The Coordination Office

In order to guarantee effective, efficient science management, the Coordination Office functions as a link between the actual research projects and the various stakeholders in research, whether from industry, politics, science or the public.


Further information:
Dr. Ute Münch 
Tel.: +49 (0)331 288 1079
Fax: +49 (0)331 288 1077

The GEOTECHNOLOGIEN Coordination Office, which is administratively attached to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam – German Research Centre for Geosciences, organizes and designs the research-accompanying management of the R&D programme. The focus is on tasks of science management itself and in particular the areas of science communication and technology transfer.

Science management:
The preparation of tenders, which are published by both the DFG and the BMBF, includes several steps ranging from the initial round table exploratory discussions to the detailed wording of the actual tender texts. Also the review meetings held during the bidding rounds and the later information given to the reviewers with regard to research progress and findings are organized by the Coordination Office.

Science communication:
Communication focuses on a wide range of target groups from science, politics, business and the public. For this reason the channels used for reporting and information are very varied. The regular newsletters inform project partners and interested parties about current topics from the R&D programme. The Science Report series is an established publication basis for research findings and many event formats make it possible to link science with politics and the public. The Coordination Office is also involved in the area of education, among other things in the form of further training for teachers in an exhibition context ("Wissenschaft erleben" – "Experience Science") or the GeoEd network, which is coordinated together with GeoUnion, PROGRESS and the IASS.
You can consult the newsletter (Insight 2/2013) and the issues of the Science Report series (Scientific Report "CLEAN") in the media centre.

Technology transfer:
To gain the interest of business, the special needs of users are taken into consideration, for example by already including company representatives during the coordination process for new research topics. Innovative fields of technology and possibilities of implementing them economically can thus be identified early and taken into account in the funding announcements of the programme. This rather demand-oriented behaviour contrasts with offer-oriented strategies. These aim at early identification of ideas and innovations which have been developed in the course of basic research-oriented projects without the involvement of industry and offering them to potential business users. This "innovation scouting" incidentally relates not only to GEOTECHNOLOGIEN projects. Geotechmarket is a platform for all the geosciences in Germany.
You will find more information about technology transfer on the Geotechmarket website.

GEOTECHNOLOGIEN ist ein geowissenschaftliches Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprogramm und wird vom Bildungsministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) und der Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) gefördert.