President of Nepal visited the Telegrafenberg

President Ram Chandra Paudel

Group photo in front of the Einstein Tower on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg: Nepalese President Paudel with his wife and the delegation as well as the host research institutions GFZ, AIP, PIK and RIFS.

Credit: Reinhardt und Sommer
June 19, 2024 //

On June 16, 2024, the President of Nepal, Ram Chandra Paudel, visited the research institutes on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg, including the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics (AIP), during his state visit to Germany. President Paudel, who was accompanied by his wife and a delegation, was welcomed by GFZ Executive Board Prof. Dr. Susanne Buiter and Dr. Stefan Schwartze, Dr. Ludwig Stroink and Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz, Scientific Director of the AIP.

The focus of the visit was based on future and existing research cooperation in the areas of climate change, environmental protection and natural disasters. Nepal, a country in the Himalayas, is particularly affected by earthquakes and flood disasters, which trigger glacier melting and heavy rainfall. President Paudel emphasized the importance of cooperation and was impressed by the wide range of research carried out on the Telegrafenberg.

The discussions with President Paudel's delegation took place in the Telegrafenberg Historical Library. Afterwards, the delegation visited the AIP's Great Refractor, which was presented by Matthias Steinmetz. Another stop on President Paudel's tour was the AIP's historical solar telescope the Einstein Tower.

The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aims at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and E-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.
Last update: 20. June 2024