Girls'Day: Students explore the world of climate science at PIK

10/04/2019 – On Girls'Day – Future Prospects for Girls – on March 28th, 2019 around 100,000 girls across the country left stereotypes behind to get to know professions and academic disciplines in which women are still underrepresented. Among them several young students who wanted to learn more about climate science and working as a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Girls'Day: Students explore the world of climate science at PIK
No easy task: Young students at a simulated UN Climate Conference. Photo: PIK

Physicist Levke Casar welcomed the students and gave first a short introduction to the institute's history and the various research disciplines. Afterwards, the girls had the opportunity to explore the "Weather Factory" – an interactive museum that was designed by students for students to learn more about the difference between weather and climate.

In the subsequent discussion, PIK scientist Levke Caesar and Christina Roolfs presented their research on the slowing Gulf Stream and on carbon pricing, respectively, and answered questions on their career paths as well as on challenges and stereotypes, which they had to overcome as female scientists. Inspired by the experience and encouragement of the two scientists, during the final climate conference simulation the girls turned into climate negotiators to experience some of the dynamics and challenges that emerge in the UN climate negotiations.

Girls'Day is considered the world's largest career orientation project for female students: Since its start in 2001, approx. 1.9 million girls have participated. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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