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Die Studenten und Wissenschaftler der Sommerschule kamen aus dem gesamten Ostseegebiet und haben gemeinsam 10 Tage in Nexø auf der dänischen Insel Bornholm in der "Møbelfabrikken", einer ehemaligen Möbelmanufaktur, getagt...

Learning in Bornholm: A new book summarizes the contents of a summer school on climate change in the Baltic Sea

The recently published book “Climate Impacts on the Baltic Sea: From Science to Policy” attempts to bridge the gap between science and politics regarding regional climate change in the Baltic Sea. The chapters of the book cover the contents of a summer school which took place on the island Bornholm in the summer of 2009 on climate change in the Baltic Sea region, its possible consequences and how to deal with them. more

Das Institut für Küstenforschung des Helmholtz Zentrums Geesthacht möchte herausfinden, was die Menschen, die an der Wattenmeerküste leben, über ihre Region denken.

The Wadden Sea as ”Heimat”

The Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht would like to understand what the people who live on the Wadden Sea coast think about their region. Professor Dr. Beate Ratter, head of department at the Institute for Coastal Research, has initiated the survey and carries it out together with the Dutch foundation WaddenArt. The survey takes place in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Inhabitants of the Wadden Sea coast are invited to take part. more


Platform for Detector Technology and Systems

The Helmholtz Association is creating a platform to develop detector technology and detector systems further. The aim of the platform is to advance technologies for the construction of highly integrated detectors of photons, neutrons and charged particles, to optimise the transmission and evaluation of data and to design and build new detector prototypes. more

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Hydrogen as alternative to petrol: Geesthacht scientists research boron in tanks

The European Technology Initiative, “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking” (FCH JU), is providing approx 2.3 million euro of finance for the development of new hydrogen solid-state containers on the basis of boron hydrides.These compounds absorb much more hydrogen, the tanks remain compact.The “Bor4Store” project is being coordinated by the Institute of Material Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. more

A new measuring pole in the mouth of the Elbe provides environmental data for coastal research

Coastal researchers from the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht are collecting data on water quality and sediment transport in the mouth of the Elbe, by means of a new measuring pole located in the river mouth. Working in collaboration with the Hamburg Port Authority, they utilise these measurements to investigate the current and long-term impact of human intervention on the river Elbe. more


Experience coastal research first-hand

On the 12th and 13th of May the research vessel of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, the ‘Ludwig Prandtl’ will be moored at the HAFENGEBURTSTAG HAMBURG. You can experience coastal researchers in action, amongst tall ships and harbour launches. Our scientists are presenting their research activities jointly with the Hamburg Port Authority. more


Feeling well rather than frustrated: Work and life in balance

More time for family, hobby or sport by offering flexible working hours or workplace child care is what represents a good employer nowadays. A staff policy which looks after the right balance of work and private life creates a positive image: This displays an advantage outwards and has a beneficial effect on recruitment, while strengthening the employees’ well-being inwards. more

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From the Satellite to the Model

Prof. Dr. Emil Stanev and his colleagues in the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht are experts as regards the combination of measurement data and computer models. With their research activities, the coastal researchers are improving the forecasting of currents, waves and other important factors which affect the marine environment. Within the project “My Ocean 2” they are currently participating in the development of a forecasting service for the oceans of the world. more

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Tailor-Made Materials for the Transformation of the Energy Sector

In order to speed up the development of novel materials for the energy sector, the Helmholtz Association will provide funding for the new portfolio theme “Materials Research for the Future Energy Supply”. The project coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich will receive an additional € 21 million from 2012 to 2016. Fields of application are thin-film solar cells and high-temperature materials. more

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Ultralight vehicles: New cooperative venture strengthens magnesium research in Geesthacht

In the framework of the World Premier Materials (WPM) development programme, the South Korean government has provided more than 100 million dollars to fund research and development in the field of magnesium technology. The Magnesium-Innovations Center (MagIC) in Geesthacht will be an important scientific project partner. Intensive research into the magnesium technologies of the future will be conducted on this unique research platform under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Karl Ulrich Kainer. more

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Climate Change and North Sea Storm Surges

In the night from 16th to the 17th February 1962, the German North Sea coast was hit by a severe storm surge. The Hanseatic city of Hamburg was particularly badly affected. Entire districts of the city were submerged in water and more than 300 people lost their lives. Further severe storm surges were to follow this disaster. Similar climatic conditions can reoccur at any time. Scientists of the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Center in Geesthacht are, therefore, observing storm surge activities in the German Bight extremely closely. According to currently available information, flood protection will retain its present effectiveness until approx. 2030; after this date, however, the situation will have to be reappraised. more

Eröffnung: Biomedizintechnikum II am Standort Teltow

Am 12. Dezember 2011 um 18 Uhr wird das neue Forschungsgebäude des Zentrums für Biomaterialentwicklung des Helmholtz-Zentrums Geesthacht seiner Bestimmung übergeben. Mit rund 2000 Quadratmetern Nutzfläche bietet der Erweiterungsbau Raum für neue Laboratorien und Büros. Um die Entwicklung neuartiger, kunststoff-basierter Materialien voranzubringen, werden hier insbesondere Sterilisationstechniken, neuartige Wirkstoff-Materialkombinationen und der Aufbau von Makromolekül-Bibliotheken Gegenstand der Forschung sein.