"The double success with the Excellence Initiative shows that Hamburg is particularly successful in research when scientists cooperate with one another across the board: universities with external institutions, Hamburg with Geesthacht and different disciplines with each other. I would like to thank all people and institutions involved", said Mayor Olaf Scholz.
"I am extremely pleased that Hamburg will be represented in the Excellent Initiative by two top clusters in future. This success shows that the University of Hamburg’s emphasis on research and the associated investment by the city bear fruit", said Senator for Science Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt.
The Excellence Initiative of the state and federal governments to promote science and research at German universities is a joint initiative of the federal government and the 16 German states. The aim is to reinforce Germany’s position as a leader in science, to improve its international competitiveness and to make cutting-edge achievements in academic and scientific fields more visible. The CliSAP Cluster of Excellence for climate research is the core of the KlimaCampus Hamburg, a network consisting of the University of Hamburg, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the German Climate Computing Center, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency and the Deutsche Wetterdienst. The CUI Cluster of Excellence is a research network of Hamburg scientists from the University of Hamburg, the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), the Max Planck Society, the Centre for Free Electron Laser Research (CFEL), the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (European XFEL) and other institutions. The subject of their research is to directly observe the movement of the elementary building blocks of nature – such as atoms, molecules and electrons in solids – during the formation and decomposition of a chemical compound.
In order to acknowledge successful cooperation in science in the whole of Northern Germany and to make it visible beyond state borders, as of 2012 the Norddeutsche Wissenschaftspreis, a North German science award, will be awarded by the state ministries of science of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen and Hamburg, which will be the first state to organize the award in 2012.