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SynCom offers a variety of events and activities. This includes seminars on capacity development, for example on the topics of political communication, crisis communication, or the peer review process and synthesis workshop. 

In addition, SynCom offers events in the political sphere such as parliamentary events, and it accompanies annual events such as the General Assembly of the Helmholtz Association's Research Field Earth and Environment.

Upcoming activities


Bridging Spheres – Pop-up Campus (8.–12.04.2024)

Bridging Spheres — Pop-up Campus is a 5-day event organized by Helmholtz, dedicated to advancing science communication. Hosted at the KIT-Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from April 8 to 12, 2024, the event aims to foster dialogue among the realms of science, media, the public, and policymakers. As part of the event, SynCom is hosting a workshop on 'Contributing as an expert guest in a podcast' to help scientists enhance their communication skills in a different media format.


European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2024 (14.–19.04.2024)

SynCom will be participating at this year’s European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2024 in Vienna. We are excited to convene a session on Thursday, April 18th, from 16:15 to 18:00, titled “Science Policy Interface: Shaping Debates and Building Bridges”. This session will feature a talk by our colleague, Dr Katharina Sielemann, on “Integrating knowledge and establishing exchange on sea level rise to advance policies”. Additionally, we will organize a Science Policy Interface Splinter Meeting on Monday, April 15th, from 16:15 to 18:00.

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Second Workshop SynCom-Project „Scaling up Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)” (23.–24.04.2024)

The SynCom project Scaling up Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) is organising its second workshop for project participants. Registration is now open.

Day 1: Tuesday, 23 April 2024, from 12 am
Day 2: Wednesday, 24 April 2024, until 2 pm

Location: Magnus-Haus, Berlin

For questions please contact:
dirk.sachse@gfz-potsdam.de, gesine.mollenhauer@awi.de or marie.heidenreich@gfz-potsdam.de

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Writing Retreat CDR-Projekt 'Scaling-up Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)' (25.–26.04.2024)

SynCom is organizing a two-day Writing Retreat on April 25-26, 2024 as part of the SynCom project ‘Scaling-up Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)’, which will be attended by scientists from five Helmholtz Centres. The goal of the Writing Retreat is to further develop a synthesis paper on the synergies of different biological CDR methods.

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Arctic Circle Berlin Forum (07.–08.05.2024)

In early May, SynCom will participate in the Arctic Circle Berlin Forum 2024: "The Arctic at Crossroads – Science, climate, policy, Europe." The forum will convene at the Radialsystem in Berlin and was co-organized by our fellow Helmholtz Centre, the Alfred Wegener Institute.

As part of SynCom’s involvement, Marie Heidenreich will lead a session on Wednesday, May 8th, from 09:00 to 10:00 titled “Scientific Contributions to Climate and Environmental Protection in The Arctic.”

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5th Baltic Earth Conference (13.–17.05.2024)

From May 13th to 17th, 2024, SynCom will be participating in the Baltic Earth Conference, in Jūrmala, Latvia, which was co-organized by the Helmholtz Centre Hereon. On Thursday, May 16th, catch us presenting a talk titled “Impactful Science Policy Dialogues”. 

Parliamentary Breakfast on the topic 'Climate Neutrality 2045 – Opportunities and Challenges of DACCS and BECCS'

On May 17, 2024 SynCom is organizing a parliamentary breakfast on the topic ‘Climate neutrality 2045 – Opportunities and Challenges of DACCS and BECCS’, directed by Dr Nina Scheer (SPD), in the German Bundestag. In total, four presentations are planned:

  • ‘Introduction to Carbon Dioxide Removal’
  • ‘Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage’,
  • ‘Direct Air Capture’, and
  • ‘CO2 Storage under the Seabed and on Land’.

The goal of the parliamentary breakfast is to deepen the technical understanding of the members of parliament regarding carbon dioxide removal and to establish a long-term relationship between politicians and Helmholtz experts. Participation is by invitation only.

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Parliamentary evening on the topic ‘Novel Indicators for Chemical Assessment’

On November 7, 2024 SynCom is organizing a parliamentary evening in the German Bundestag on the topic ‘Novel Indicators for Chemical Assessment’ as part of the ‘Modernizing Hazard Indicators (ModHaz)’ project. The event is directed by Harald Ebner (Alliance 90/The Greens), Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection. The goal of the parliamentary evening is to introduce new ideas for chemical assessment directly into politics based on a policy brief previously developed in collaboration with various stakeholders, and to establish a long-term relationship between politicians and Helmholtz experts. Participation is by invitation only.

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