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Michael Hupfer elected member of the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin

Honour for a scientist at the interface of theory and practice
IGB researcher Prof Michael Hupfer has been elected as a new member of the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin e.V. The learned society is thus honouring his achievements in the field of aquatic ecology and his commitment to water protection.

Michael Hupfer am IGB. | Foto: David Ausserhofer

The Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin e.V. actually dates back to its foundation by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in 1700, making it one of the oldest scientific organisations in Germany.

The Leibniz-Sozietät has around 300 members from Germany and abroad. Members are elected according to strict scientific criteria. It brings together outstanding scientists from the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and technology and offers its members a forum for interdisciplinary discourse. An important guiding principle of the universal scholar Leibniz was "Theoria cum Praxi", the combination of basic research and application. 

IGB researcher Dr Michael Hupfer has now been appointed as a new member. "This Leibniz principle has also become a guiding principle for my scientific work", he said in his acceptance speech.

Michael Hupfer's aim is to use his membership of the society to improve the way we deal with the major challenges of water availability and quality: " I see a good opportunity here for the Leibniz-Sozietät to pool knowledge, look at things from different disciplinary perspectives and disseminate the findings to society. Not through alarmism, but above all through sound knowledge transfer to raise awareness of these problems. This can take the form of publications in the established series, the organisation of interdisciplinary conferences or discussion rounds with stakeholders. Knowledge transfer has not become any easier, especially in today's social constellation where complicated truths are difficult to find a hearing or are distorted. But we should still try! In my new role as a member of the Leibniz-Sozietät, I would like to make a contribution."

We wish Michael Hupfer much success and enjoyment in his work for this network!

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Michael Hupfer

Research Group Leader
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Biogeochemical Processes in Sediments and Lake Management

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