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State Secretary Visits the RCC

Cornelia Quennet-Thielen of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research


On Friday 25 February 2011, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research Cornelia Quennet-Thielen visited the Rachel Carson Center in order to learn more about the Center’s research and activities. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing 11.6 million Euros of funding for the research of the RCC over a period of six years. In a meet-and-greet session, attended by Carson Fellows and RCC staff, Quennet-Thielen inquired about each person’s research project as well as how each individual had learned about the Center. She also expressed interest in daily life at the Center and took time to converse with attendees. The session, facilitated by RCC Director Christof Mauch, was an exciting opportunity for the RCC to showcase its diverse portfolio of projects, including innovative interdisciplinary research, study groups, summer institutes, workshops, public exhibitions and events, and the creation of a digital environmental humanities portal. The State Secretary, who served in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety for over fifteen years, was impressed by the intensity of the RCC’s research activity and its stimulating atmosphere for international collaboration.

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Carson Fellows discussing their research with the State Secretary Quennet-Thielen

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RCC Director Christof Mauch and the State Secretary conversing at the event's conclusion