The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warns that by 2030, extreme heat could leave 40 percent of land currently used for growing maize in sub-Saharan Africa incapable of producing maize. Additionally, destroy the savanna grasslands supporting pastoral livelihoods making it impossible to end poverty and hunger by 2030. It is in this background that the Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to support Africa in making food production sustainable and secure. Last years, the Soil as a Pan-African Challenge project (PASCAL) won the International research marketing competition of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
I have spent almost a week at Forschungszentrum Jülich – ooh where has all the time gone? My interest’s range from soil research, plant science, climate change, waste water management, energy, Nanotechnology, understanding this massive supercomputer world and am afraid it feels like I have just arrived with too much I would want to explore but here on borrowed time.
Africa is speedily emerging on every front: economically, politically and technologically. All the relevant indices portray a continent that is the next emerging market with its teeming population that is nearly 50% young people with a median age of 19 years. Africa is also blessed with natural resources ranging from oil and natural gas to mineral deposits like diamond, gold, uranium, copper etc. almost across the continent. The lands are sufficiently arable for a sustainable bioeconomy and food production to sustain the population. Generally, the African climate is still green with many of the forests and parks still in their natural state. I can go on counting the numerous natural endowments which nature has bestowed on Africa. It is in no doubt, “Africa flows with milk and honey”.
I am with four other fellows on the international Journalist program on a one-week tour of Germany. Organized by the Goethe-Institut - a non-profit German cultural association that promotes the study of the German language abroad while encouraging international cultural exchange and relations, the tour starts with Hamburg, Cologne, and Munich.
Unter dem Motto „JuDocs 2018“ haben wir am Wochenende unseren Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden gefeiert. Es war ein tolles Fest.
When German housewives or househusbands expect visitors, they wash the curtains, vacuum and bake a cake. Well, it’s quite similar with the colleagues of Corporate Communications when a guest from Kenya is due to arrive very soon.
If you have been to a foreign country where the official language is not your tongue, then you must relate with the frustrations that come with it. Pointing at food on menus because you cannot pronounce names, staying glued at the train’s screen because taking your eyes off for a second could mean you missing your destination? That was me for a few days last week. Finally, the language is no longer so foreign! I can relate when some words are mentioned away from class. I light up when familiar words are mentioned! And yes, I can also count a few numbers – a seemingly insurmountable problem last week. Interestingly, Germans count from left to right. And just like French it has feminine and masculine nouns.
Six of the World’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa. The continent has been growing at an average of 5 percent per annum for over a decade, despite the global financial and economic crisis. This makes Africa confident that it can achieve its ambitious development dream, dubbed Agenda-2063 within 50 or even fewer years according to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU).
I am here with a team of outgoing, enthusiastic and tenacious journalists from South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Germany. Together we took a fantastic hour-long boat cruise along the Spree River passing through the house of the World's Cultures, the Government Quarter, the Berlin Cathedral, and the Museum Island among the Bode Museum.
Did you know that about one billion people mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia live without electricity? This is according to the latest World Bank estimates. Currently, about 640 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. By 2040, it is estimated that Africa will require 700gigawatts of power to meet its demand. This is seven times more than what is currently installed.
As a journalist, I am used to asking questions, getting answers and writing about other people, events and occurrences. Rarely do I speak about myself and my work. It happened that for about six years while I was working as a radio technician and creative producer, I was used to being behind the scenes and making sure everything runs smoothly. So today, I am taking the challenge to tell you a little bit about myself.
Die Jugendlichen bei Jugend hackt sind nicht nur clever, sie arbeiten auch organisiert und strukturiert, sind respektvoll und hilfsbereit und haben eine klare Vision von einer besseren Zukunft. Diese Jugend von heute macht Mut für Morgen.
In aller Regel sind Nobelpreisträger keine „Franktireurs der Wissenschaft“ (Theodor Fontane), sondern solide, systematische, unermüdliche und intrinsisch gesteuerte Arbeiter in ihrem Weinberg. Die Biographien von Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen und Peter Grünberg beweisen es. Beide übrigens verzichteten auf charismatische Attitüden.
Der französische Staatspräsident Emmanuel Macron erhält am 10. Mai in Aachen den Karlspreis 2018. Während seines Aufenthalts in der schönen Kaiserstadt - oder Aix-la-Chapelle - wird er auch die RWTH Aachen besuchen. Prof. Olivier Guillon, Direktor am Institut für Klimaforschung sowie RWTH-Professor für Werkstoffsynthese der Energietechnik, ist seit März in der Arbeitsgruppe der RWTH zur Vorbereitung des hohen Besuchs aktiv. Unser Kollege Hanno Schiffer hat ihn dazu befragt.
Forschungszentrum Jülich is mourning the passing of Professor Peter Grünberg. The Nobel laureate in physics and scientist of Forschungszentrum Jülich passed away last week in Jülich at the age of 78. We would like to give you the opportunity to share your memories of Peter Grünberg and to offer your condolences on this page.
Das Forschungszentrum Jülich trauert um Professor Peter Grünberg. Der Physik-Nobelpreisträger und Wissenschaftler am Forschungszentrum starb in der vergangenen Woche im Alter von 78 Jahren in Jülich. An dieser Stelle möchten wir Ihnen die Möglichkeit geben, Ihre Erinnerungen an Peter Grünberg zu teilen und zu kondolieren.