More than120 scientists and representatives of governments and international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the United Nations convened in Bremen this week to participate in the first workshop of the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) on the topic “Science for Sustainability –The Contribution of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange”. During the three-day symposium the participants from Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific discussed good practice in knowledge exchange.
At the opening event in the House of Science on Monday, Eva Quante-Brandt, Bremen’s Senator for Education and Science, welcomed the international guests. On Tuesday Karoline Linnert, Bremen’s Mayor and Senator of Finance, welcomed the participants in the historic Town Hall of Bremen: “I am very proud that a research institute like the ZMT is located in Bremen,” Linnert said during the reception. She stressed the State of Bremen’s interest in a vibrant exchange between science and politics.
The presentations by distinguished speakers such as Jörg Hacker, President of the National Academy Leopoldina, Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association, and Klaus Töpfer, Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, made clear the social significance of science in the national and international context. The growing social responsibility of science to contribute to the sustainable use of resources is a challenge that the ZMT and its partners consciously meet with great commitment.