Hong Kong Geopark was invited by the European Geoparks Network to be a keynote speaker at a workshop at Germany’s World Heritage Site Messel Pit, entitled “Earth Discovery Concepts, Geo-Education & Science Transfer in Science Societies” from 28 February to 1 March 2014. Other speakers included Dr. Margarete Patzak, Prof. Nikolas Zouros and Dr. Marie-Luise Frey from the Global Geoparks Network.
With the support of the Minister of Land and Resources of China and the Chinese Geoparks Network, the Hong Kong Geopark representative shared at the workshop the experience of the Chinese Geoparks Network in its science-popularization endeavours. In addition, new exhibitions showcasing the global geoparks of China were launched at the Messel Pit World Heritage Site and an E-class was arranged between Hong Kong and the workshop participants. The event also included a visit to the Senkenberg Museum, which stimulated discussions on potential cooperation between museums in Hong Kong and Germany.
Messel Pit provides the one of the best preserved sites of early Eocene flora and fauna in the world. It signed a cooperation arrangement with Hong Kong Geopark in 2013. The mutual exchange during this visit was fruitful for the continuous development and science-popularization activities of global geoparks. Hong Kong Geopark will continue to foster our role as a facilitator in making an active contribution to the Global Geoparks Network.