Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sündermann is among the creators of the “Hamburg” powerhouse in the climate and marine sciences, and he had signiﬁcant impacts on the shaping of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.
Among his achievements in Hamburg were the expansion of the focus of the Institute of Oceanography, and the making and shaping of the interdisciplinary marine and climate sciences, and its institutional underpinning. In Geesthacht he was a driving force of transforming a fragmented environmental science campus into a uniﬁ ed coastal science institute.
In this interview, he speaks about his personal career and the metamorphosis of a number of smaller research groups into a powerful, internationally recognized science center, to which HZG (earlier: GKSS) contributes.
(taken from the abstract of HZG-Report 2019/1)