German Aerospace Center DLR), Dr. Klaus Luetzenkirchen (Vice President Environmental Protection, Siemens), Herr Martin Schiansky (Siemens Financial Services Insurances Climate Related Assessments).

The environmental research station “Schneefernerhaus on the “Zugspitze” was the starting point for the Bavarian initiative to found an international network of alpine observatories and research facilities of high altitude and climate, the so-called Virtual Alpine Observatory (VAO). The aim is to establish and enhance a cooperation of alpine research facilities to answer urgent scientific and social questions, as climate change is particularly drastic in the Alpine region. The co-operation of research facilities in European mountainous regions enables the investigation of environmentally relevant topics from different perspectives, creates synergies and allows more comprehensive approaches to solutions. Currently, institutions from Germany, France, Georgia, Italy, Norway, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia are involved in the project, which will grow together even more strongly. This includes a long-term strategy for the research co-operation, which has already been agreed on. In the framework of this event it was handed over to the Bavarian State Minister Ulrike Scharf, the Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions Dr. Jiri Burianek and to the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Head of Unit Climate Action and Earth Observation Andrea Tilche . 

The Institute of Radiation Protection of the Helmholtz Zentrum München is involved in the VAO joint research project with two sub-projects "Influence of environmental parameters and solar eruption on cosmic radiation in the alpine region" (Prof. Dr. Werner Rühm) and "Impact of climate change on the Alpine water balance and environmental radioactivity" (Dr. Jochen Tschiersch, Dr. Kerstin Hürkamp).

Here you will find the program of the event.

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