Against Injustice and Corruption in German Solar Physics

Dear Dr. Angela Merkel - German Federal Chancellor, Dear Dr. Johanna Wanka - German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Dear Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen - Federal President-elect of Austria, Dear Mr. Christian Kern - Federal Chancellor of Austria, Dear Mr. Sebastian Kurz - Foreign Minister of Austria, Dear Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner - Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy,

for a wider understanding, a broader outreach and in order to also receive international support for my petition, I am actually writing this letter in English. This letter is to report about collective bullying, intellectual robbery, intellectual fraud and nepotism in German Solar Physics, executed by several German scientific institutions, their top-management and involved scientists but also by some of their international partners over a period of more than 10 years. I kindly request your assistance and help and I ask for an in-depth investigation of the individual issues and occurrences.

The in my opinion apparent scandal I am addressing here is related to the development and operation of Europe's largest solar telescope and its post-focus instrumentation, specifically to the development and operation of the 1.5 m GREGOR Solar Telescope and the GREGOR Fabry-Pérot Interferometer.

On my personal homepage and within a series of postings on LinkedIn, I briefly address and describe most of the related issues to the public. My activities in social media basically accompanied several legal procedures, related to huge private expenses in the order of 50.000 Euros and with a total duration of nearly two years. Several hundreds of pages of court documents and communications between lawyers as well as available e-mail compendia constitute a profound base for a potential in-depth investigation of the individual issues. In any case, most of the verifiable facts, court decisions and court resolutions seem to be simply and consciously ignored by the specific German scientific institutions, their top-management and involved scientists but also by some of their international partners until today.

Already in 2015 and especially over the recent months, all former and all subsequent issues also have been addressed in detail to the Ombudsman of Science in Bonn and to the Investigation Board of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Association. However, both constitutions seem to be either biased or to lack the required authorization or competence for imposing adequate solutions, which finally rather resulted in a procrastination of the individual issues than in the desired solution.

After my expulsion from the Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) in 2014, the GREGOR Fabry-Perot Interferometer is now available to the international scientific community for more than two and a half years. However, the overall scientific output equals to zero and basically consists of terrifying, scaring and meaningless results.  All my efforts over a period of more than 13 years to provide with the GREGOR Fabry-Perot Interferometer a state of the art post-focus instrument for Europe's largest solar telescope, in order to shed light onto yet unknown physical processes on our star (the Sun), just a waste of time? The investment of 23 Million Euros  (approx. 3 Million Euros for the instrument, 20 Million Euros for the telescope) just a tremendous waste of public money? The GREGOR Fabry-Pérot Interferometer, a total waste of available excellence and knowhow?

In my personal opinion, we are dealing here with a national and even international scandal in Solar Physics that might lack comparison in history. As apparently,  there is neither a responsible or effective constitution in national science and research nor a well defined federal law to watch, protect and implement good scientific practice and behavior or to pursue violations beyond, I kindly request once more an in-depth investigation of the individual issues and your direct help and assistance.

Please do everything possible to improve the current conditions in German Solar Physics but also in Science and Research in general. The issues  I am reporting here might not represent a singular or particular exception.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Klaus Gerhard Puschmann

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Kanzlerin der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Spitzenkandidatin für die Bundestagswahl 2017
    Angela Merkel (CDU)
  • German Federal Chancellor
    Dr. Angela Merkel
  • German Federal Minister of Education and Research
    Dr. Johanna Wanka
  • Federal President-elect of Austria
    Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen
  • Federal Chancellor of Austria
    Christian Kern
  • Foreign Minister of Austria
    Sebastian Kurz
  • Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy of Austria
    Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner


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