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Two weeks till Accra - We are preparing for Africa

In two weeks young scientists from Ghana and other African regions will meet geoscientists from Geoverbund ABC/J in Accra, to get in contact with the latest methods of modern geoscientific research – modeling and simulation with supercomputers. The vision: Soil Research can support a secure and sustainable food production for Africa – and a week together could be the first step for future cooperation of geoscientists from both sides of the bridge.

'The journey will start at the end of November. My colleague Erhard and I will join a team of Jülich scientists, technicians and colleagues from the human resources and international department. While our colleagues will be responsible for the official PASCAL program (summer school, hackathon, career fair etc.), we will not participate directly in the event. Much more, we will try to give a good insight into what is going on during this special week in Accra. Starting in January, the whole team of PASCAL put a lot of effort into planning the event', says Marcel Bülow, the social media editor from corporate communications.
He explains, 'Besides the actual travel preparations (visa, flights, transfer etc.), we will put together all our technical stuff (camera, microphone, tripod etc.) and will wrap it up for transfer. Later on, we will create a media kit with information on the project, on Forschungszentrum Jülich, and some useful hashtags and social media channels that we can hand over to journalists, we will meet in Accra and to the PASCAL participants.'

Erhard Zeiss is the second colleague from corporate communications and excited to go to Accra. He adds, 'Before we’ll leave for Ghana, the colleagues at the German Embassy and at WASCAL will send out information on the the PASCAL-project and the week in Accra to journalists via their mailing lists, including an invitation to come and report on the project in whatever media – in Ghana e.g. radio is a big thing. Our aim of cause is to reach and meet as many interested journalists as possible, and it would be a big success if we managed to do so.'