News

October 16, 2013

The television program "RBB aktuell" broadcasted a report on the GRK1364 expedition to the Indian Himalaya. Follow this link to watch it: RBB report

September 28, 2013

Dr. Christian Wolff and Dr. Henry Wichura, former members of the Graduate School GRK1364, gave an interview to the Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung. The article is about the importance to do research in the Himalayas, the excursion in August and September 2013, and present PhD projects in the the Graduate School. Follow this link to read the article: PDF download

August 27 - September 13, 2013

The Graduate School GRK1364 is on an interdisciplinary excursion in the Indian Himalaya. Under the supervision of Dr. Rasmus Thiede and Dr. Dirk Scherler, the present PhD students and former GRK-members spent 2.5 weeks in the remote areas of the Sutlej and Spiti Valley to study landforming processes, climate archives, and paleo-seismic events. Follow this link to the excursion diary (in german): University Blog

October 29, 2012

Dr. Nishant Malik, former member of the Graduate School GRK1364, won the Carl-Ramsauer-Award 2012 of the Physical Society of Berlin. The Society honours Nishants excellent dissertation and his work on extreme events and dynamics of the Indian summer monsoon. The Award ceremony will be on November 14, 2012 in Golm/Potsdam.

March 20, 2012

In cooperation with the "HIMPAC" projekt (coordinated by Dr. Sushma Prasad, GFZ-Potsdam), the Graduate School GRK1364 created a "Monsoon Discussion Group", open to interested scientists and students, that will meet once a month at the GFZ-Potsdam to discuss relevant literature/own work. This discussion group will be coordinated by former GRK-member Dr. Stefan Polanski (Freie Unviersity, Berlin), Dr. Praveen Mishra (GFZ-Potsdam), and Dr. Henry Wichura (University of Potsdam).

August 9, 2011

Christian Wolff,member of the Graduate School has published an article on climate variations in East Africa and its linkage to ENSO dynamics in Science, one of the two top journals for scientific research. Christians study of warved lake sediments in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro shows that for 20 000 years, climate variability in East Africa has been following a pattern that is evidently a remote effect of the ENSO phenomenon (El Niño Southern Oscillation) known as El Niño/La Niña. During the cold phase of La Niña, there is marginal rainfall and stronger winds in East Africa, while the El Niño warm phase leads to weak wind conditions with frequent rain. Moreover, during the coldest period of the last ice age about 18 000 to 21 000 years ago, East Africa's climate was relatively stable and dry.

April 11, 2011

Dirk Scherler, who recently completed his PhD work on Himalayan glaciers in the GK program, gave an invited talk at this year's EGU meeting in Vienna. His well attended talk on "Climate variability and glacial dynamics in the Himalaya and potential impacts on rivers" was given in the theme session "River and slope responses to climate change in steep landscapes". Dirk's work on the behavior of Himalayan glaciers has drawn international media attention, including the New York Times.

February 17, 2011

Lydia Atieno Olaka, member of the graduate school, has been awarded a three-year postdoc fellowship by the Volkswagen Foundation for her project, "Determining groundwater Vulnerability to climate variability and contamination in the Central Kenya Rift". The study will be carried out in collaboration with University of Nairobi, University of Potsdam, ETH Zurich and Addis Ababa University (Press release of the University of Potsdam).

January 25, 2011

Dirk Scherler, member of the graduate school, has published an article on Himalayan glaciers in Nature Geosciences, one of the top journals in the field of earth and environmental sciences, co-authored by Bodo Bookhagen and Manfred Strecker.

December 10, 2010

The German Research Foundation DFG funds the renewal proposal of the Graduate School. The Graduate School therefore invites applications for seven doctoral fellowships, available as of April 1, 2011.

November 19, 2010

Lydia Olaka, Kenyan doctoral student of the Graduate School, on RBB televison. Lydia has almost completed her doctoral project funded by the DAAD and DFG and talks about her time at the University of Potsdam.

September 13, 2010

A total of 18 dissertation projects was realized under the auspices of the graduate school. Eleven projects were funded by the DFG GRK1364 grant, four projects were funded by the University of Potsdam (UP). On October 8, 2010, the results, status report and the renewal proposal of the Graduate School GRK 1364 will be presented to an advisory commission of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

June 5, 2010

The Graduate School participates in the Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften at the University of Potsdam. Martin Trauth will give a presentation on the Suguta Valley expedition with members of the graduateschool in May 2010.

May 10, 2010

Between July 1 – 4, 2010 the DFG Leibniz Center and the Graduate School GRK1364 organizes a workshop on the Relations between Physical Erosion and Chemical Weathering co-hosted with GFZ and the European Surface Process Group.

March 4, 2010

Today we submitted the status report and the renewal proposal of the Graduate School GRK 1364. We seek funding for a second period of the GRK 1364 in order to continue studying the rich interactions between tectonics, climate, topography, biosphere, and surface processes in the India-Asia Collision Zone and the East African Rift System.

November 13, 2009

GRK1364 Sports – On November 15, 2009 a team of the GRK1364 doctoral students will participate in the Marathon run of the 17. Kondius Berliner Marathon-Staffel. We all wish our participants good luck and biggest success! Pictures coming soon …

November 3, 2009

The PBS/NOVA TV documentary by Graham Townsley with members and participants of the graduateschool is on air. See trailer on the PBS/NOVA webpage and the project webpage of the Suguta Valley Project.

October 27, 2009

Martin Trauth, participant of the graduateschool, is filming a documentary on active tectonics in East Africa for Canadian Broadcasting Coporation with Nick Eyles and Kenton Vaughn.

July 27, 2009

All participants of the Graduate School will meet to present the current status of the individual projects and discuss future plans. Taking into account the end of the first funding period in March 2011, the participants will discuss also the principle outline of the proposal for achieving a prolongation of the Graduate School. The PhD students will meet to prepare the meeting on July 22, 2009 in Caputh. The meeting itself will be held at the Albert-Einstein-Forum Potsdam, Am Neuen Markt 7 between 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

June 13, 2009

The Graduate School participates in the Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften at the University of Potsdam. Martin Trauth will give three presentations on the Suguta Valley expeditions in 2007 and 2008 at 6 p.m., 9 p.m and 10 p.m. He will also being interviewed by Jörg Thadeusz at RadioEins at 8.40 p.m.

January 30, 2009

From June 1-5, 2009, a conference on recent advances in the analyses and application of compound-specific stable isotope data in the area of ecology, and earth and ecosystem sciences will take place in Potsdam, sponsored by the NSF funded BASIN network and the ESF funded MOLTER network. It will bring together the scientific communities from different fields to exchange expertise across the scientific disciplines of the bio- and geosciences and to stimulate new and interdisciplinary research. It is co-organized by D. Sachse (University of Potsdam), Ansgar Kahmen & Todd Dawson (UC Berkeley) and Gerd Gleixner (MPI Biogeochemistry Jena).

January 15, 2009

Results from the Graduate School will be presented at the EGU General Assembly 2009 in the session on "CL30 Interactions between tectonics, climate and biosphere" (convenors M.H. Trauth, M.R. Strecker, R. Tiedemann) and on "CL54 Climate time series analysis: Novel tools and their application" (convenors M. Mudelsee, M. Schulz, M. Trauth).

December 3, 2008

Martin Trauth as a representative of the DFG Graduate School participated in the ICDP workshop on "Scientific Drilling for Human Origins" in Addis Abeba. He is also involved in the IODP initiative "Southern African Climates, Agulhas Warm Water Transports and Retroflection, and Interocean Exchanges - SAFARI". Both project will – if funded – provide excellent research opportunities for future PhD students of the DFG Graduate School.

November 12, 2008

Research in Europe: national and European research funding / Forschen in Europa: Nationale und europäische Forschungsförderung. PhD students of the GK are invited to participate at a special event, organized by KOWI (Koordinierungsstelle der Wissenschaftsorganisationen), where information will be given about research funding in Germany and within the EU. Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 10:00 – 18:00 hours. Location: University campus Am Neuen Palais, Auditorium Maximum.

October 20, 2008

The Graduate School is participating in the International Workshop on Earth Surface Forming Processes: Contribution of lithospheric processes at the Department of Geosciences, University of Potsdam. The workshop is financed by the DAAD Virtual Campus in Earth System Sciences. Keynote speakers are J. Ague (Yale), J. Wilbrands (Amsterdam), I. Villa (Bern) und J. Malavielle (Montpellier).

October 15, 2008

Results from the Graduate School will be presented during a Symposium on African Geodynamics, Climate, Lakes and Evolution (EAGLE) at the University of Potsdam. (October 16–18, 2008) (G. Haug, F. Schrenk, R. Oberhänsli, M. Strecker, R. Tiedemann, M. Trauth).

September 10, 2008

The Graduate School of Earth Sciences at Potsdam University co-organizes the 1st International Workshop on Data Analysis and Modelling in Earth Sciences (DAMES 2008) (R. Donner, S. Barbosa, J. Kurths, N. Marwan, M. Trauth, M. Holschneider, S. Hainzl).

July 9, 2008

The GK students will present the first results of their individual projects during a workshop on Monday, 14/07/08, at 3:30 PM, at the URANIA "Wilhelm Foerster", Gutenbergstrasse 71/72 in Potsdam. Dinner is planned after the presentation in Potsdam downtown.

June 27, 2008

Members of the graduateschool participate in the Annual Meeting of the Afrikagruppe deutscher Geowissenschaftler (AdG) on "Africa 2008 - Resources, Research and Regulations" (A. Bergner, L. Olaka).

March 14, 2008

The Graduate School will host a workshop on stable isotopes in environmental studies. Invited speakers are Thure Cerling, Page Chamberlain, Andreas Mulch, Thomas Brachert and others (May 21-22, 2008) (M. Strecker and the Graduate School).

February 25, 2008

Members of the Graduate School will be involved in organizing a workshop on Evolution-across-Scales: Integrating Evolutionary Biology, Genomics and Geosciences sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation (May 26–28, 2008) (M. Tiedemann, M. Trauth and PhD students of the Graduate School).

February 15, 2008

First results from the Graduate School will be presented at the EGU General Assembly 2008 in the session on "CL41 East African geodynamics, climate and evolution" (convenors M.H. Trauth, M. Maslin, M. Strecker).

October 31, 2007

The bimonthly newletter of the University PORTAL published an article about the Suguta Valley expedition. This field survey led by Martin Trauth and Manfred Strecker was financed by the Graduate School and the Suguta Valley Project.

April 23, 2007

The University of Potsdam founded the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS), which integrates all graduate schools at the university.

January 11, 2007

The official opening ceremony of the Graduate School will take place on January 11, 2007.

August 9, 2006

The Graduate School of Earth Sciences at Potsdam University, Germany (DFG-GRK 1364), entitled "Shaping the Earth's surface in a variable environment: Interactions between tectonics, climate and biosphere in the African-Asian monsoonal region" invites applications for nine doctoral fellowships, available as of October 1, 2006.

July 15, 2006

The University's journal PORTAL published an article on the new graduate school.

June 28, 2006

The German Research Foundation DFG funds the new Graduate School on "Shaping the Earth's Surface in a Variable Environment: Interactions between Tectonics, Climate and Biosphere in the African-Asian Monsoonal Region" that will compare tectonics and climate and the affects on the biosphere over different size and time scales. The grant amounts to 1.566 million euros. Press release of the University of Potsdam.