The Prototype Fund

Funding initiative of the German government promoting development of open software. Anyone can apply for funding who lives in Germany, is self-employed, pays German taxes and publishes their source code on some sort of source forge. (You don’t need German citizenship.)

Fediverse address (in German):
@PrototypeFund@mastodon.social

Adam S. Smith

Palaeontologist and curator at the Nottingham Natural History Museum, Wollaton Hall, in the UK. Especially interested in plesiosaurs and other Mesozoic marine reptiles. Author of the children’s books “The Plesiosaur’s Neck” and “The Tyrannosaur’s Feathers”, founder of the Dinosaur Toy Blog, Animal Toy Blog and Plesiosaur Directory sites.

Fediverse address:
@AdamStuartSmith@sauropods.win

Umweltministerium Hessen (Environment Ministry of Hesse)

Official account of the Environment Ministry in the German State of Hesse, handling the environment, climate protection, agriculture and consumer protection.

Fediverse address (in German):
@umwelthessen@social.hessen.de

Court of Justice of the EU / Cour de justice de l’UE

The judicial branch of the European Union. The court mainly deals with application and interpretation of EU law, resolves cases between national governments and EU institutions, and may take action against EU institutions on behalf of individuals, companies or organisations.

NOTE: This is not connected in any way with the European Court of Human Rights. The ECHR is part of the Council of Europe, not the European Union. These are totally separate organisations.

Fediverse address (in English):
@Curia@social.network.europa.eu

Fediverse address (in French):
@Curia_fr@social.network.europa.eu

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Award-winning brass band based in the North of England, formed by workers at the local coal mine in 1917. As well as dozens of domestic awards, the band has represented England at the European level and took part in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. The band’s music and story were the basis for the hit film “Brassed Off” starring Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlethwaite.

Fediverse address:
@grimethorpeband@mastodonapp.uk

European Investment Bank (EIB)

European Union fund which provides loans and guarantees to projects involved with development, climate change and the environment, infrastructure and small and medium businesses. Its aim is to promote the policy goals of the EU, and operates both within the EU and elsewhere. It focuses on projects that have difficulty getting loans within their own country.

(Note: Despite the similar names, this is not the European Central Bank which manages the Euro currency.)

Fediverse address:
@eib@social.network.europa.eu

FreeTech Project

Non-profit initiative helping people use technology in a more financially, socially and environmentally sustainable manner, mainly relying on FOSS wherever possible. Provides help to everyone, regardless of technical skill level. Based in South Yorkshire, UK.

Fediverse address (main):
@freetechproject@floss.social

Fediverse address (videos):
@freetechproject@tilvids.com

Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS) / Federal Office for Radiation Protection

German government agency tasked with protecting people and the environment from harm caused by radiation. Part of the German Federal Environment Ministry.

Fediverse address (in German):
@strahlenschutz@social.bund.de

Professor Dr Wolfgang Cramer

Ecologist and geographer at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in France, whose main aim is to do everything possible to mitigate the climate crisis, and help other scientists to do so as well. Works with the IPCC and MedECC, and supports non-violent climate activism.

Fediverse address:
@wolfgangcramer@fediscience.org

Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen / German Advisory Council on Global Change

Indpendent scientific body advising the German Federal Government on the climate crisis and other threats to the planet’s ecosystems.

Fediverse address (in German and English):
@wbgu@social.bund.de

Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverbands / Federation of German Consumer Organisations

Umbrella organisation for 16 German state consumer organisations as well as over 2000 smaller specialist organisations. Represents interests of consumers in safety, pricing, clarity etc.

Fediverse address (in German):
@Bundesverband@verbraucherzentrale.social

Haus der Astronomie (Centre for Astronomy Education and Outreach)

Education centre in Germany which holds workshops, summer schools and conferences all about astronomy and related topics. Operated by the Max Planck Society, and created in partnership with the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the University of Heidelberg and the City of Heidelberg.

Fediverse address (in German and English):
@hausderastronomie@astrodon.social