In his opening speech, FBN Executive Board member Prof. Klaus Wimmers emphasized how important it is to meet in person after four years of pandemic-related digital meetings, especially at the current time. Although the 30th meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board was marked by a long tradition, today it was primarily about the future and the upcoming changes at the FBN. Prof. Klaus Wimmers provided detailed and transparent information about the transformation process at the FBN, which began in 2020 and includes both an innovative scientific focus and structural changes. At the center of the presentation were the four new focus topics, which will replace the former institute structure as interdisciplinary think tanks. "The focus topics form the scientific core of our research work," emphasized Prof. Klaus Wimmers. "They enable us to work dynamically, and resources are now optimally utilized. Thanks to the new structure, ideas and projects can also be realized bottom-up, which means that young scientists can be better supported."
Following the presentation, four deserving members of the Scientific Advisory Board were bid farewell: Prof. Dr. Eberhard von Borell from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gengler from the Université de Liège and Prof. Dr. Matthias Schmid from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn. Prof. Dr. Patrick Lonergan from University College Dublin was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting. The three former curators present were honored with a very personal thank you: each received a print by the painter and graphic artist Helmut Maletzke, who had visited the former "Research Center for Animal Production Dummerstorf-Rostock" in the 1970s. These treasures were only recently rediscovered in the FBN archive and reframed.