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 Prof. Hans von Storch

Baltic Sea Fund recognizes the impacts of climate changes on the Baltic Sea

Presse release Baltic Sea Fund: The Baltic Sea Fund delegation decided on its annual meeting to award Professor Hans von Storch from Hamburg, Germany, for his work on highlighting the impacts of climate change on the Baltic Sea. The Lasse Wiklöf parliamentarian prize is awarded to former Prime Minister and Speaker Paavo Lipponen. The Åland Award is given to entrepreneur Soile Wartiainen. The total prize sum is 33,000 euro. more

Dr. Anke Hellwig presented the prize on behalf of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to Sergio Amancio

Hightech winner from Geesthacht: new technology for the bonding of plastic and metal

Dr. Sergio Amancio, research group leader at the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht and junior professor at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, has become the “German High Tech Champion 2013 in Lightweight Design”. He was recently honoured for the development of a new joining technology, Friction Spot Joining (FSpJ) which enables the joining of metal and plastic – without the use of adhesives. more

hydrogen storage systems

International ECOSTORE project

The ECOSTORE project is now commencing under the coordination of scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht with four million euro of funding from the European Commission. Several European and Japanese Institutes and companies are participating. In the course of this four year project, novel materials based on new types of boron and nitrogen compounds, will be investigated for hydrogen storage and batteries. more


Opening Event of the Helmholtz Graduate School

On Friday September 27th the opening event of the Helmholtz Graduate School for Macromolecular Bioscience will take place at the Free University of Berlin. Following welcoming words from the Scientific Director of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaysser and greetings from politics and science, the participants will get a brief introduction of the scientific work. more

Roxana Sühring

Geesthacht coastal research scientist finds evidence of new type of flame retardant in eels

Within the scope of her doctoral thesis, Roxana Sühring from the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is examining how flame retardants accumulate in the fatty tissue of eels. The special focus hereby is on emerging flame retardants being used to replace chemicals which have already been banned. Ms Sühring found evidence of both the banned and new types of flame retardants in all the eel tissue samples which she examined – in some cases in high concentrations when compared to the rest of Europe. The results have been published in the scientific journal “Chemosphere”. more

differences in the structure of fossil eggs

X-ray experiment reveals kinship of 150 million-year-old dinosaur eggs

A team of international research scientists have carried out some very detailed synchrotron radiation examinations on fossils, using two beamlines of the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) in Hamburg. The results regarding the evolution of dinosaur eggs were recently published in Nature Scientific Reports. more

In this model of a window blind, temperature-memory polymer actuators are used to open and close the slats depending on how hot or cool it is. Users can program the temperature range in which the slats move. The term “temperature-memory” is used to describe this property.

First shape-memory plastics able to reverse deformation

Biomaterial researchers in Teltow have developed plastics that can repeatedly change from one shape to another and then back again when temperatures fluctuate within a selected range. The material, dubbed “polymer actuators” by its creators, thus overcomes a major limitation that affects similar materials. Up until now, polymers with temperature-controlled shape memory could only change form once. more

Baltic Sea

A new research programme to achieve an improved understanding of the Earth system for the Baltic Sea region

On June 10th, 2013, at the 7th Study Conference on BALTEX, a new international and interdisciplinary research programme, Baltic Earth, will be launched. The aim of Baltic Earth is to achieve an improved understanding of the Earth system for the Baltic Sea region, focusing on physical and biogeochemical processes which interact in the atmosphere, in the sea including sea ice, and on land. Human interactions with the environment are recognized as an important part of the regional Earth system. more

 the Wadden Sea and seafloors of the North Sea coast

Sustainable use of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea: coastal researchers provide the basis for future protection of the marine environment.

In the next 3 years coastal researchers will closely examine the processes in the sea floors of the German sectors of the North Sea and Baltic Sea to provide a scientific basis for the implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), is funding five collaborative projects which are now commencing their work. more

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Geesthacht scientists reconstruct the climate of the past

Scientists of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht are participating in the most comprehensive reconstruction to date of regional climatic changes over the past 2000 years. A team of 78 scientists from the international research project PAGES (Past Global Changes) has analysed climate data from seven continental regions for the study “Continental-scale temperature variability during the past two millennia”. The results of the study have recently been published in the journal “Nature Geoscience”. more