Yesterday, our PhD candidates Anusha Suniskala, Maike Scheffold, and Gibran Romero Mujalli met Heiko Maas, Federal Foreign Minister of Germany. Heiko Maas took the time to meet climate researchers from Universität Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. During a round-table discussion, leading experts in international climate research informed Maas about working methods of their Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society” (CLICCS): Maas discussed the current state of research with CLICCS spokesperson Prof. Dr. Detlef Stammer, Director of the Centre for Earth System Research Sustainability (CEN) at Universität Hamburg and Head of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and CLICCS co-spokesperson Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and one of twelve lead authors of the World Climate Report.
The Federal Foreign Minister discussed with our members questions concerning their doctorate in climate science before he visted the climate super computer "MISTRAL" at the German Climate Computing Centre.
"I enjoyed meeting and talking to Minister Heiko Mass and appreciated his interest in our opinions on climate-relevant issues like mitigation actions and communication with climate change deniers. The subsequent discussion with the Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office, Niels Annen, provided an interesting overview of the decision maker perspective and the science-policy interface." says Maike Scheffold, SICSS PhD candidate, summing up the event.