Prof. Dr. Matthias Wolff vom ZMT im Gespräch mit Senator Dr. Joachim Lohse, Bremer Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr | Foto: A. Daschner, ZMT

01.11.17 | On November 8, 2017 scientists from the Leibniz institutes in Bremen, Lower Saxony, and Hamburg will visit the Bremen Parliament to meet and discuss a variety of topics with Members of Bremen Parliament and, for the first time, also the heads of divisions and sub-divisions of the Bremen Senate. The dialogue forum “Leibniz in the Bremen Parliament” is taking place for the third time, after two successful events the years before. The scientific topics for the discussion reflect the research diverse foci of the institutes: climate change, tropical coastal research, aquaculture to waste mitigation, shipping, migration or the Arabic Spring are popular topics, as are access to information, science communication and health.

The format “Leibniz at the Bremen Parliament” allows MPs and senate staff in Bremen to personally discuss central topics with experts from science. At the same time, the event mirrors the diversity of scientific expertise and research topics of the Leibniz Institutes within the region, while focusing on topical and political relevant research projects, study results and problem fields. Hence, the event directly contributes to running political and administrative processes.

Dr. Bevis Fedder, head of the Office for Knowledge Exchange at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), is organising the dialogue forum at the Bremen Parliament. “We are happy about the positive responses, not only from the MPs but also from the staff of various senate branches”, says Fedder. “Dialogue opportunities such as “Leibniz in the Bremen Parliament” have a special importance: their purpose is to convey directly central scientific evidence in an early and target-oriented way and of  concrete use for society.”

Christian Weber, President of the Bremen Parliament, supports the event: “Leibniz in the Bremen Parliament – this is communication without detours involving science, government affairs, and administration and therefore benefits immediately the work of all parties involved”, says President Weber.

Participating institutes from the Leibniz Association:
Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT) – Bremen
Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum – Leibniz-Institut für deutsche Schifffahrtsgeschichte (DSM) – Bremerhaven
Leibniz-Institut für Angewandte Geophysik (LIAG) – Hannover
Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien (GIGA)
Leibniz-Institut für Präventionsforschung und Epidemiologie (BIPS) – Bremen
TIB - Leibniz-Informationszentrum Technik und Naturwissenschaften Universitätsbibliothek – Hannover