Bayklif-Retreat at the Evangelic Academy in Tutzing

 From February 10th to 11th the members of bayklif met for a retreat to inform themselves about the progress of the projects and to work out new concepts of cooperation together. The interesting lectures stimulated the participants of the meeting to exciting discussions and informed them about many new aspects. All members can download the presentation slides on the intranet. Almost each of the bayklif sub-projects was given the opportunity to briefly present its progress.


Everyone enjoyed the intensive collaboration very much, not least because of the beautiful location, which also added to the fact that everyone could spontaneously feel comfortable in this place. In the evening, joint plans for the future were made in smaller groups. In addition to the presentation of the LandKlif sub-projects, the second day was also reserved for the implementation of several workshops, in which various subject areas were worked out intensively in several parallel sessions.



The topics of the workshops:


1) Science communication (in 2 parts)

PD Dr. Marc-Denis Weitze, German Academy of Engineering Sciences

This workshop imparted the basics of science communication, media handling and public relations.


2) Joint data evaluations and review articles by bayklif Network

Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg
The aim of the workshop was to promote substantive cooperation between the associations and junior research groups.


3) Species Distribution Models 

Dr. Christian Hof, Technical University of Munich

The workshop gave a theoretical and practical insight and an overview of the design and methods of SDMs.


4) Mechanistic biodiversity models 

Dr. Juliano Sarmento-Cabral, Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg

Adding to the third workshop, an insight into basic concepts of mechanistic modeling in ecology was provided.


5) Towards the Bavarian Atlas of Ecosystem Services

Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner, University of Bayreuth

The aim of this workshop was to develop ideas for an atlas for ecosystem services that can be used throughout Bavaria.

Interview with Sarah Kessler in Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sarah Kessler, PhD student in the BAYSICS senior research association subproject 10, has recently given an interview in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Her research at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich is on why climate change is so hard to communicate. Read more... 

Members of the Bavarian Network for Climate Research congratulate the Ministry of Environment on its 50th birthday 

Prof. Weisser, Dr. Ulrike Kaltenhauser and Prof. Jörg Ewald congratulate Minister Glauber to the 50th anniversary of the Ministry of Environment. 

Climate change, forests and biodiversity - short presentations at the faculty of forestation in Freising


Joining the project of Public Climate School in cooperation with Students for Future and Fridays for Future, the professorship for Land-Surface-Atmosphere-Interactions at Weihenstephan invites to an evening of short presentations on climate change, forests and biodiversity, including presentations of bayklif project leaders Anja Rammig and Annette Menzel.


Monday, 25.11.2019 - 19:00 Uhr 

Hörsaal 22 der Forstfakultät 

Hans Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, Freising

Hof gives an interview warning about climate crisis

Dr. Christian Hof, head of Junior Research Group MINTBIO gave an interview to the newspaper "Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung" on the climate crisis and its meaning for humanity. He, as many other scientists, warns about inimaginable human suffering. What this means, he explains here.  

BAYSICS: The third tree "Tree 4.0" is online

















His name is Willibald and he is placed in the "Eichstätter Hofgarten": The third tree of Senior Research Association BAYSICS is now online. The data can be observed online.

Interested citizens can inform themselves about the tree's reaction on the weather. 


Press articles (german):

Bistum Eichstätt - Interview mit Willibald

Donaukurier: Willi sagt, wie es ihm geht

BR Mediathek: Fernsehbeitrag

Newest issue of "Nature" on climate change

The newest issue of one of the most prestigeous science magazines "Nature" warns: "Time to Act" and the "Economist" also chooses this topic, see here.

Cooperation: BLIZ & HyBBEx develop forest condition monitor

It is now possible to visualize forest conditions through a cooperation of the two bayklif projects BLIZ and HyBBEx based on comparing the vegetation greenness through remote sensing data. To access the forest condition monitor, follow this link

Bavarian Order of Merit for Dr. Ulrike Kaltenhauser

In honor of her commitment in the area of sciences in Bavaria, Dr. Ulrike Kaltenhauser received the Bavarian Order of Merit on Monday, 22nd of July 2019. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder honored her together with 57 other laureates within a festive ceremony in the antiquarian hall of the Münchner Residenz. 

BAYSICS - TV report in Bayerischer Rundfunk

Abendschau - der Süden, 26.6.2019:                                                                                     "Baumgrenzen in den Alpen: immer höher hinauf"

This interesting TV report shows Prof. Ewald (BAYSICS SP6) and his students from the Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf searching for the highest tree line for different species in the alps above Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

2nd network meeting

28th of June 2019,  BioSysM building in Großhadern

A great success: EAT festival at Biotopia Museum in Munich

This years EAT festival took place on 26th of May 2019 at the Biotopia Museum inside Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich. This event presents talks, events and booths regarding the future of food and nutrition to the general public. bayklif was represented with a booth and showcased a quiz on nutrition and climate change. 

BayTreeNet kick-off event

Workshop on collaboration with the Bavarian state offices

In order to initiate collaborations between the bayklif projects and the Bavarian state offices, an initial workshop was held on 29th of March 2019 in Weihenstephan. The participants, including the Bavarian State Forests, the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, the State Office for Agriculture, the State Office for Viticulture and Horticulture, the State Office for Environment and the bayklif junior and senior research associations, presented themselves and talked about collaborations and data exchange. Many exciting possibilities for cooperation were discussed and will hopefully lead to successful collaborations in the future. 

Nature publication from Prof. Steffan-Dewenter:                        "Climate–land-use interactions shape tropical mountain biodiversity and ecosystem functions"

Conclusions that are derived from studies in non-mountainous areas are not suitable for predicting the effects of land-use changes on tropical mountains because the climatic environment rapidly changes with elevation, which may mitigate or amplify the effects of land use. It is of key importance to understand how the interplay of climate and land use constrains biodiversity and ecosystem functions to determine the consequences of global change for mountain ecosystems. Prof. Dr. Steffan-Dewenter, PD Dr. Marcell Peters and colleagues have studied the interacting effects of climate and land use on Africa's largest mountain, the Kilimanjaro. You can find the whole article here

Publication from Prof. Johannes Kollmann:                                  "Generalist solitary ground-nesting bees dominate diversity survey in intensively managed agricultural land"

Together with Erica J. Ahrenfeldt, Henning B. Madsen, Lene Sigsgaard and Hans Skov-Petersen, Prof. Kollamann has studied and analyzed wild bees during the strawbery bloom. The scientists compared bees on six different organic and conventional strawberry fields in Denmark and published their findings in the Journal of Mellitology.

Congratulations to a successful completion and the excellent results of the project network "BayKlimaFit - Strategies for the Adaptation of Crops to Climate Change"

The research network's aim was to investigate important findings regarding the adaptation of crops to climate change and to contribute to the climate adaptation strategy of Bavaria. The last few years have shown that our crops have to deal with situations of extreme stress during widely varying environmental conditions. Understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms that are used by plants such as corn, barley and wheat to defend themselves against abiotic stress such as waterlogging, coldness, drought or heat, can help develop more efficient strategies to strengthen their resilience. The resulting measures are aligned with the Bavarian climate adaption strategy BayKLAS. More information can be found here.

Article by Dr. Hof: "Bloß nicht noch mehr Mais"                          in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

Nature is put into a stranglehold by climate change. Dr. Christian Hof, bayklif junior group leader and researcher of biodiversity at the Technical University of Munich, explains why "climate friendly" energy crops could torpedo the urgently needed measures for species protection. Read the whole article here

First bayklif publication from Dr. Christian Hof

bayklif kick-off event

On 10th of December 2018 at Museum Mensch und Natur in Munich

On 10th of December 2018, bayklif presented the research projects funded within the Climate Policy Programme Bavaria 2050 by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts to 140 guests at the bayklif kick-off event at the Museum Mensch und Natur in Munich. 


It was a great pleasure for the scientist and the bayklif main office staff to welcome the Bavarian state minister Bern Sibler, who held a very dedicated speech, addressing all members of the research network and guests of the event. The minister talked about his own experiences and impressions from his home in Lower Bavaria during the many floodings in recent years and stressed the importance of the matter. We were equally happy to welcome representatives from many other important Bavarian institutions, with whom we hope to foster a close collaboration. Moreover, we received scientists and employees from nearly all Bavarian universities as well as numerous media representatives. Wir would like to thank all guests for coming and hope to find many partners among the proven climate experts for a good and productive collaboration towards a common goal. Of course, we are also open to collaborations with partners who weren't able to attend this event. Thanks to Tobias Chmura of the Bayerischer Rundfunk for leading us through the program and to all other people who contributed to the event. 

Opening event of BLIZ

The photos taken at the opening event of our Senior Research Association "BLIZ" show a promising start into a successfull cooperation. 

Chinese Academy of Sciences visiting bayklif

3rd of July 2018, BioSysM building in Großhadern

The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the national academy of the Chinese People's Republic for mathematics, physics, chemics, bio- and medical sciences, geography, informatics and technical sciences. It is the biggest academy in the whole world with approx. 60,000 scientists.  


The last visit of the directors of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) one year ago had the aim to improve the scientific exchanges between China and Bavaria. This intercultural cooperation could hereby be etablished. On July 03, 2018 directors and co-directors from different disciplines of formal sciences, humanities and especially natural sciences visited us at the BioSysM building to deepen those relationships.  


Focus of that visit was the international sponsorship of sciences, especially between China and Europe, but also on a federal level. Dr. Saskia Graf of the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) referred on that topic and answered many questions on it. BayFOR especially advises scientists to competitions on european research fields. 


The managing director of bayklif, Dr. Ulrike Kaltenhauser, referred about the special advantages of the unique interdisciplinary research funding in Bavaria, through research networks that are funded on state level. Such research networks make it possible to answer complex and specific questions relevant to Bavaria that require consideration across disciplines, e.g. the direct local climate impacts on biodiversity. Furthermore, the successful history of promoting science in Bavaria, also on the basis of the offices advised by bayklif, BayGene, and BioSysNet was discussed. An important focus was to decide which factors make up a good science management and synergetic network.

1st network meeting in Großhadern

7th of May 2018, BioSysM building in Großhadern

On 7th of May 2018, the first network meeting of bayklif took place in the BioSysM building in Großhadern.  Each project was presented, then there was time to network and get to know each other. It was a harmonious and informative meeting resulting in promising ideas for new cooperations. We are very excited to find out, what the scientists in this network will achieve!