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III. Quarter 2018

Around 150 conference participants attended the Research in Germany information event

World Congress of Soil Science: Presenting Germany as a Place to Research

(28.08.18) In the second week of August, the 21st World Congress of Soil Science was held in Rio de Janeiro, attracting some 3,500 attendees. The international audience was mostly made up of researchers based in Latin America, but a large number of African, Asian and Australian scientists also attended the event.

Kathrin Winkler presents Peter Scholze with the congratulatory letter from the DFG.

DFG Honours Fields Medallist Peter Scholze at Reception in Rio de Janeiro

(22.08.18) Numerous researchers in mathematics and representatives of German universities and other research institutions came together at the invitation of the DFG for a small reception at the residence of the German Consul General in Rio de Janeiro on 2 August.

Researchers took advantage of the lunch break at ICM to find out about research in Germany.

ICM 2018 – International Audience Keen to Learn About Research in Germany

(21.08.18) Between 1-10 August, mathematicians from all over the globe gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), where they also had the chance to learn more about research and funding opportunities in Germany.

DFG Serra da Capivara Exhibition Makes First Appearance in Brazil

(31.07.18) As part of the 70th annual meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), which took place at the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) in Maceió between 22 and 27 July, the DFG Office Latin America and the German House for Research and Innovation São Paulo presented the exhibition ‘The Brazilian World Heritage Site of Serra da Capivara – The Oldest Traces of Settlement in America?’

Outlook for Brazilian Science Discussed at SBPC Congress in Maceió

(31.07.18) At the 70th annual meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), the scientific community came together at the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) in Maceió between 22 and 27 July. At the stand of the German House for Research and Innovation São Paulo – which also hosted the exhibition ‘The Brazilian World Heritage Site of Serra da Capivara – The Oldest Traces of Settlement in America?’ – representatives from the DFG’s Latin America office were on hand to provide information about research and funding opportunities in Germany.

Fulniô Indios in Serra da Capivara

Exhibition on Serra da Capivara Showcases Archaeological Research in Partnership with Germany

(03.07.18) As part of the 70th annual meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), to be held in Maceió in July, the DFG is to present the exhibition ‘The Brazilian World Heritage Site of Serra da Capivara – The Oldest Traces of Settlement in America?’ at the stand of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) São Paulo.


II. Quarter 2018

Representatives of German science and research institutions at the networking meeting in Buenos Aires

DFG Office Latin America attends science and research networking meeting in Buenos Aires

(27.06.18) On 18 June, representatives from a number of German science and research organisations gathered in Buenos Aires to discuss projects currently underway in partnership with Argentina, touching on the challenges and future prospects.

Osier (right) answered individual questions at the end of the event

Research in Germany in Cancún to Present Germany as Research Location

(28.05.18) During the second week in May, around 1,000 participants came together in Cancún for the 22nd Latin American Immunology Congress (ALAI). Over the course of a series of lectures and symposia on the current challenges and latest findings in the field of immunology, the international audience also had a chance to learn about research and funding opportunities in Germany. The DFG Office Latin America organised a presentation of Research in Germany, comprising a booth and an information event.

Lecture on “Neural Coding and Suppression of Movement in the Motor System” at USP

Leibniz Prize Recipient Michael Brecht Visits Outstanding Neuroscience Institutes in Brazil

(22.05.18) At the end of April, neuroscientist Prof. Michael Brecht, a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2012, made his first trip to Brazil to present his research work to colleagues there. The DFG’s Latin America office organised two Leibniz Lectures to be delivered by Brecht in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro, along with an accompanying scientific programme.

Participants at Brazil Day 2018

Brazil Day: German Embassy issues an invitation for discussions on science and politics

(16.05.18) The main theme of the annual Brazil Day held at the German Embassy in Brasília was the presidential elections due to take place in October 2018. Following the political turbulence in the wake of the removal from office of President Dilma Rousseff, elected in 2014, the choice of the new head of state will be of critical importance, in particular for the country's political, economic and scientific future.

DFG Vice President Prof. Dr. Frank Allgöwer and CONACYT General Director Prof. Dr. Enrique Cabrero after signing the addendum

Addendum signed to extend the cooperation agreement with CONACYT in Mexico

(16.05.18) On 23 April, as part of the Hannover Messe trade show, an addendum was signed to extend the cooperation agreement with the National Mexican Council for Research and Technology – CONACYT.

The audience comprised seasoned researchers, doctoral researchers and students in the field of neurosciences

Neuroscientist Michael Brecht gives Leibniz Lectures in Brazil

(14.05.18) Renowned neuroscientist Professor Michael Brecht presented his research work in Brazil for the first time at the end of April. The title, “Sex, Touch & Tickle – the Cortical Neurobiology of Physical Contact”, awakened the interest of around 150 people in total, who attended the Leibniz Lectures in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro organised by the DFG Office Latin America.

DFG and CAPES launch joint call for funding of Brazilian-German research projects in the fields of Chemistry and Manufacturing Engineering

(04.05.18) Within the scope of their Cooperation Agreement, the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the DFG are glad to announce a joint call for German-Brazilian research projects in the field of Chemistry and Manufacturing Engineering, especially Industry 4.0, Advanced Digitalisation. For the future, it is intended that the researchers of the funded bilateral projects in each discipline collaborate with each other by means of workshops, meetings or other collaborative activities.

The proposals have to be submitted to DFG and CAPES by 26 July 2018.

Further information:

Costa Rican-German Collaboration in Research

(03.05.18) In order to establish a basis for a joint research initiative between Germany and Costa Rica, researchers from both countries have the possibility to apply for funds for mobility within the regular programmes of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Costa Rican National Council of University Rectors (CONARE). If such a research cooperation is established, funding for joint international research projects can be applied for.

Martha Zapatha, professor at FU Berlin, during the closing round of questions with the speakers

Strategic workshop seals cooperation between DFG and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

(04.04.18) The German Research Foundation (DFG) has held an initial strategic workshop in cooperation with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM), thus taking a further step on the path to closer cooperation between researchers from Germany and from the Mexican university. As part of the event, German and Mexican researchers were given the opportunity to present ideas for joint research projects and to get advice about suitable funding instruments.

As one of the organisers, Isabel Kielian, Deputy Director of the Goethe-Institut in Mexico City, welcomed all participants…

DFG at German Science Day in Mexico City

(02.04.18) “Science is the best expression of diplomacy.” With these words, Ludger Siemes, a diplomat from the German Embassy in Mexico City, speaking at the opening of German Science Day on 23 March at the city’s Goethe-Institut, emphasised the importance of scientific cooperation to international relations. Organised as part of the European Union’s Science Diplomacy Week, the event was designed to raise awareness of the academic landscape and research opportunities in Germany. At the invitation of the organisers, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and other institutions delivered a series of presentations and ran an information stand that enabled closer contact with participants.


I. Quarter 2018

Opening remarks by Sören Metz, Head of the TUM Liaison Office for Latin America in São Paulo

DFG presents funding programmes for researchers from São Paulo and the TUM

(26.03.18) One of the goals of the DFG Office Latin America is to inform Brazilian and German researchers about funding opportunities for joint research. To this end, the DFG was invited to participate in a series of events organised by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), which brought researchers from the Bavarian university together with counterparts in the Federal State of São Paulo.

During the lunch session, Maxi Neidhardt (DFG Office Latin America) presented the Research in Germany initiative

Research in Germany presents itself in Buenos Aires

(20.03.18) At the beginning of March, the 18th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID), organised by the international association ISID and the local association SADI, took place in the Argentinian capital. The topics covered included all areas of infectious diseases, with a particular focus on the big challenges in Latin America, including Zika and dengue fever. In addition, ISID is active in the One Health movement, an interdisciplinary initiative created to improve healthcare worldwide.

The new Rector, Vahan Agopyan, and Deputy Rector, Antonio Carlos Hernandes

New Rector Appointed at Brazil’s Biggest University

(20.02.18) On 29 January, Prof. Vahan Agopyan and Prof. Antonio Carlos Hernandes were formally appointed to their new roles as Rector and Deputy Rector of the University of São Paulo (USP). The ceremony was held at the seat of the state government (the Palácio dos Bandeirantes), where the approximately 800 guests representing politics and academia included the Director of the DFG’s Latin America office, Dr. Kathrin Winkler.

View of the Pacific in the Los Ríos region – UACh building near Valdivia

Visit to Universidad Austral – German Roots in Chile

(20.02.18) A new year means new goals and possibilities for cooperation. At the beginning of January, the Director of the DFG Office Latin America, Dr. Kathrin Winkler, paid a first visit to Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) – a university that maintains strong links with Germany. Prof. Gudrun Kausel, who has served as a DFG Liaison Scientist in Chile since 2006, is a lecturer and researcher in the university’s Faculty of Sciences. During her trip, Winkler visited the institution in the Los Ríos region and met with university representatives and research staff.

Results of the 2016 DFG-MINCYT/CONICET Call

(15.01.18) In 2016, the DFG and its Argentinian partner organisations MINCYT and CONICET published a call for bilateral project proposals to be carried out by researchers in Germany and Argentina in the following areas:

The DFG delegation informed the Costa Rican institutions about funding instruments and options for international cooperation

DFG Re-Establishes Contact with Costa Rica

(02.01.18) At the beginning of December, a DFG delegation travelled to Costa Rica to investigate the country's research potential and to find out about options for joint funding of German-Costa Rican projects. During their four-day stay in San José, Alajuela and Cartago, Dietrich Halm, head of the Division for International Affairs – Latin America and the Caribbean from DFG Head Office in Bonn, and Kathrin Winkler, head of the DFG Latin America Office in São Paulo, visited local funding organisations and higher education institutions.


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