CliSAP successfully finished in 2018. Climate research continues in the Cluster of Excellence "CLICCS".

A double success: Media researcher and geo-researcher receive new appointments


Dr. Monika Taddicken has coordinated the CliSAP Research Topic “Climate Change, Perception and Communication” at the Cluster of Excellence for more than a year now. This October she will take on a new position as a Professor at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Further, this August Dr. Benjamin Runkle, who is currently working as part of the CliSAP Research Group “Regional Hydrology in Terrestrial Systems,” will switch to the University of Arkansas, USA.

Dr. Monika Taddicken: “CliSAP has recognized the importance of effectively communicating scientific content.”
Dr. Benjamin Runkle: Dr. Benjamin Runkle: “I’ve enjoyed my time as part of the CliSAP community so much.”

Dr. Monika Taddicken

Monika Taddicken has accepted an invitation from the TU Braunschweig, where she will assume her duties as Professor of Communication and Media Studies starting October 1, 2014. She has already been working in Braunschweig on a stand-in basis since early May. “I’m very much looking forward to my new duties, especially because the TU – just like CliSAP – places great value on effectively communicating scientific content. In the field of Communication and Media Studies research, this topic is still in its infancy, even though scientific communication is taking on a growing importance – both in the scientific community and in society at large,” Taddicken explains. “The Cluster of Excellence CliSAP has recognized that importance and will hopefully continue to focus on this task and field of research in the future.”

Taddicken came to Hamburg in the summer of 2009 to support the German Research Foundation (DFG) project “Climate Change from the Perspective of Media Recipients,” led by Prof. Irene Neverla. At the time, she was already working in close cooperation with the CliSAP researchers in Neverla’s  group. In April 2013 Taddicken subsequently joined CliSAP as coordinator for the Topic “Climate Change, Perception and Communication” (C3).

Dr. Benjamin Runkle

Benjamin Runkle will be working at the University of Arkansas, joining the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering as an Assistant Professor. This tenure-track position can be seen as analogous to a Junior Professorship but with the opportunity to be continued as a life-long professorship. “I’ve enjoyed my time in Hamburg, in Germany, and as part of the CliSAP community so much,” states Runkle. “I think the Cluster of Excellence does great work and provides wonderful opportunities.  I can’t wait to see what’s coming up around the corner for all of these great research groups after the second CliSAP funding period.”

Since January 2010, Runkle has been working at CliSAP as part of the Research Group “Regional Hydrology in Terrestrial Systems,” which is led by Prof. Lars Kutzbach and belongs to Research Area B, “Climate Manifestations and Impacts.” The scientists involved explore the intersections of the carbon, water, and energy cycles in wetland, peatland, and permafrost environments.  A current focus of Runkle’s work is on assessing how the water cycle may be changing in permafrost environments like those found in Siberia.

CliSAP would like to wish both of these outstanding researchers every success for the future, and to thank them for their valued contributions to climate research in Hamburg.


Monika Taddicken
Professur für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaften
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Tel.: 0531 3918960

Benjamin Runkle
Postdoctoral Research Associate
CliSAP Research Group "Regional Hydrology in Terrestrial Systems"
Universität Hamburg, Institute of Soil Science
Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN)
Tel.: 040 428382010