In 1998, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) established the IPCC Coordination Office under the umbrella of the DLR Project Management Agency in Bonn (DLR e.V. German Aerospace Centre).
Since then, the German IPCC Coordination Office fulfils the following tasks:
Assisting BMBF and BMUB in IPCC matters, i.a.
o Integration of German experts in IPCC work
o Coordination on the national and the European level
o Cooperation with the international IPCC Secretariat in Geneva
Continuously informing the German research community about IPCC work and the relevant environment
Advice on technical issues and identification of additional research needs, drawing also on external expertise
Administrative and technical support of experts nominated by the German federal government and accepted by IPCC (esp. authors and review editors)
Informing the public on IPCC work, e.g. by translating IPCC publications into German
By this, the German IPCC Coordination Office helps to integrate the results of German research groups in the international assessment on climate change as well as to disseminate IPCC findings in the German public.