Professor Mike Schäfer gave the young media professionals an insight into media research on climate change. In the process they learned how reporting on climate change has developed since the end of the 20th century. Dr. Annette Kirk presented the research of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. After a virtual entry into the world of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ), Micheal Böttinger invited the guests to a tour of the high performance computer.
Every year 20 young East European journalists spend three months at the Freie Universität Berlin. During their stay they expand their knowledge of Germany, together with up-and-coming journalists from North America. They tackle German politics, history and science, and get to know local people and institutions during numerous excursions. The countries of the former Soviet Union are particularly emphasized in this further education program. The aim of the program is to convey the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for critical and independent reporting.