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Helmholtz General Assembly 2020

The Helmholtz General Assembly 2020 took place on 10th October in a streaming format for the first time. Open to everyone! At the beginning, we talked with Federal Minister Anja Karliczek in Berlin about current challenges in science. Afterwards, our corona experts reported on the progress being made in the development of active substances and vaccines. A very special highlight was the return of our research vessel Polarstern from the spectacular arctic expedition MOSAiC to Bremerhaven. Reinhold Messner talked with a crew member about climate change and arctic experiences. Afterwards, researchers discussed the question of how quantum technologies could revolutionize the world. At the end of the annual conference, we honored the winners of the Erwin Schrödinger Prize.

Video recording of the General Assembly




In conversation
Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister for Education and Research

Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association

Helmholtz Science Talk "Global Health"

Gerald Haug, President of the Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences

Gérard Krause, Epidemiologist, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Ulrike Protzer, Virologist, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health


In conversation Arrival of the Polarstern

Christian Haas, Geophysicist, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Reinhold Messner,  frontiersman, Messner Mountain Movie

Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association



"Research for Europe"

Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association

Helmholtz Science Talk "Quantum Technologies"

Tommaso Calarco, quantum physicist, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Catherine Dubourdieu, Physicist, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie


Award of the Erwin Schrödinger Prize 2020

Laudation: Christine S. Falk (jury member), Hannover Medical School


Moderation: Tatjana Ohm, WELT / Rolf-Dieter Krause, former director ARD-Studio Brüssel

Speakers' Portraits

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