Royal Visit: William and Kate meet young marine researchers

24.07.2017

During their visit to Hamburg on Friday, Prince William, heir to the British throne, and his wife Kate showed their interest in marine research. At the International Maritime Museum they met young scientists from Bremen, Kiel and Hamburg and talked about the German-British Year of Science 2016*17 “Seas and Oceans.” The researchers had plenty of fascinating stories to share about their work in the Arctic and the ocean’s depths. Two students from the SICSS Graduate School explained to the couple the changes in the sea ice on the Arctic coasts, and the Arctic Basin’s key role in global climate systems.

Students from the SICSS welcome the British royals and the Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, to their presentation on climate change in the Arctic.
The area covered by Arctic sea ice in September 2016. At this time of year, the sea ice at the North Pole reaches its summer minimum. The colored lines show past September minimums. The blue circle indicates Zoé Rehder’s research area in the Laptev Sea.
After the royal couple’s visit: the two SICSS students who gave the presentation, Shubhankar Sengupta and Zoé Rehder, together with Albert Gerdes from the German Marine Research Consortium and SICSS coordinator Dr. Ingo Harms (from left to right).

The SICSS student Zoé Rehder highlighted how global climate change affects not only sea-ice cover in the Arctic, but also the formation of ice in Siberia’s coastal waters – in those areas where the icy rivers flow into the sea. “Prince William and Duchess Kate listened attentively and asked questions to find out more about our work,” says Zoé Rehder.  Shubhankar Sengupta, a master’s student at the SICSS, outlined the Hamburg Graduate School’s interdisciplinary study program, and offered examples of how students benefit from working with experienced scientists from the various institutes.

After Berlin and Heidelberg, William and Kate’s last stop on their three-day state visit to Germany was the city of Hamburg. At the International Maritime Museum, they were welcomed by Mayor Olaf Scholz. Here the spotlight was on the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Year of Science – an initiative supported by the German Marine Research Consortium, which brings together the country’s largest marine, polar and coastal research institutions.

More about the SICSS Graduate School

CEN’s activities as part of the Year of Science