REKLIM goes public

Personal communication, i.e., direct exchanges and contact with societal actors, is a central component of REKLIM, as it represents one of the most valuable channels in its palette of communication formats and is tremendously important to establishing trust, credibility and closeness with societal actors. In addition to the annual, regional conference series Climate Change in Regions, the goal of which is to achieve direct contact between the REKLIM research network and societal actors from regions throughout Germany, REKLIM also coordinates further events that promote a direct dialogue. Moreover, REKLIM is exploring new forms of dialogue and new ways of conveying its research content. These include multimedia, interactive and filmic interpretations, which can help transport the issue of climate change into the day-to-day lives of the ‘young generation’, raise awareness for the need to take action, and make researchers’ work and findings available to a broader audience in a concise and journalistic / artistic form.

20 Years AWIPEV - The French-German Arctic Research Base

14 June 2023, French Embassy, Berlin

Sixty years ago, the signing of the Élysée treaty sealed the friendship between France and Germany. Since then, the treaty has become a symbol of their strong partnership, and the two countries and their citizens are expected to work together in a relationship based on trust.
This event, hosted by the French Embassy, celebrates the 20-year anniversary of the joint French-German research base AWIPEV in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. The station at 78.9°N is operated by Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the French Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor (IPEV).
Brief lectures will highlight findings in the areas of atmospheric, glacial, permafrost and marine research made at AWIPEV over the past two decades. To celebrate this successful collaboration, the directors of the AWI and IPEV will sign a memorandum of understanding. The station staff will join via video connection from the Arctic to share their experiences and answer questions “live”.
A get-together and photo exhibition will round out the anniversary event and give participants the chance to speak with the people who actively practise French-German cooperation on a daily basis.
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IX. Gateway to the Arctic Workshop

The 9th Workshop Gateway to the Arctic Workshop, which was hosted at the partner university Paris Versailles / Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) this year, was held from 13 to 17 February 2023. Under the motto “The Arctic in a changing world – a transdisciplinary approach”, doctoral candidates and master’s students gathered to exchange notes on various aspects of the changes at work in the Arctic, and in particular, to acquaint themselves with perspectives and backgrounds from not only the natural sciences, but also the humanities.
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Climate Talks 2022: “From Thule to MOSAiC” 75 years of French and German Arctic Research

As a recent study has shown, the impact of climate change is almost four times stronger in the Arctic than elsewhere, a phenomenon that has been identified as “Arctic amplification”.
This event, organized within the French Embassy’s cycle of “ClimaTalks”, honours Jean Malaurie, France’s most distinguished Arctic researcher on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Discussions will focus on the development of Arctic research since Professor Malaurie’s legendary expedition to Thule in North-West Greenland during the winter 1950-51 and his extraordinary account thereof entitled The Last Kings of Thule (1955, German ed. 1957 with a preface by J. Georgi), the most widely distributed book about Greenland in the world.
Paying homage to Jean Malaurie’s 75 years of circumpolar studies, the session will discuss latest research results produced notably by the MOSAiC expedition led by Prof Markus Rex from AWI and the impact of current changes, environmental, economic and geopolitical, on Arctic societies and notably indigenous communities. A get-together will foster the discussion between participants. Read more here …

Gateway to the Arctic – VIII and evening event „Arctic Change“

Under the title "Perceiving Arctic Change - Climate, Society and Sustainability", the 8th workshop "Gateway to the Arctic" will take place in Potsdam from October 4 to 7, 2021. The workshop is closely related to the inauguration of the graduate school of the same name, which is organized as a joint thematic initiative of the University of Paris-Saclay and REKLIM/AWI in cooperation with the AWI graduate school POLMAR. During this year's Gateway Workshop, the official launch of PACCSS will take place in a prestigious evening event in Berlin with international guests. Read more here...

Gateway to the Arctic VII

This year, the University of the Faroe Islands was a partner for the workshop series. Guided by the question “Leaving the beaten path – how can sustainable development be reconciled with environmental protection and climate change?”, the participants discussed how climate change is concretely affecting life in the Arctic, and particularly in the Faroe Islands. In addition, they considered the options available to small societies with regard to innovation and sustainable development. Read more about it here ...

Gateway to the Arctic VI

Bremerhaven, 25 to 27 March 2019

For the sixth time, this year the German-French research workshop “Gateway to the Arctic” was held at the AWI in Bremerhaven, together with a movie night at the local cinema, Kommunales Kino Bremerhaven. The theme for this year’s workshop was “Perceiving Arctic Change: Climate, Society and Sustainability”. You can read more about it here…

Gateway to the Arctic V

The fifth research workshop ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ was held in Pyhätunturi, Lapland, Finland from 24 to 26 January 2018. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Co-production of Knowledge’, which entailed exploring the role of various disciplines for the evolution of the Arctic against the backdrop of the ongoing climate change. Read more here...

REKLIM for the third time in „Berlinale special series NATIVe - A Journey into Indigenous Cinema“

REKLIM for the third time in „Berlinale special series NATIVe - A Journey into Indigenous Cinema“. Worldwide climate change and its regional impacts represent one of the greatest challenges for the global community. Yet, in many cases, we’ve only just begun to find societal answers to the effects of climate change. The active participation of all social actors is vital to achieving the necessary transformation processes – and the medium of film can play an important part! Read more here…

2nd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM2)

In the context of the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM2) on 25 and 26 October 2018 in Berlin, the Research Initiative REKLIM, together with the Climate Office for Polar Regions and Sea Level Rise at the AWI and the Universitè de Versailles, Paris, organised two ‘side events’, which took place as part of the official ASM2 programme, prior to the official ministerial. More information...

Once again, REKLIM was part of the Berlinale's NATIVe Programme

For a second time, the NATIVe section of the Berlinale recently worked together with the Coordinating Office of the Helmholtz network REKLIM at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research and the DEKRA University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
In the context of the event “Indigenous Life and Global Climate Change – From Polar Regions to Pacific Islands. From Melting Ice to Sea Level Rise”, researchers and filmmakers used presentations, discussions and film screenings to highlight the dramatic consequences of global warming and its regional impacts.
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REKLIM as part of the NATIVe programme at the 2017 Berlinale

At this year’s Berlinale, the NATIVe programme (‘A Journey to Indigenous Cinema’) focused on the Arctic, and on introducing visitors to the realities of life in these remote regions of our planet. Many of the films drew viewers’ attention to the connection between our modern lifestyle and global consequences. Here, the research network was able to draw on its Topic 3 (Regional Climate Change in the Arctic) and the advances made there in connection with permafrost. In this context, REKLIM and the DEKRA University of Applied Sciences in Berlin prepared an interdisciplinary event with presentations and films on ‘Arctic Change – Indigenous Life and Scientific Tracks in Sakha / Russia’ with e.g. guests from Yakutia. As such, this year REKLIM was able to participate in the 67th International Film Festival in Berlin using a new form of knowledge transfer.
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Environment Week

In cooperation with the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), German President Joachim Gauck hosted the Environment Week. More than 600 potential exhibitors applied to participate in the event, and the 190 of them selected by the jury had the opportunity to present their environmental and sustainability-related projects in the park of Bellevue Palace on 7 and 8 June 2016. The Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM was among the candidates selected. For the jury, whose members were chosen by the Office of the Federal President, the projects were primarily judged on the basis of their quality, innovativeness and exemplary character, as well as the feasibility of their implementation. With its exhibit at the event, REKLIM presented “New Approaches in the Dialogue Process with Society at Large” and demonstrated how the challenge of scientific knowledge transfer can be effectively tackled.
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REKLIM at the ICOP 2016

The Social Media project, jointly organised by the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM and DEKRA University of Applied Sciences in Berlin to accompany the International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP) 2016 in Potsdam, was intended to promote innovative cooperation between the scientific community and students from the media sciences. The guiding theme for the project was the research focus of REKLIM’s Topic 3: regional climate changes in the Arctic. One week long, the students accompanied the conference and used various Social Media channels to report – in the form of interviews, background-information reports, image galleries and ‘Best of Day’ videos – on the latest permafrost findings presented at the conference. With this Social Media project, REKLIM made a valuable contribution, by encouraging not only the public but also (and especially) the young students involved to address the topic of permafrost, and by raising awareness for the importance of regional climate changes.

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Products of the Social Media Projects:
Best of Day Videos
Medienprojekt auf Facebook
Medienprojekt auf Twitter
Medienprojekt auf Instagramm

DEKRA - REKLIM Media Project 2014, Berlin

In the context of the international REKLIM conference ’Our Climate – Our Future’, REKLIM worked together with students from the DEKRA University of Applied Sciences in Berlin on an innovative media project tailor-made for the conference. The cooperation was intended to familiarise young people with the topic of regional climate changes, and to pique their interest in the researchers’ work. At the same time, it offered the researchers a unique chance to collaborate with young people on the creative interpretation of their research interests, and to practise conveying the key messages of their work to interested members of the public. In interviews, reports and image galleries, students from the Journalism degree programme provided information on the climate research issues and advances discussed at the conference in the form of a conference blog. Starting in the summer of 2014, students from the Television & Film degree programme began producing five short documentary films on selected research topics pursued by the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM and three viral videos, so as to generate advance publicity for the conference.
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