When I switched on my notebook in the morning routine on September 3rd and opened the e-mail programme, 204 applications from all over Africa awaited me! After deducting various bot applications, there are 183 applications left. This is really an impressive number and I have to admit that I would have been satisfied with a smaller number in view of the upcoming work! For the PASCAL project, however, it is a complete success. Interim goal achieved!
Tage der Offenen Tür werden von Industrie-Unternehmen, großen Behörden und Forschungseinrichtungen organisiert. Sie haben in der Regel vier Ziele: Transparenz, Information, Image, Medien-Echo, also öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit. Tage der Offenen Tür sollen auch Vorurteile abbauen („Tag der Offenen Moschee“) oder das Interesse an Kultur im weiteren Sinne wecken („Tag des Offenen Museums“). Das Ziel der Transparenz bedeutet natürlich nur in den seltensten Fällen, dass den Besuchern alles gezeigt wird.
Some time has passed since my first blogpost on the side programme and in the beginning everything was very abstract – so many different ideas were buzzing around in my head. Now – three months before the event takes place – the programme gets more and more concrete.
Das Forschungszentrum Jülich ist eine der größten Forschungseinrichtungen Europas. Fast 6000 Mitarbeiter arbeiten und forschen zwischen Köln und Aachen an den großen wissenschaftlichen Fragen unserer Zeit. Doch welche Werte sind uns als Forschungseinrichtung wichtig? Worin sehen wir unsere Aufgabe, unsere Mission? Und welche Vision haben wir für die Zukunft? Im vergangenen Jahr haben sich die Mitarbeiter des Forschungszentrums Gedanken über diese Fragen gemacht. Entstanden ist ein Gemeinschaftswerk, das sich in vielen Gesprächen und Sitzungen, per Mail, am Telefon oder im direkten Austausch über Monate entwickelt hat.
We meet every day (on Twitter) but have never spoken one word (in real life). Let us change that! If you are an employee of Forschungszentrum Jülich and are using social media (on or off duty), you are welcome to join me for a cup of coffee and to chat about Twitter, Facebook and Co and maybe share some ideas about future events.
Unweit des Forschungszentrums treffen sich die „Jupiters Jülich“ zweimal die Woche zum Quidditch. Seit April gilt es für die Gruppe aus Studierenden der FH und des Forschungszentrums, in Anlehnung an den Harry-Potter-Sport auf „Besen“ reitend Bälle zu jagen und diese durch verschieden hohe Ringe zu werfen. Bei dem an irdische Bedingungen angepasstem Sport werden jedoch PVC-Stangen statt Besen verwendet. Er vereint Elemente aus Handball, Völkerball und Rugby und ist nichts für zarte Gemüter: In gemischtgeschlechtlichen Teams schmettern die Kontrahenten Gummibällen auf den Gegner ab und ringen sich zu Boden.
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.