Ceremonial inauguration with many guests
On 1st October 2021, in the lecture hall of IAP with only 40 seats available, all of which were of course occupied, a myriad of guests witnessed the ceremonial inauguration of Prof. Claudia Stolle. The interest in the event was great, not only in terms of the number of participants in the lecture hall and the attendees connected virtually for the event, but also in terms of the guests who have travelled to IAP for the occasion. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the IAP, Mr. Holger Wandsleb, moderated the event and on behalf of IAP he welcomed Ms. Susanne Bowen (State Secretary of the Ministry for Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) Prof. Wolfgang Schareck, (Rector of the University of Rostock), Prof. Karl-Heinz Meiwes-Broer (Chairman of the Board of Members of the IAP), Rüdiger Kozian (Mayor of the City of Kühlungsborn) and Prof. Markus Rapp (Director of the DLR Institute for Atmospheric Physics Oberpfaffenhofen and founding director of the DLR Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics Neustrelitz) along with all the guests. Prof. Jorge L. Chau, head of the department Radar Remote Sensing at the IAP, gave a scientific lecture about the boundaries that have to be crossed in order to gain more knowledge and about the mesosphere and lower thermosphere as the boundary between the atmosphere and space. The symbolic handover of the keys by the previous director Prof. Franz-Josef Lübken to Prof. Claudia Stolle was the highlighting part of the event. Prof. Stolle extended her thankful wishes and shared her vision in the scientific advancement of the institute. During the event, exchange of thoughts and friendly conversations happened between various guests, including the directors of the Leibniz Institutes of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the representatives of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees and the General Assembly, the Association of the IAP, the State and Federal Ministries of Science and Culture and the institute's staff. The inauguration ceremony was varied and spanned from general public to scientific community, from regional interest to national exposure and from the university platform to the wide Leibniz Association.
The Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics is one of the German main centers for Middle Atmosphere research and The Leibniz-Institute is one of the German main centers for Middle Atmosphere research and maintains active cooperations with several international research organizations. The institute is located near the Baltic Sea resort Kühlungsborn, owns a separate site on the island Rügen, and is a major partner of the ALOMAR observatory in northern Norway. As associated institute of the Rostock University it is part of the teaching programme in physics. A total of about 90 persons is employed at IAP. The institute realizes an equal-opportunity and family-friendly human resource policy and is certified with the audit "berufundfamilie" ('career and family').