„Research in Germany“ at the Experimental Biology (EB) 2017 in Chicago
Experimental Biology is a multidisciplinary scientific meeting featuring plenary and award lectures, pre-meeting workshops, oral and poster sessions, on-site career services and exhibits.
The optimistic mood inside the McCormick Convention Center – thanks to recent advances such as CRISPR/Cas and aptly reflected in the Experimental Biology´s motto “Transforming the Future through Science” – was a stark contrast to the current political climate beyond the walls of the exhibit hall, which is why quite a few of the 13,000 EB participants chose to join the estimated crowd of 40,000 in the local March for Science on April 22 - the first day of the conference.
March for Science Chicago
The EB is a multidisciplinary meeting organized by six different scientific societies – the American Association of Anatomists, the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Investigative Pathology, the American Society for Nutrition and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. It connects clinician-scientists with basic researchers of several different fields in the life sciences. The “Research in Germany” booth at the EB was organized by the North America Office of the DFG. A total of roughly 300 visitors to the booth received information from the DFG, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) New York on funding programs and the research landscape in Germany. With a strikingly high number of undergraduate students in attendance, information on internships and about the system of higher education in general were in higher demand than usual.
At the booth
Several scientists from a variety of German research institutions and different career stages volunteered to help staffing the booth, thus adding their valuable expertise on cutting-edge research institutions in Germany. They were able to make a strong case for how to further a scientific career that started here in the US by joining the German research enterprise. As one of the scientists present phrased it: „We are excellent and we are always looking for excellent people“.