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Liaison Scientists in Latin America

The DFG has been cooperating with liaison scientists in Latin America since mid-2006. Brazil and Chile show the greatest potential in Latin America for research and cooperation with the DFG. The liaison scientists network with the major local research institutions and partner organisations, provide information about the DFG’s funding activities, support the DFG in identifying the most outstanding research groups and young researchers, and act as contact persons and representatives for the DFG.

DFG Liaison Scientists

  • Aim to increase the level of awareness of the DFG and Germany as a centre of research abroad and to “advertise” the funding opportunities and programmes offered by the DFG.
  • Act as contact persons for those scientists in their own country who are interested in cooperating with researchers in Germany. They can also contribute knowledge of their own country and the experience they have gained through continuous observation of developments in cooperation-relevant research policy.
  • Support the bilateral exchange of scientists.
  • Consolidate contacts with the partner organisations in their country.
  • Organise regular information events about the DFG and Germany as a centre of research.

Liaison Scientists by country


The DFG’s cooperation with liaison scientists in Brazil began in November 2006.

Professor Helmut Galle from the Universidade de São Paulo (University of Sao Paulo, USP) is responsible for Southern Brazil. He is the Head of German in the Department of Modern Languages at the USP, where he conducts research and teaches.


  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Galle
    DFG Liaison Scientist
    Department of Modern Languages, FFLCH
    University of São Paulo

    Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto 43, 05508-900, São Paulo-SP
    Tel.: +55-11-3062-2717
    FAX: +55-11-3088-9514
    Celular Mobile: + 55-11-98336-7579
    E-mail: helmut_galle@hotmail.com


In July 2006, Professor Gudrun Kausel from the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia took up her post as the first DFG liaison scientist in Chile. She conducts research and teaches as an associate professor at the Department of Biochemistry at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia.


  • Prof. Dr. Gudrun Kausel
    DFG Liaison Scientist
    (Representante de la DFG en Chile)
    Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences
    Universidad Austral de Chile
    Casilla 567, Valdivia

    Tel: +56-63-221798, 081377852
    Fax: +56-63-221107
    e-mail: gkausel@uach.cl


Dr. Christina Siebe from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has been working as a DFG liaison scientist in Mexico. Dr. Siebe is a research assistant at the UNAM’s Geological Institute, and her duties include providing advice and assistance to local researchers interested in collaborating with German partners. She also maintains contact with local DFG partner organisations and coordinates scientific events. Through these activities, Dr. Siebe contributes to raising Mexico’s awareness of Germany as a centre for research. The research assistant at UNAM’s Geological Institute is thoroughly familiar with both the Mexican and German scientific systems.


  • Dr. Christina Siebe
    DFG Liaison Scientist
    Instituto de Geología
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Ciudad Universitaria
    Circuito de la Investigación Científica s/n
    Colonia Coplico El Alto, Coyoacán
    México DF
    CP 04360 México

    Tel.: +52-5622 4265, ext. 155,
    Fax: +52-5622 4317
    e-mail: siebe@servidor.unam.mx

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