#PurpleLightUp for the Day of People with Disabilities

12/03/2021 - To highlight the inclusion of people with disabilities, the research institutions on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg have jointly hoisted a purple flag at the entrance of Albert Einstein Science Park. This was initiated, among others, by the Administrative Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Bettina Hörstrup. The activity is part of the international #PurpleLightUp campaign.
#PurpleLightUp for the Day of People with Disabilities
The purple flag hissed at the entrance of Albert Einstein Science Park Potsdam. Photo: Johannes Räbel/GFZ

"Diversity and equal opportunities are key issues for us", Hörstrup explained. This also includes paying attention to people with disabilities. As one step on the path to inclusion, PIK has already signed the 'Diversity Charter'.

The flag hoisting was attended by Niels Hovius and Stefan Schwartze, Directors of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ), Wolfram Rosenbach from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), and Karen Vogt from the Potsdam branch of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). The institutes had decided to hoist the flag, made in a workshop for the disabled, instead of setting a special violet illumination in order to avoid additional light pollution and energy consumption.


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