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“Research in Germany” promotes career paths and research opportunities in Germany at ASM Microbe 2017

The “Research in Germany” initiative participated for the second time in the American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) General Meeting, ASM Microbe 2017, held from June 01-05 in New Orleans. The joint meeting with the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) boasts over 500 session, more than 575 speakers and over 8,000 attendees at the Ernest Morial Convention Center along the Mississippi River Delta.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans

This year’s conference – and one of the most important and largest international meetings in the field of microbiology – included several highlights. Thursday’s opening session included presentations by Julie Theriot (Stanford University) on „Entropy, Stress and Collapse: Application of Simple Physics Models to Understanding Bacterial Cells” and Lalita Ramakrishnan (University of Cambridge) on “Lessons for Tuberculosis Treatment from the Zebrafish” as well as ASM Microbe Lecturer Nick Lane from University College London, who discussed “A Bioenergetic Basis for the Three Domains of Life.” Another memorable session was the keynote address on “Science in Extreme Environments: Building Extraterrestrial and Earth-Based Research Capabilities” by NASA Astronaut and Molecular Biologist Kate Rubins. Session recordings are available for purchase through the ASM website.

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The "Research in Germany" representatives at the booth

Reginal Nickel and Andreas Strecker (DFG Head Office, Bonn) as well as representatives of the DFG Office in Washington, DC, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) provided individual consultations at the “Research in Germany” booth in the exhibit hall. Visitors to the booth posed a variety of individual questions to the representatives. The questions covered a wide range - from tips for a successful application for a postdoc position at a German lab to questions regarding research collaboration between German and international research institutions – and our experts succeeded in covering every topic; they were also able to provide useful tips and tricks on how to write a good grant proposal.

During the three-day exhibition, more than 300 microbiologists of all career levels were given information on research and funding opportunities in Germany and the “Research in Germany” initiative looks forward to ASM Microbe 2018 in Atlanta.

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