20th anniversary of German/Taiwanese science collaborations
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the DAAD’s PPP program (Project-related Person Exchange program) between Taiwan and Germany in december 2017, the DAAD and the Ministry of Science and Technology Taiwan (MoST) invited a dozen German PIs together with their student and their Taiwanese collaborators to present their collaborations and research work to about 120 participants. Head of the delegation were Christian Strowa (Head of the DAAD for scholarship programs Asia and Pacific), Lothar Mennicken (Head oft he BMBF unit for cooperation with Asia and Oceania) and MoSt Vice-Minister Yu-Han Tsou as well as MoST’s director of International cooperation and Science Education Jerry Jou. The Taiwan-Germany Science Day focussed primarily on the knowledge exchange with regard to funding opportunities as well as sharing the participants experiences with bi-lateral and multilateral cooperations. Dr. Meike Stumpp, together with Dr. Marian Hu (both Kiel University and members of the Excellence Cluster „Future Ocean“), were invited as representatives of early career researchers to present their collaboration with Yung-Che Tseng (Academia Sinica, Taiwan) in one of the three showcasing sessions. Dr. Stumpps talk „A global challenge: understanding climate change effects on marine life“ as the only talk on the ocean and socioeconomically important topic of climate change, complemented nicely the more technology focussed presentations on „Complex phase materials“ by Dr. Liu Hao Tjeng (Director of MPI for Chemical Solids, Dresden) and „Lithium-ion battery research“ by Prof. Martin Winter (Director of Helmholtz-Institute Münster). The collaboration between Prof. Tseng, Dr. Hu and Dr. Stumpp was already initiated in 2006 when they were still PhD (Tseng) and Master students (Hu & Stumpp) and was a beautiful example how long-lasting collaborations can be established very early in a research career.
New cover image
Cover image by Etienne Lein for our new article in Proc. Roy. Soc Lond. B showing a braciolaria larva of the common sea star Asterias rubens. The article demonstrates for the first time that maintenance of an alkaline stomach may represent the “achilles heel” of Ambulacraria larvae to ocean acidification. For more information see http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.1066
Science goes royal
During their Germany visit the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge visited the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg to learn more about marine science in Germany. Young researchers informed them about topics including marine current systems, methane hydrates, micro plastics and ocean acidification. This event was an initiative of prince William, who worked on coral reefs during his masters thesis and who is particularly interest in ocean science. Also his wife Kate was interested and wanted to know more about environmental factors causing coral bleaching. This event helped to attract attention of the public on the importance to better understand marine systems .
For more information on this event see: http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/william-und-kate-royals-treffen-meeresforscher-in-hamburg-a-1159060.html