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The SynCom Office

The SynCom Office coordinates processes between the boards and Topics within the Helmholtz Research Field 'Earth and Environment', external stakeholders, and partners. Furthermore, the SynCom Office helps organize events such as synthesis workshops, delegation trips, and parliamentary events. The SynCom Office guides the strategic progress of SynCom and is responsible for overseeing the execution of all SynCom-related initiatives.


Samu Sellmaier

Annette Kirschmann

Former colleagues

  • Samu Sellmaier - Junior Consultant
  • Annette Kirschmann - Junior Consultant

The SynCom Anchor Persons

The SynCom Anchor Persons (1 FTE/Centre) support the SynCom activities and establish contacts within the respective Helmholtz Earth and Environment Centre.

Annette Kirschmann

Polarlichter in Schweden

Vortrag bei der IUGG '23

Im Eislabor des AWI mit Katharina Sielemann; ©Roland Koch

Internship report Annette Kirschmann

Annette Kirschmann completed an internship at the SynCom coordination office from July to October 2023 in Berlin. Her report gives insights into her experiences.

While working in the SynCom office, I was able to gain exciting insights into the scientific cooperation of the Helmholtz centers in the research field Earth & Environment and actively participate in the implementation of various projects. Some highlights were i) planning and implementation of a parliamentary breakfast on the topic of sea level rise, ii) kick-off workshops of this year's launched SynCom projects, iii) contributing to a publication in the field of mobility research at the German Aerospace Center, iv) accompanying a group of researchers from the German Research Center for Geosciences to collect radar data in a forest in Sweden, v) shadowing Isabelle Winter from the Helmholtz office and Oda Hassepass from the mobility committee in the Berlin parliament, and vi) my presentation on "What makes science-and-policy dialogue successful" at the IUGG 2023 together with Marie Heidenreich.

I would especially like to thank the Alfred Wegener Institute for the great introduction to the Helmholtz Earth and Environment research program at the beginning of my internship and the opportunity to experience the ice lab; from +30°C to -30°C in 2 minutes!

After my internship, I will continue to work at SynCom as a research assistant.

I look back on a formative time of close collaboration with Helmholtz researchers and thank everyone who gave me exciting insights into their work. Thank you, Marie, for your trust, the good collaboration, and the many doors you opened for me in the last months, so that I could get a comprehensive picture of science synthesis, communication and management.