In a team consisting of the university, the Leibniz Center for Marine Research (ZMT), and the Kellner & Stoll Foundation for Climate & Environment, the first Campus Award has been presented to
Dr. Martin C. Lukas for his research on a sustainable future!
His work stretched over several years and showcased an incredibly extensive range of methodology and a more than impressive interdisciplinary nature. That is what you imagine research should be: intense, fascinating, and it should accompany and newly motivate the scientist for a long period of time.
Dr. Lukas won the award ahead of an impressive field of competitors, whose works are also all worthy of an award. This proves, once more, the high quality of research at the University of Bremen and its well-deserved status as a University of Excellence. Sustainability research is to be given special attention in the future. Martin Lukas has not just learned the native language as well as some dialects of the indigenous people on Java, he was also able to enthuse with techniques in the social and natural sciences equally. In his work, he examined the complex causes of soil erosion and sedimentation in rivers as well as their effects on the coastal ecosystem on Java. His research helped disprove environmental myths and change existing coastal protection policies. Similarly, he examined approaches from political regulation to the consequences of wars and civil wars on land use.
A complex work, which resulted in a unanimous decision by the jury and a tremendously proud awardee, who accepted his award in front of over 100 guests. Congratulations, Martin Lukas, for the extraordinary work – what a great role model! The geographer from the Sustainability Research Center (artec) at the University of Bremen is the first winner in a series of awards. Over the next ten years, many other research approaches on sustainability are to be honored as well: an incentive for all researchers – an alumni activity pointing the way.