From June 24th to 26th 2022, the annual Münchener Wissenschaftstage were held. As a combined fair with the MINT-Mitmachmesse FORSCHA, a wide variety of players from research, business and public life presented themselves. Visitors could playfully try out, participate, and inform themselves with a view to school, training, study and career.
Of course, bayklif was present again this year, in a combined showcase with its partner network bayresq.net. Children and adults could puzzle over questions about climate change in bavaria, learning by having fun and winning prices.
The first picture shows the Bavarian Minister of Education Prof. Dr. Michael Piazolo, in conversation with Dr. Rösler of the bayklif office.
Online talk series by the junior research groups
On 23.11.2021 our brand new online talk series KLIMADISKURSE started, initiated by the junior research groups of bayklif. On different dates each month, high-profiled scientist and speakers from all areas of public life will give impulses and start a discussion with an open panel.
All events in the series will take place online via ZOOM.
Links, further information and recordings of the events can be found at
Postponed several times due to the pandemic: Finally, the Munich Science Days took place again! It started on Friday, 8.10. at the Museum of Transport with exciting research projects presentations for three days.
Prof. Menzel gave a lecture on Friday with the topic “Phenology and Citizen Science”.
The bayklif office presented the research network at its booth and was actively supported by project staff:
Alissa Lüpke, Simon Kloos and Andreas Divanis from the joint project BAYSICS demonstrated the phenology experiment TECCS and the BAYSICS app, which enables citizens to research climate change and contribute to their observations of tree-borders, animals, plants and allergenic species. Fabio Sweet’s (BAYSICS) popularity contest on animal species in the city generated exciting discussions on the perception and popularity of squirrels, pigeons and wasps. Anne Lewerentz from the joint project BLIZ inspired children with her computer game on water ecology.
All in all, a successful and well-attended event! The bayklif office would like to thank all participants for their commitment.
On September 28, after long corona-related delays, finally we could manage to hold our annually bayklif members for the second time. The three-day “retreat” at the Evangelische Akademie in Tutzing, to share scientific progress and further develop the network. In a wonderful atmosphere at Lake Starnberg, there were interesting presentations, productive workshops and of course plenty of time to get to know each other even better. All presentation slides and photos of the event are available to bayklif members in the bayklif-Nextcloud. The program flyer is available for digital download via the link below.
Do you know the LandKlif project?
On the 15th of September, you can learn more about the research results and the LandKlif research project from the bayklif research network in keynote presentations, followed by a discussion.
Scientists will present plants and insect species from different habitats (forest, grassland, field, settlement) and regions of Bavaria. They will explain what functions they perform in the habitats and what services they provide for humans. In addition, three experts from the field will share their experiences on innovative management strategies to promote biodiversity in forestry, agriculture and urban green spaces.
The event is aimed at all those interested in LandKlif. The link to the event can be found here.
Registration by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org is requested.
Climate change poses new challenges in many areas around water, and there are controversial positions on how to solve them. Experts from research and practice will discuss these pressing issues in the “Water Controversies” dialog forum. The spatial focus is on the situation in southern Germany. Anyone working in the field of water and anyone who wanted to learn more about the topic is invited to attend.
The wrap-up of the panel discussion “Low water in streams and rivers” from 20.05.2021 can be found on the AQUAKlif website.
How to predict future land use and biodiversity change under climatic change at the regional level
Climate change will impact biodiversity directly, through changing climatic conditions at all spatial scales, but also indirectly, through changing patterns of future human land use, globally, but also locally. The indirect and direct effects of climate change on biodiversity change are important because land use change is already the main driver of current biodiversity loss. Direct climate change effects can be modelled based on species responses to changed climatic conditions and a change in habitat conditions, i.e. purely ecological considerations. In contrast, future changes in land use depend on the change in abiotic conditions and also on how humans decide to change their land use under climate change, making the estimation of indirect climate change effects an even larger challenge. Land-use decisions are affected by globalisation and global flow of goods, but for a particular piece of land are made at the local and regional level. Thus, modelling the indirect effect of climate change on biodiversity requires modelling regional land use under climatic change.
This workshop brought together various modelling approaches to understand how regional climate change and land use models can be combined to predict direct and indirect effects of climate change on local biodiversity. The product of this workshop will be a perspective paper outlining the challenges and potential solutions for regional predictions of biodiversity change under climate change.
From February 10th to 11th the members of bayklif met for a retreat to inform themselves about the progress of the projects and to work out new concepts of cooperation together. The interesting lectures stimulated the participants of the meeting to exciting discussions and informed them about many new aspects. Al
This years EAT festival took place on 26th of May 2019 at the Biotopia Museum inside Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich. This event presents talks, events and booths regarding the future of food and nutrition to the general public. bayklif was represented with a booth and showcased a quiz on nutrition and climate change.
In order to initiate collaborations between the bayklif projects and the Bavarian state offices, an initial workshop was held on 29th of March 2019 in Weihenstephan. The participants, including the Bavarian State Forests, the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, the State Office for Agriculture, the State Office for Viticulture and Horticulture, the State Office for Environment and the bayklif junior and senior research associations, presented themselves and talked about collaborations and data exchange. Many exciting possibilities for cooperation were discussed and will hopefully lead to successful collaborations in the future.
On 10th of December 2018, bayklif presented the research projects funded within the Climate Policy Programme Bavaria 2050 by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts to 140 guests at the bayklif kick-off event at the Museum Mensch und Natur in Munich.
It was a great pleasure for the scientist and the bayklif main office staff to welcome the Bavarian state minister Bern Sibler, who held a very dedicated speech, addressing all members of the research network and guests of the event. The minister talked about his own experiences and impressions from his home in Lower Bavaria during the many floodings in recent years and stressed the importance of the matter. We were equally happy to welcome representatives from many other important Bavarian institutions, with whom we hope to foster a close collaboration. Moreover, we received scientists and employees from nearly all Bavarian universities as well as numerous media representatives. Wir would like to thank all guests for coming and hope to find many partners among the proven climate experts for a good and productive collaboration towards a common goal. Of course, we are also open to collaborations with partners who weren’t able to attend this event. Thanks to Tobias Chmura of the Bayerischer Rundfunk for leading us through the program and to all other people who contributed to the event.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the national academy of the Chinese People’s Republic for mathematics, physics, chemics, bio- and medical sciences, geography, informatics and technical sciences. It is the biggest academy in the whole world with approx. 60,000 scientists.
The last visit of the directors of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) one year ago had the aim to improve the scientific exchanges between China and Bavaria. This intercultural cooperation could hereby be etablished. On July 03, 2018 directors and co-directors from different disciplines of formal sciences, humanities and especially natural sciences visited us at the BioSysM building to deepen those relationships.
Focus of that visit was the international sponsorship of sciences, especially between China and Europe, but also on a federal level. Dr. Saskia Graf of the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) referred on that topic and answered many questions on it. BayFOR especially advises scientists to competitions on european research fields.
The managing director of bayklif, Dr. Ulrike Kaltenhauser, referred about the special advantages of the unique interdisciplinary research funding in Bavaria, through research networks that are funded on state level. Such research networks make it possible to answer complex and specific questions relevant to Bavaria that require consideration across disciplines, e.g. the direct local climate impacts on biodiversity. Furthermore, the successful history of promoting science in Bavaria, also on the basis of the offices advised by bayklif, BayGene, and BioSysNet was discussed. An important focus was to decide which factors make up a good science management and synergetic network.
On 7th of May 2018, the first network meeting of bayklif took place in the BioSysM building in Großhadern. Each project was presented, then there was time to network and get to know each other. It was a harmonious and informative meeting resulting in promising ideas for new cooperations. We are very excited to find out, what the scientists in this network will achieve!