Interdisciplinary Workgroup

During the meeting of the chairpersons of the Senate Commissions for Earth System Sciences and Life Sciences on Sep 04, 2009 the interdisciplinary workgroup 'Infrastructure for Terrestrial Research' of the German Research Foundation (DFG) was established. The workgroup's task is the development of an infrastructural platform to unite the fragmented terrestrial sciences especially in the academic sector and thus the improvement of competitiveness within the DFG proceedings and the excellence nitiative. The following Commissions contribute to the workgroup: Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research, Senate Commission on Water Research (KoWa), Senate Commission on Future Directions in Geoscience and the German Committee Future Earth.

With the intensive c-operation of the Senate Commission on Water Research (KoWa) the workgroup has developed the strategy paper 'Long-Term Perspectives and Infrastructure of German Terrestrial Research - A Systemic Approach' from the 2011 to the 2013. The strategy paper (in German) was finalised and published in 2013. On the basis of the stategy paper the Alliance of the Science Organisations has decided on a proposal of the DFG to establish a workgroup on the topic of „Infrastructures in the Terrestrial Research“ jointly headed by DFG and Helmholtz Association for five years. The Alliance AG was constituted on Mar 14, 2014. Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner (Technische Universität München) and Prof. Dr. Georg Teutsch (Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig - UFZ) were elected as spokesman.

The aim of the workgroup is to develop and grow a national infrastructure network involving the national investigation sites and various research institutions and to create a base for a more intensive cooperation with government agencies at federal and state level. In a second step groups of experts should be establised with representatives of all relevant federal and state institutions as well as departmental research on the topics "data management", "international networking" and environmental system theories.

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