Plug in to German Research
The DFG’s North America Office attended the annual Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) from June 9-13 in Detroit as part of the “Research in Germany” (RiG) initiative. The conference, which is rather academic in nature and usually attended by about 600 participants, was combined this year with an industry-oriented trade show on manufacturing technology with 6,000 attendees – a boost for the conference as well as the RiG initiative. The Research in Germany activities included an information booth as well as a “science lunch.”
At the booth, representatives gave visitors information on funding opportunities for research stays in Germany, answered common questions and distributed an updated overview of the “hot spots” in academic research in manufacturing technology in engineering in Germany, including numerous Fraunhofer locations. The RiG electrical adapters were as popular as ever and each visitor can now “Plug In” to German research.
The “Research in Germany” science lunch was prominently advertised in the conference program and about 350 scientists attended the event. The discussion was moderated by Annette Doll-Sellen, the new director of the DFG office in New York, and focused on the quality of the German research landscape in general as well as its leading position in engineering more specifically. Germany’s leading position in engineering was confirmed by Eman Tekkaya from TU Dortmund and Florestan Schindler from the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at RWTH Aachen, who briefly introduced their universities and each institution’s unique international selling points. Ferdinand Hollmann from the DFG headquarters in Bonn then gave an overview of programs within the DFG funding portfolio that support the initiation of international cooperation. This overview was followed by a presentation by Barbara Linke (University of California, Davis), who gave a glowing report of a recently established International Research Training Group between TU Kaiserslautern and the University of California in Berkeley and Davis on “Physical Modelling for Virtual Manufacturing Systems and Processes.” It is the first International Research Training Group throughout Germany in the field of production engineering to receive funding.
Following the “Research in Germany” events, Annette Doll-Sellen and Ferdinand Hollmann visited the main campus of the University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor to meet with Professor Jack Hu, the Vice President of Research. They also were able to tour the laboratory for the faculty of mechanical engineering.
In 2002, the DFG opened its first North America office in Washington, D.C. A New York City office followed in 2007. The mission of both offices is to facilitate research cooperation between North America and Germany, and to support young German researchers on a DFG-fellowship during their stay.
With "International Research Marketing" - a joint project funded by the BMBF - the DFG together with AvH, DAAD and FhG promote Germany as a research locationto improve the international visibility of top-class research in Germany.