Federal Research Minister visits PIK

01/09/2023 - The Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger has visited the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). She spoke for almost two hours with climate economist and PIK Director Ottmar Edenhofer, as well as with Administrative Director Bettina Hörstrup and Gunnar Luderer from the Copernicus research project ARIADNE on energy transition policy. Topics included the federal government's hydrogen strategy and research into economic models for extracting CO2 from the air and storing it underground, as well as research into energy systems.
Federal Research Minister visits PIK
Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger together with PIK Director Ottmar Edenhofer in conversation with representatives of the media. Photo: PIK

"PIK plays an immensely important role," the minister told media during her visit. "For example, the Climate Protection Science Platform, for which Ottmar Edenhofer is responsible, is a transmission link between the excellent science that is done here on an interdisciplinary basis and the policy advice, where it is then really a matter of taking action." There are a number of issues here, such as energy storage, grid expansion, electricity markets, so the challenge is how all these technologies can be brought together. "For this systemic approach, we need the science."

Ottmar Edenhofer thanked the minister for her keen interest in PIK research. "We as scientists are not substitute politicians, but we show viable paths, the risks and opportunities, and what is economically effective." All of this has direct relevance for for stakeholders and citizens alike. "The climate problem is serious, and research offers its contribution to its solution."

Prior to the talks at PIK, the minister had also visited its neighboring institutes, the Geoforschungs-Zentrum and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. It was her first visit to Potsdam's Telegrafenberg as a federal minister.