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

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

Upcoming activities

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"Carbon Dioxide Removal": noon-to-noon workshop in September

The SynCom project Scaling up Carbon Dioxide Removal will host a noon-to-noon workshop for those who have already signed up for the project, but also for scientists from the Helmholtz Research Field Earth and Environment who are interested in joining.

Day 1: Thursday, 28 September, 2023, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Day 2: Friday, 29 September, 2023, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Berlin

More information on the event: events.hifis.net/event/903/

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

Parliamentary Breakfast in the Bundestag

On October 11 2023 we will host a parliamentary breakfast on the rising of sea levels and the consequences for Germany. Scientists from different Helmholtz-Centers give presentations and facilitate discussions.

Past activities

Research Synthesis: Meta-Analysis Workshop with Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand

Meta-Analysis is performed to gain insights beyond the specific contexts of individual studies. Generalizations across studies can help us to understand the bigger picture and tell us what individual studies contribute to the earth as a system.

The accumulation of thousands of studies addressing particular questions in the environmental sciences has presented a compelling need for robust, replicable and unbiased methods for synthesizing results across studies. Research synthesis methodology provides a tool kit of powerful procedures to accomplish these goals.

Within the SynCom activities for research synthesis, Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand (University of Oldenburg & HIFMB) offered a Research Meta-Analysis Workshop.

The online course comprised an overview of all steps necessary to perform a meta-analysis, starting with systematic literature search and the definition of selection criteria. Common metrics (effect sizes), construction of a comprehensive database, statistical models and heterogeneity were discussed. Finally, important quality aspects of a meta-analysis were assessed. The participants had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and perform a meta-analysis in R.

On Sep 21st (2023) the participants had the opportunity to discuss open questions and get feedback on own synthesis ideas and analyses. The participants thought that the workshop provided valuable and interesting insights into meta-analysis and are already discussing the information gained from the workshop for their own studies.