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New cooperation agreement between CRC 1211 and Andinas Chile

Great news to be announced

CRC1211 AndinasChile 24062021 meetingThe CRC 1211 is happy to announce a new collaboration with “Andinas Chile” to provide valuable opportunities for all members of the Andean community, such as participation in training courses, attendance at seminars, financial support for research proposals, and short internships for master, Ph.D., and post-doc programs.

During a virtual meeting between representatives of Andinas Chile and the CRC 1211 different opportunities were discussed for a mutual collaboration. Andinas Chile is an independent non-profit organization that reaches out to scientific women in different disciplines in Geosciences and Biology in Chile. Andinas Chile is a great space for all women in Geosciences and a perfect stimulus for girls curious about geology, geophysics, biology or other similar areas.

All members of the CRC will benefit from this new alliance and collaborate with the main goal of Andinas: generate and share geoscientific experiences and make them more visible to younger generations, along with strengthening the women geoscientific network in Chile and around the world. All this creates unique opportunities for mutual learning between students and professionals of different ages.


Do not hesitate to get in contact with them! More information about the activities of Andinas Chile can be found on social media:

Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/andinaschile/

Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/andinas-chile

AndinasChile : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_5EHEzQxuARG9OiNZ7ZyQ


Website: coming soon


The CRC 1211 and Andinas Chile are looking forward to an active and fruitful collaboration between Chilean/German students and researchers, facilitating future investigations and future of scientific collaborations.


Once again, entomologists of B2 in the field

From January 14 to February 28, Chilean entomologists from subproject B2 conducted an extensive fieldwork campaign in the Atacama Desert and adjacent regions to address tasks of the second phase of CRC1211. This campaign was divided in two main parts.

The first part involved the installation of trap systems in five longitudinal transects south of the hyperarid area of the Atacama Desert between Copiapó and Coquimbo (27º-30ºS) and from the coast to high Andes (above 4,700 m asl). The objective of this experiment was to obtain material for a better and general understanding of the origin/migration corridors of insects, particularly darkling beetles, inhabiting the hyperarid Atacama Desert, i.e., an understanding of the biogeographical interactions between the Coquimbo and Atacama regions.

During the second part of the trip, we installed an experimental station in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert with the main goal of defining a desert region largely devoid of metabolically active organisms. The chosen locality is south of Calama on the western slope of the Cordillera Domeyko at above 3,000 m asl. To first confirm the complete absence of arthropods, we set up a large-scale pitfall trap system covering an area about 8,100 m2 This experimental station works with a flexible weather station which is provided by colleagues of the Z-cluster and is controlled in regular intervals of two months.

After 11,132 kilometers covered, about 70 collection points and more than 20 kg of collected material, our journey was successfully completed and besides the often very demanding scientific work, many beautiful and funny stories remain in our memories.




IMG 1029 1 350pxNycterinus feeding on cacti
Photo: Alvaro Zúñiga


IMG 1029 1 350pxPitfall traps worked
Photo: Alvaro Zúñiga


IMG 1029 1 350pxPsectrascelis pilosa a sand swimmer
Photo: Alvaro Zúñiga


IMG 1029 1 350pxExperimental station under contruction
Photo: Alvaro Zúñiga


IMG 1029 1 350pxExperimental station looking for life in the hyperarid core of Atacama
Photo: Alvaro Zúñiga



IMG 1029 1 350pxEnding the trip
Photo: Alvaro Zúñiga



CRC 1211 at the annual meeting of the DMG sections Geochemistry, Petrology & Petrophysics


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Gather.Town group picture

This year’s section meeting of the Geochemistry, Petrology & Petrophysics groups of the DMG just took place on June 5th & 6th. The two-day event was -of course- organized online, via the online platform GatherTown. Organizers truly outdid themselves in creating a large, interactive and fun space for researchers from all over Germany to interact with each other, exchange ideas, and have a good time. The UoC contributed to the two-day event with talks and posters, while the CRC 1211 was represented by two posters from C04 and D02.

As a cherry on top, this year’s poster-prize went to PhD student Niklas Wehmann (C04), who is working on deciphering the transformation process of water-bearing gypsum to water-free anhydrite in the Atacama Desert.

We surely are looking forward to many more productive meetings of this kind and discuss -maybe even in person- the latest research from all over the country.


view poster (poster-prize winner Niklas Wehmann)

CRC 1211 Summer Lecture Series 2021

Summer Lecture 2021

for all CRC 1211 members

Mondays during the summer semester - 5:00-6:30 pm via Zoom


Prof. Dr. Tibor J. Dunai
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne
Zülpicher Str. 49b | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-3229 | tdunai@uni-koeln.de
  Managing Director:
Christian Tiede
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 49b | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-89833 | christian.tiede@uni-koeln.de


Prof. Dr. Martin Melles
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 49a | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-2262 | mmelles@uni-koeln.de
Tim Schlüter
Institute of Geography | University of Cologne

Otto-Fischer-Str. 4 | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-3735 | webmaster@sfb1211.de


Prof. Dr. Dietmar Quandt
Nees Institute for Biodiversity of Plants | University of Bonn

Meckenheimer Allee 170 | 53115 Bonn
+49 (0)228 73-3315 | quandt@uni-bonn.de
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