New web seminar series: Facing climate change

Researchers from the German-French MOPGA programme (Make Our Planet Great Again) offer insights into their work. A weekly web seminar series is now starting for this purpose, which is open to all interested parties.

Climate change represents one of the key challenges of our time, reflecting the urge to find applicable solutions on how to deal with it. International researchers funded by the Franco-German initiative "Make Our Planet Great Again" (MOPGA) have launched a web seminar series presenting their current work and results from their projects. The initiator of this joint action is Dr Rainer Kiko, MOPGA fellow at the Laboratoire d'Océanographie of Sorbonne Université in Villefranche sur Mer.

Topics of the web seminar series include the role of clouds in climate models, the problem of ocean acidification, securing food production and water supply in drought-affected countries, new ways of CO2 reduction, and technical innovations in solar energy. The aim of the MOPGA research projects, in particular, is to explore the problems of climate change, develop predictions about its impacts and identify new solutions to cope with it. In Germany 13 outstanding research projects in the fields Climate Change, Energy Transition and Earth System Research are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service.

The weekly web seminar series starts at the beginning of September and is initially scheduled until spring 2022 and is developed by 26 French and German MOPGA projects. The seminars are in the run-up to the scientific mid-term conference of the programme in Strasbourg, taking place in November.