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Senate of the Helmholtz-Assossiation visits the Schneefernerhaus

On May 31, 2017 the senate of the Helmholtz Association visited the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS) on Mt. Zugspitze. In presence of the Helmholtz president Prof. Otmar Wiestler and the Bavarian State Minister Ilse Aigner the members got a guided tour at the UFS on the eve of their annual meeting. They informed themselves about current research projects and finished with a joint dinner.


Member of the Helmholtz-Senat at the terrace of the Schneefernerhaus, Zugspitze (Foto: Dr. I. Beck, UFS Schneefernerhaus).

In the framework of the guided tour Dr. Kerstin Hürkamp from the Institute of Radiation Protection of the Helmholtz Zentrum München presented the research of the institute about the influences of climate change on the environmental radioactivity and the cosmic radiation to the senate. For the identification of potentially hazardous radiation exposures to health, the team investigates the transport paths for radionuclides from the atmosphere, via the snow covert o their release with snowmelt in the alpine region. The guests were impressed about the manifold research topics and the successful presentations of the UFS consortium members.

The UFS is a virtual institute for altitude, environment and climate research managed by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection (StMUV). Beside Helmholtz Zentrum München further institutions are involved as the consortium (German Environment Agency (UBA), German Weather Service (DWD), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Max-Planck Society (MPG), Ludwig-Maximilians-University München (LMU), Technical University München (TUM), University of Augsburg). The operational company provides comprehensive service to the research groups particularly by concentrating on an effective on-site management as a contribution for successful scientific work.

The senate performs the important role within the Helmholtz Association of making recommendations to the financial sponsors on thematic priorities and funding for research programmes. Amongst others the senate is made up of the Federal Minister responsible for research, members of the German lower houses of parliament (Deutscher Bundes- and Landtag), presidents and scientists of the research facilities of the Helmholtz Association and externals as well as representatives from business and industry.