Helmholtz Water Network

Young Scientists Meeting 2015


Joint Young Scientists Meeting of the Helmholtz Water Network and the Helmholtz WasserZentrum München 

“Water sciences – from experimental design to political translation”

March, 30th - 31th 2015

Kloster Benediktbeuern,

An interdisciplinary scientific training workshop on “Water sciences – from experimental design to societal translation” was held in the week before Easter for young scientists (Master students, PhD students and early PostDocs) organized by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and the Helmholtz WasserZentrum München (HWZM) in the frame of the Helmholtz Water Network (HWN). The workshop brought together over 20 participants from different Helmholtz Centers and partner Universities across Germany. The aim of the workshop was to foster interdisciplinary thinking, scientific communication, as well as understanding about societal decision making in the broader context of current water research.

Two interactive training sessions were offered to the young scientists: “Optimal design of experiments and field studies in environmental sciences” and “Fracking - between scientific understanding and societal decision making”, the latter being an especially hot topic in current public and political discussion. The expert speakers invited for the workshop were Prof. Peter van Bodegom of Leiden University, NL (“Why it is important to think statistics before planning your study – from theory to examples”), Dr. Martin Elsner of the HMGU (“Chemicals in unconventional gas exploitation: what Is reported and what is found”) as well as Dr. Axel Bergmann of the IWW in Mühlheim (“Unconventional gas ressources in Germany – current societal and legal situation”). Both training sessions gave rise to intensive interactive discussions and group work amongst the participants, making the workshop a great success and a welcome opportunity for networking amongst young water scientists.

Key facts Young Scientists Meeting 2015:

20 participants from 7 institutions involved within Helmholtz Water Network

7 nationalities

15 PhDs, 3 PostDocs, 2 master students

13 female, 7 male young scientists

2 experts from science, 1 expert from praxis

2 organizing Helmholtz Centres



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