Grant awardees visit Cuxhaven
HWG member Cuxport hosts lecture on offshore energy and environmental protection
Early August, 35 grant awardees of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung from diverse European universities and institutions of higher learning visited the North Sea coast. In Otterndorf, near Cuxhaven, a block seminar regarding the topic of the Wadden Sea – UNESCO World Heritage Site in the North of Germany illustrated the opportunities and challenges for the Wadden Sea and the region.
In addition to lectures, discussions and excursions, there were also discussions with high-ranking guests such as the former Minister President of Lower Saxony, current delegate to the European Parliament and former Konrad Adenauer Stiftung grant awardee David McAllister, along with Dr. Ulrich Getsch, Lord Mayor of Cuxhaven. Part of the visit, in addition to a tour of the Wadden Sea with a susbequent microscoping event, included a visit at HWG member Cuxport, who also provided a harbour tour. Cuxport general manager Michael de Reese gave a lecture in which he described the opportunities for offshore wind energy for the northwestern economic region. He also discussed Cuxhavenäs position relative to other global ports. In this context, the importance of Cuxhaven’s role as the German Offshore Industry Center was also emphasized, which has allowed Cuxhaven to gain stature in the industry in recent years.
“Cuxhaven is not only important for the logistics and wind energy sectors. It also offers benefits and unique selling points and opportunities for the future of the next generation, and it is very important for us to communicate these. We were delighted to provide insights in this manner to the students regarding the port of Cuxhaven,” Michael de Reese subsequently said.
Theresa Gröninger, a grant awardee and organizer of the seminar, summarized the seminar in Cuxhaven in the following manner: “We want to show the other grant awardees a piece of Northern Germany and the participants were excited to see that, in particular, the region around Cuxhaven is going through a revolutionary period. Mr de Reese is very engaged with Cuxport and is prompting economic change; he is very in tune with the rhythm of the times!“