We, the geophysicists at the University of Bremen, are pleased to host the 83rd Annual Meeting of the German Geophysical Society on our campus from 5 to 9 March 2023. It is a double pleasure: after two years in an online format, the conference can finally happen in presence again, and, after 17 years, for a second time here in Bremen.
The annual conference is of course once again themed around a lively scientific exchange. In addition to presentations of geophysical methods, data and results, the company presentations, the meetings of the working groups, the Meet & Greet and the job exchange, this week is much more: a place for the so important personal encounters and discussions on the sidelines. New project ideas and cooperations have always been born here, and careers have also started here. For this reason, we are planning extensive poster presentations in addition to the daily lecture blocks. This is intended to give young scientists in particular the opportunity to present and discuss their work with a broad specialist audience. This was hardly possible for many in recent years due to the pandemic restrictions and we all know how important this direct exchange is.
The main scientific topics this year reflect the geophysical research fields at Bremen and Bremerhaven. At the same time, they also illustrate the increasing importance of geophysics in times of energy source transition and climate change. With focal points on: "Renewable energies - contributions of geophysics on land and at sea" as well as "Geophysics - a tool for exploring the rapidly changing polar regions" and "(Marine) natural disasters - from observation to long-term monitoring and modelling", we take the growing role of geophysics in exploring our environment into account. This year's DGG colloquium is again an integral part of our annual conference with an applied topic "Mineral Exploration Geophysics" on Wednesday. In addition, topics of basic research, such as the planned focus on "Tectonics and dynamics of rifts and ridges", will of course not lose their importance. It is precisely this combination of basic and applied research that shows the great potential and importance of geophysics - also for society.
The question of how the DGG can in future communicate its findings more strongly to society and also to politics is therefore of growing topicality and explosiveness. The "DGG Future Workshop", which will take place on Thursday and Friday directly after the Annual Conference at the conference venue under the auspices of the DGG Board, will therefore be dedicated to this topic.
We hope to see as many of you as possible in Bremen!
The organization team of the 83rd DGG Conference in Bremen