September 5, 2013, Prof. Drothea Wagner, Vice President of Deutch Forschungs Gemeinschaft (DFG), visited NAMORS, Tibet, China. She and her delegates were accompanied by ITP deputy director Prof. MA Yaoming, and ITP Profs. WU Guangjian and ZHANG Fan.
The visit included a presentation made by Prof Wu on the development of NAMORS and its role in the Sino-German joint academic research. According to his introduction, the first joint Sino-German expedition to the Nam Co region dated back to 2005, when over 40 German scientists came to investigate and sample in the region for a preliminary understanding of lake processes, modern biological distribution, responses of modern glaciers to climate changes, and etc. Another milestone was marked in the summer of 2008, when scientists from ITP and Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, collaborated in retrieving lake cores from Lake Namco and started the systemetic analyses of modern lake physiology and paleoclimatology. The next summer, scientists from ITP, Rwth Aachen University, Berlin Institute of Technology and Dresden University of Technology jointly conducted field expeditions to the region, thus initiating a continuous research and observation based in the station.
Prof. Wagner highly acknowledged the role NAMORS played in advancing Sino-German joint scientific research in Nam Co, and approved the close scientific collaborations between ITP and research institutions in Germany.