Young scientists from Canada and Germany meet in Potsdam

Dr. Peter M. Boehm (Canadian Ambassador to Germany from 2008 to 2012), now Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Government of Canada), at 2nd HAI Science Forum 2012, Potsdam.

Dr. Peter M. Boehm (Canadian Ambassador to Germany from 2008 to 2012), now Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Government of Canada), at 2nd HAI Science Forum 2012, Potsdam.

In the presence of the Canadian Ambassador to Germany, Dr. Peter M. Boehm, this year’s rotating meeting of the Helmholtz Alberta Initiative (HAI) will open on Monday 10, September 2012.

HAI is a scientific collaboration between the Helmholtz Association in Germany and the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Approximately 120 scientists, industry representatives and government officials will be in attendance at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, 70 of which come from Canada. At this meeting in Potsdam young scientists from both countries will present the results of their research on the topic of Energy and Environment.

The Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest research organization, is participating in HAI with its centres in Potsdam (GFZ), Jülich (FZJ), Karlsruhe (KIT) and Leipzig (UFZ). Additional partners come from other universities and industry. The spectrum of themes includes Energy and Environmental research as well as Health research.

Within the framework of HAI – Energy and Environment, German and Canadian scientists work together on fundamental questions such as the use of deep geothermal energy, upgrading of fossil energy carriers, carbon capture and storage, sustainable tailings management, and remediation and reclamation of mined areas. “The existing expertise in this field in Germany makes our country an interesting partner for Canada”, says Professor Dr. Reinhard Hüttl, Vice-President of the Helmholtz-Association and Scientific Executive Director of the GFZ. The joint collaboration shall expand beyond energy topics: “Currently we are in the process of broadening this research cooperation with Helmholtz in the areas of Health, Resource Technologies and Remote Sensing”, explains Professor Dr. Lorne Babiuk, Vice-President of Research at the University of Alberta. Another future focus of the initiative will be joint research on Hepatitis with the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig.

Two excursions will round off the meeting. Participants will visit GFZ’s Pilot CO2 Storage Site in Ketzin and the mining district of Welzow-Süd, as well as the artificial water catchment “Chicken Creek”, of the Brandenburg University of Technology, one of HAI’s cooperating partners.