Press Release 32/2008

Representatives of the State Parliament Fraction of the Greens Visit the KIT

Parliamentarians Inform Themselves about Issues Relating to the Climate and Atmosphere

On Wednesday, June 18, 2008, representatives of the state parliament fraction of Bündnis90/Die Grünen will visit the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK) on their “ForschungsKlimatour” (research climate tour). The parliamentarians will be informed by the Chairman of the FZK Executive Board, Professor Eberhard Umbach about the newly established Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Moreover, they will discuss current research topics with scientists.

The KIT is the last station on the “ForschungsKlimatour” of the state parliament fraction of the Greens. Since November 2007, research institutions have been visited, which are of particular relevance to solving the urgent problems relating to climate change. Among the visitors will be the chairman of the fraction, Winfried Kretschmann, and his deputy, Theresia Bauer (spokeswoman for university policy), Edith Sitzmann (spokeswoman for economic policy), Franz Untersteller (spokesman for energy policy) as well as the Karlsruhe delegate Renate Rastätter (spokeswoman for school policy).

The public part of the event will focus on current issues and results of climate and atmosphere research conducted by the KIT. Presentations will be made by Professor Christoph Kottmeier and Professor Herbert Fischer from the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, in which the FZK and the Universität Karlsruhe have been cooperating for a long time already. The scientists will present the “ATMO Research Program” that covers interactions between the atmosphere and the earth (Prof. Kottmeier). In addition, the findings obtained with respect to chemical processes in the atmosphere by using the “MIPAS” spectrometer will be explained (Prof. Fischer).

Representatives of the media are cordially invited to ask questions and to participate in the discussion. The event will take place at the

Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe,
Zentralgebäude (Central Administrative Building, No. 141), Großer Sitzungssaal.
It will start at 15.20 hrs and end at 16.30 hrs.

For admission to the Forschungszentrum, a confirmation of your participation in writing will be required. Kindly send it by fax or e-mail not later than Monday, June 17, 16.00 hrs.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, member of the Helmholtz Association, and the Universität Karlsruhe. This merger will give rise to an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. In total, the KIT has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 700 million Euros. The KIT focuses on the knowledge triangle of research – teaching – innovation.

The Karlsruhe institution is a leading European energy research center and plays a visible role in nanosciences worldwide. KIT sets new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists and attracts top scientists from all over the world. Moreover, KIT is a leading cooperation partner of industry.

jm, June 12, 2008


Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
Press Officer
Kaiserstraße 12
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721/608-7414
Fax: +49 721/608-3658

jm, June 12, 2008

Margarete Lehné
Chief Press Officer (acting)
Phone: +49 721 608-41105
Fax: +49 721 608-43658
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