Category Archives: International collaboration

Casual conversations

Last Thursday, I came across a casual conversation in my facebook “news” feed. I’ll call the two participants A and B. It all started with A posting a link about a rather large number of people “fleeing Rome” last Wednesday … Continue reading

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Planes, trains and meeting rooms

I find myself traveling quite a bit again these days. I used to travel a lot for meetings to discuss and plan research cruises when I worked for the USAP, then not so much during my rather brief stint in … Continue reading

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News from the tower of Babel

This morning, I had a news release from the US National Science Foundation in my inbox: a new ice coring record was set in Greenland this season. That is good news in itself, since it will give climate researchers a … Continue reading

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Wait – fire up the neurons first!

Hold on a minute with that laser! This new job comes with an incredible amount of information that needs to be absorbed/internalized/processed: 14 countries are involved, plus the German Electron Synchrotron DESY. To complicate things, the contributions by the different … Continue reading

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Fire up the laser!

So tomorrow is the day – my first day at the European XFEL. There is much to do until the facility is ready for science in 2014 – first, there are contracts to sign by a number of different countries, … Continue reading

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Let’s do this together

One of the things about polar research – in the Arctic and the Antarctic – I’ve always found interesting and just plain cool is that it’s pretty international. These environments are remote and harsh enough, and operations and logistics are … Continue reading

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Sometimes, really big is just big enough

There’s a new, big building site in my hometown of Hamburg, Germany: the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser, or European XFEL, a mega science facility funded by 16 European countries to be commissioned in 2014. Actually, it’s three building sites, two … Continue reading

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