2018: VAO-Symposium in Grenoble, France

Registration deadline 16th February 2018

From 13 to 15 March 2018, the Virtual Alpine Observatory (VAO) will host an international symposium to present its latest findings and encourage networking activities. The symposium will be held in Grenoble, France, and will include presentations about new results from science and technology as well as about new project initiatives.

Alpine high altitude research stations contribute significantly to the monitoring, understanding, and forecasting of processes in the Earth system. Their exposed location creates almost ideal conditions for the investigation of many physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere, geosphere, cryo- and hydrosphere, as well as biosphere. The Virtual Alpine Observatory supports the research activities of European high altitude research stations by aggregating their measurements and performing joint research projects. VAO is contributing to the Alpine Convention and to EUSALP. Access to other data and to high performance computing facilities creates rare research opportunities.

The symposium provides an ideal forum for obtaining up-to-date information about the latest developments, exchanging ideas, identifying future trends, and networking with the international high altitude research community.

more information and online registration

Contact at VAO Office

Birgit Einhellinger
Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection
Rosenkavalierplatz 2, 81925 Munich - Germany
Tel. +49 89 9214-3404
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VAO Event "Climate change - Identify and act on risks" 29.06.2017 in Brussels

Video über das virtuelle Alpenobservatorium - Externer Link zum YouTube-Kanal des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Umwelt und VerbraucherschutzMore than 100 representatives from politics, business and research accepted the invitation of the Bavarian State Minister Ulrike Scharf and met on June 29, 2017 at the Bavarian Representation in Brussels. Theme of the event was "Climate change - Identify and act on risks". In addition to Ulrike Scharf, the Bavarian State Minister for Environment and Consumer Protection, key note speeches have also been given by Dr Andrea Tilche, European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Head of Unit Climate Action and Earth Observation, and Dr Jiří Buriánek, Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions. Dr Lützenkirchen, Siemens Munich and Mr. Schiansky, Siemens environmental insurance, were discussing the impact of climate change on industrial or commercial enterprises as well as their need for resilient climate data as a basis for developing necessary climate adaptation strategies. Both economic and political representatives have emphasized the need to address the urgent scientific and societal questions about global climate change with joint, cross-border research. Prof Dr Michael Bittner, Head of Department German Aerospace Center (DLR) German Remote Sensing Data Center Atmosphere Oberpfaffenhofen and Chairman of the VAO Board presented the strategy of the "Virtual Alps Observatory" (VAO) to the public for the very first time. The climate data delivered by VAO research can form the basis for political and economic decisions. The paper presents the strategic orientation of the VAO for the next 10 years and the most important upcoming VAO climate research topics.

Dr Hürkamp, Helmholtz Zentrum München, presented a specific VAO project from the practice: Scientists from UFS on the Zugspitze, ZAMG on the Sonnblick in Austria and HJGF on the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland are investigating the influence of climate change on the water balance.



Ca. 100 Gäste besuchten die Veranstaltung in der Bayerischen Vertretung in Brüssel

Approx. 100 guests attended the event at the Bavarian Representation in Brussels

alle Vortragenden (von links nach rechts): Moderatorin Silke Wettach, Dr. Kerstin Hürkamp, Dr. Andrea Tilche, Ulrike Scharf MdL, Dr. Jiří Buriánek, Prof. Dr. Bittner, Dr. Lützenkirchen und Martin Schiansky

All speakers from left to right: Moderator Silke Wettach, Dr Kerstin Hürkamp, Dr Andrea Tilche, Ulrike Scharf MdL, Dr Jiří Buriánek, Prof Dr Bittner, Dr Lützenkirchen and Martin SchianskyA

Gäste während des Stehempfangs

Guests during the standing reception

Prof. Dr. Bittner (rechts) überreicht das VAO-Strategiepapier an (von links nach rechts) an Dr. Andrea Tilche, Ulrike Scharf MdL und Dr. Jiří Buriánek

Prof Dr Bittner (on the right) hands over a VAO strategy paper (from the left to the right) to Dr Andrea Tilche, to Ulrike Scharf MdL and Dr Jiří Buriánek

die Moderatorin Silke Wettach in Diskussion mit den Vertretern aus Wirtschaft und Versicherungswesen, Dr. Lützenkirchen und Martin Schiansky

Moderator Silke Wettach in discussion with the representatives from business and insurance, Dr Lützenkirchen and Martin Schiansky.

Das Publikum

The audience