iFE Inaugural Meeting - Let's get started
While Prof. Jürgen Krahl, President of the OWL University of Applied Sciences and member of the iFE scientific advisory board, emphasized the important harmony and mutual benefit of research and teaching, Prof. Susanne Schwickert and Prof. Johannes Üpping, in their institute presentation, focussed on the interdisciplinary approaches and methods that are necessary for an innovative idea and, ultimately, customised technology. "Energy research involves much more than simply providing technology," says Schwickert. In addition to these, questions of social acceptance and "soft" framework conditions are crucial for cross-disciplinary research, such as the openness of all parties to solution proposals or the creativity that allows the combination of interdisciplinary approaches.
Afterwards, Sven Plöger, meteorologist and TV presenter, enthused the auditorium with his talk on climate policy and energy research and presented exciting facts about dealing with natural resources, the differentiation between weather and climate, and the relationship of the Arctic ice to the weather. With charm, humour and a good deal of seriousness Plöger gave his speech an acute and at the same time entertaining flavour.
The iFE Board of Management also thanked all employees who had invested a lot of time and effort in the preparation of the event.
At the same time, the consistently positive feedback for the work of the iFE should be used as a starting point in order to further promote energy research for neighbourhoods, mobility and work environments. We look forward to future collaborations and the new findings that result!