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The Thünen Institute at the Green Week

After a break due to Corona, the International Green Week is taking place again this year in Berlin as a trade fair for the general public. The Thünen Institute will participate with various activities.

Foto des Nordeingangs des Berliner Messegeländes im Gegenlicht mit wehenden Grüne-Woche-Fahnen.
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International Green Week in Berlin

From January 20 to 29, 2023, the International Green Week, the world's largest food and agricultural fair, will take place again in Berlin.

Things will be colorful at the joint stand of the Thünen Institute, the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) and the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE). The three institutions are developing methods for a nationwide monitoring of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes (joint project MonViA). Their presentations at the "Biodiversity" theme island in BMEL Hall 23a are correspondingly diverse. The Thünen Institute's exhibition segment focuses on monitoring wild bees, important flower pollinators, in agricultural landscapes. How can their occurrence be recorded, how can the different species be determined? How can interested citizens contribute to obtaining an area-wide overview as part of a citizen science approach? This will be explained at the stand and explored in more detail in an entertaining way on LED screens and in the stage program.

Also in Hall 23a, the joint stand with the Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft (KTLB) will focus on National Animal Welfare Monitoring – in the NaTiMon project, a basis is being developed for the regular assessment of animal welfare indicators for the husbandry, transport and slaughter of livestock, which can be used to measure progress and identify the need for change. This is an important step toward the goal of regularly publishing an animal welfare report in the future that provides neutral information for all stakeholders.

In the Rural Areas Hall (Hall 27), visitors can use the interactive Landatlas (Rural Atlas) to find out about the living situations in the various regions of Germany: The online atlas, developed by the Thünen Institute, can be explored playfully on a large monitor. Data on population structure, housing situation, accessibility of doctors, schools, supermarkets or e-charging stations and much more can be found on maps that can be zoomed down to the district level.

The Green Week is accompanied by an extensive supporting program, including the Future Forum on Rural Development (Zukunftsforum Ländliche Entwicklung). There, the Thünen Institute is significantly represented in two expert forums: "Climate-positive rural areas: our vision for 2045" (Klimapositive ländliche Raume: Unser Zukunftsbild für 2045) on January 25, and "Peatland rewetting as a task for generations" (Moorbodenvernässung als Generationenaufgabe) on January 26.

Traditionally linked to the Green Week is the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture; this year also with a Science Slam, where five ten-minute entertaining slam presentations will be held in English. One of the slammers is the young scientist Lia Orr from the Thünen Institute with her topic "Food for Thought – A childhood-dream of an apple and how a scientist helped". The Science Slam will take place on January 20, from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. in the BMEL Hall 23a.

At the Young Farmers' Congress at the Green Week on Jan. 21 in Hub27, a panel discussion is scheduled on the topic: "Laboratory meat – competition, opportunity or death of animal husbandry?“ (in German). The discussion will be moderated by Kathrin Muus, a scientist at the Thünen Institute.

The topic of fish/fisheries will not be neglected either. A staff member of the Thünen Institute will be presenting the online portal Fischbestände Online (Fish Stocks Online) at the stand of the Fish Information Center in Hall 22a from Jan. 21-25. And the director of the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Christopher Zimmermann, will be live on stage in BMEL Hall 23a for a longer interview on the afternoon of Jan. 21.


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