Dear Islanders, Partners and Change Makers,
In Europe over 20 million inhabitants live on more than 2,000 islands. Each island is unique – but at the same time, we all share similar challenges.
Despite their differences, islands are characterized by their location, which is very often associated with energy dependence – especially fossil fuels – high transport costs, limited economic diversity, but also significant potential for renewable energy, unique ecosystems, increased social capital and a strong sense of identity.
Therefore, various initiatives have been formed in recent years. It is not uncommon for the legal EU framework, which is broken down from Brussels to the local level, to hamper targeted, sustainable island development.
We are the “small countries with great complexity”.
Conscious of our tradition, we offer ideal, living laboratories for new structures of our future society in Europe. Its about time to come togethers. Therefore, I would like to cordially invite you to the first German Island Conference on April 25 and 26, 2019 on Helgoland.
We will talk about experience and future concepts in the fields of energy transition, mobility, digitalization, medicine and housing in the islands. In doing so, we want to develop goals, discuss the legal framework and understand the funding programs and networking opportunities of the islands.
The invitation is addressed to mayors, office directors, tourism directors and their most important business partners, experts from the fields of tourism, transport, energy, supply and disposal, digitization, the new world of work, health and our political supporters from the parliaments.
You can expect an excellent program with high-caliber speakers from all over Europe in a extrordinary desitination. This and all the information about the conference can be found on this – I look forward to welcoming you to Helgoland in April.
Highsea Fresh Regards
Jörg Singer, Mayor
& Member of the Board – Island und Hallig Konferenz
Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann
Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann has headed the office of the Council for Sustainable Development since its inauguration in 2001. After studying landscape planning, Dr. Ing. Bachmann in the Federal Environment Agency responsible for the Federal Soil Protection Act. He is chairman of the jury of the German Sustainability Award and the Next Economy Award. His honorary professorship has been awarded to him by Leuphana University Lüneburg. In scientific advisory councils, foundations and international networks, as well as Secretary General of the Sustainability Council, he uses impulses and initiatives to promote sustainability thinking in business, politics and society and coordinates the work of the Sustainability Council.
Dr. Niels Renzing
Dr. Niels Renzing, born 1977 in Kiel, studied human medicine in Kiel and Mainz. Doctorate (Dr. med. 2005), specialist training since 2005 at the Worms Clinic and the Kiel Municipal Hospital as a specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology. 2015-2017 Senior physician in charge of personnel at the 3rd medical clinic of the city of Kiel. Hospital Kiel GmbH. Since 2017 senior physician at the Institute for Rescue and Emergency Medicine of the UKSH, since 2018 deputy director of the institute. Since 2010 he has been working as an emergency physician, since 2015 he has been the head emergency physician of the state capital Kiel.
Dr. Helmut Morsi
Dr. Helmut Morsi studied physics and received his doctorate in 1985. His career began as a researcher in various institutes of the Max Planck Society. In 1988 he started working at European level, collaborated with patent attorneys and participated in the European Torus Project Euratom. Since 1994, he has headed various research and transport funding programmes at the European Commission in Brussels. He implemented and managed the Marco Polo programme and became Vice-President. He led the MOVE-B1 “Trans-European Network” and “TENtec Innovation” in the field of transport infrastructure. In 2006 he initiated TENtec and since 2015 has been advisor to the Director of the European Mobility Network (DG MOVE-B), which includes the coordination of innovation. In 2017, he will be active in this role for the EU Commission in the areas of “Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport”.
Dr. Thilo Rohlfs
Since June 28, 2017, Dr. Thilo Rohlfs State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy, Transport, Labor, Technology and Tourism of Schleswig-Holstein. He is a doctor of law. After starting his career in a law firm in Kiel in 2012, he will be working as the head of the Department of the Environment, Local and Regulatory Affairs in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde. In 2016, he is appointed judge at the Schleswig-Holstein Administrative Court and works in the areas of police and regulatory law as well as traffic law. He was born on September 18, 1979 in Eckernförde, is married and has two children.
Andreas Breitner has graduated in Public Administration. For ten years he worked in various police departments, most recently as head of the kriminalpolizeilichen counseling center in Kiel. From 2000 to 2003 Breitner worked as a personal speaker of the Schleswig-Holstein Minister of the Interior Klaus Buß. In October 2002, he was elected by the citizens of the city of Rendsburg in direct election to the mayor and took office on April 1, 2003. In the mayoral election in 2010, he was confirmed with 87%. In 2012, Andreas Breitner became Minister of the Interior in the Cabinet of the state government. Since 2015 he is director of the VNW Verband Norddeutscher Wohnungsunternehmen e.V.
Lisa Badum has been a Member of the German Bundestag since the autumn of 2017 for the constituency of Bamberg and for the whole of Upper Franconia.
The 35-year-old is spokeswoman for climate policy in the green parliamentary group. She is a member of the Environment Committee and Dep. Member of the Committee on Economic and Energy Affairs.
From 2012 to 2017 she worked in the civil energy department at NATURSTROM AG.
She was employed from 2010 to 2013 in the constituency of the deputy Uwe Kekeritz (Alliance 90 / The Greens).
The political scientist studied at the University of Bamberg.
Lisa Badum is a member and others. in Terre des Femmes, Bund Nature Conservation, Association Nationalpark Nordsteigerwald.
Dr. Gianni Chianetta
Dr. Gianni Chianetta is Director at Greening the Islands and CEO at The Green Consulting Group. He holds a degree in Mechanical & Management Engineering and masters and studied in London, Chicago, Milan and Madrid. Gianni Chianetta has been elected by the board to be Chair Elect in 2019 and Chairman of the Global Solar Council in 2020. After spending some years in the area of sales and project management for companies such as Parke-Davis, Capsugel, Wilkinson Sword, Warner Lambert, Tetra and others, since 2002 he has been working in the area of energy, first as External Affairs Director at BP Italia and then as Managing Director at BP Solar Italy. He has also chaired the coordination of the group of enterprises in the framework of the Ministry of the Environment (National Committee for Solar Energy) and he has been one of the founders of the Global Network of National PV Associations (NNPVA) in 2007, which has been the basis for the Global Solar Council.
Prof. Dr. Ines Lolo Britta Carstensen
Prof. Dr. Ines Lolo Britta Carstensen is the scientific director of the national research alliance for the tourism industry (CIST e.V., Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Tourism). Previously, she was Managing Director of Futouris e.V., the sustainability industry initiative founded in 2009 by seven TUI Group companies. Since 2011 she teaches as a professor for sustainability and innovation management and has her chair at the SRH-Hochschule Berlin. Previously, she carried out and led various research projects on the topics of climate, sustainable tourism, destination management and mobility at the universities in Lüneburg, Potsdam and at universities in Berlin. Sustainable tourism, tourism logistics, climate change in tourism as well as destination and innovation management are the focal points of her teaching and scientific publications. The positioning of German islands as part of the Europe-wide Smart Island Initiative flanked Prof. Carstensen with the initiation of transdisciplinary research collaborative projects and “Science to Destination Dialogues” in CIST.
Knut Schäfer, 42 years old, born on Rügen, is managing director of Weiße Flotte GmbH, based in Stralsund and heads the shipping company Hiddensee GmbH, and the North German Inland Shipor. He is a volunteer as chairman of the Rügen Tourist Board.
Within the FRS Group, a leading international Shipping company in sea tourism, he is at the forefront of future technologies, including green drives and traffic concepts.
Dr. Ingo Sartorius
Ingo Sartorius studied chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig and received his doctorate in physical chemistry in 1995. He then started his career with CES Consulting Engineers Salzgitter GmbH and has been a consultant to the Association of Plastics-producing Industry e.V. since 2008. Since 2008, he has headed the Business Unit “Man and the Environment” and is today Managing Director of the Association.
Prof. Dr. Jan Thorsten Gräsner
Jan-Thorsten Gräsner was born on August 10, 1971 in Kirchohsen and studied human medicine at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. His professional career began in 2001 as assistant physician at the Klinikum Dortmund. He received his doctorate in 2002 as Dr. med. med. After his acceptance as an anaesthesiologist in 2005. After transferring to the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, in 2010 he was appointed Medical Director Emergency Medicine of the UKSH Campus Kiel, for Anaesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine. In 2012, he completed his habilitation at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel and was Chief Medical Officer, UKSH Campus Kiel until 2015. Since 2015 he has been a lecturer and director of the newly founded Institute for Rescue and Emergency Medicine of the UKSH in Kiel.
Prof. Dr. Beate Ratter
Beate Ratter is professor of integrative geography and coastal studies. Her research focusses on human/nature-interaction, place attachment and sustainable regional development in European coastal areas and small islands. Special interest lies in the analysis of nature perception and awareness of environment, extreme events and risks in different regional cultures. For her, sustainable coastal management is about participation of lay people and the integration of transformative governance structure in multi-hazard and multi-stakeholder environments. B. Ratter gained regional experiences in industrialised and non-industrialised nations, i.a. Canada, Columbia, Caribbean islands, Guyana, Taiwan, Maldives and the European Wadden Sea.
Her current work specialises in climate change adaptation, strategies and barriers, and deals with questions on resilience, vulnerability and adaptation capacity in coastal and island societies. She is Vice-president of the International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA) and currently Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere, which will be published in September 2019.
In 2011 she studied the ecological footprint of Helgoland (Ratter/Petzold 2012: From Ecological Footprint to Ecological Fingerprint. Sustainable development on Helgoland. In: Karin Topsø Larsen (Hg.): From one island to another. A Celebration of Island Connections. Bornholm: Centre For Regional And Tourism Research, pp. 191-203). Her recent book is about small islands in a globalised world: Ratter 2018: Geography of Small Islands – Outposts of Globalisation. Springer Nature, Cham Switzerland, DOI.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63869-0
Prof. Dr. Jörg Philipp Terhechte
Angelika Grohmann-Wörle holds a Master Degree in Geology and a Master of Business Administration. For more than 25 Years Grohmann-Wörle was working as a consultant for technical and environmental consultancies worldwide. She worked for private and public clients as well as for several international finance institutions preparing environmental impact studies and undertaking environmental and social audits as the responsible Project Manager. Her project experience covers the transport infrastructure and energy sector as well as the oil and gas sector for environmental and licensing topics. In 2010 Angelika Grohmann-Wörle joined TenneT TSO GmbH as a Team Manager Licensing for the offshore projects in the German EEZ focusing on topics for the design and installation of offshore cables and platforms. Since June 2018 she heads the Technical Work Stream of the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) project.
Dr. Rebecca Ballstaedt
Dr. Rebecca Ballstaedt is a marine biologist specializing in marine microbial ecology. In 2013 she founded the company Sustainable me on Helgoland, which makes an active contribution to environmental protection with concepts and projects. She is the founder of the island reusable initiative “Green Anna” and carries out every year in addition to their environmental projects numerous educational projects. She is Jujorin in the competition “reusable island world champion”