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IV. Quarter 2017

Successful ‘Research in Germany’ Booth at AGU 2017 in New Orleans

(20.12.17) Between 11 and 15 December 2017, the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the DAAD and the DFG together with 18 geoscience research institutions exhibited at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans, USA. The attractive and diverse joint booth welcomed a steady stream of visitors, especially during the short talk given by Bonn-based meteorologist Insa Thiele-Eich on ‘How to Become an Astronaut’, part of the Research in Germany Career Event. The DFG Leibniz Lecture delivered by Leibniz Prize recipient Gerald Haug on ‘Climate Dynamics and Civilizations’ and the German Social that followed also attracted record numbers of attendees.

Logo: Research in Germany at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience

The “Research in Germany” booth at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience

(11/27/17) Washington, DC was host to over 30,000 neuroscientists from across the globe attending the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience from November 11-15, 2017. Staff at the joint “Neuroscience in Germany” booth included numerous representatives of institutions like the German Clusters of Excellence in Neuroscience, the German Graduate Schools for Neuroscience, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin, the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH), the Max-Planck-Society as well as the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) in New York. Participants of the “Research in Germany” initiative included the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Logo: Research in Germany at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience

Research in Germany at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience

(24.10.17) Washington, DC, November 12-15. The “Research in Germany” initiative will once again participate in the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the largest international conference in neuroscience, and exhibit as part of a large joint booth titled “Neuroscience in Germany”.


III. Quarter 2017

DFG President Peter Strohschneider at the University of California, Berkeley

Truth and Power in the Age of Populism

(09/25/17) During his recent visit to the United States, Peter Strohschneider, president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), accepted an invitation by the Director of the German Historical Institute (DHI) in Washington, DC, Simone Lässig, to give a lecture at DHI’s new West Coast branch at the University of California at Berkeley. The controversial topic, which Strohschneider discussed in his speech “The End of the Endless Frontier? Truth and Power in the Age of Populism" provided a solid foundation for a fruitful discussion.


II. Quarter 2017

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

(06/27/17) 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.

At the booth

Tangible Results: DFG Initiatives in Internationalizing Manufacturing Engineering

(06/27/17) This year’s Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) from June 4 through 6 was hosted by the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. After attending MSEC 2017, Ferdinand Hollmann (program director for manufacturing engineering at the DFG head office in Bonn, Germany) and Stefan Altevogt (DFG North America Office) continued to the University of California, Davis and visited the International Research Training Group “Physical Modeling for Virtual Manufacturing Systems and Processes“ (IRTG 2057, Kaiserslautern, Berkeley, Davis).

Holger Braunscheig during a Leibniz Lecture at the University of Calgary

Prestigious Leibniz prize-winner delivers lecture on new boron chemistry research

(05/18/17) Holger Braunschweig, a leading German academic in the field of inorganic chemistry and recipient of the prestigious Leibniz Prize, gave a lecture on May 4 at the University of Calgary to discuss his research on new synthetic strategies to overcome the inherent electron deficiency of boron. Approximately 70 people from the campus community and beyond were in attendance to hear Braunschweig’s lecture, entitled "Turning boron chemistry on its head: The unusual chemistry of boron in low oxidation states."

Holger Braunschweig during a Leibniz Lecture

Leibniz Lecture with Holger Braunschweig at the University of Ottawa

(05/18/17) On May 2 and May 3, the University of Ottawa hosted Holger Braunchschweig, head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Würzburg, Germany, as part of a Leibniz Lecture Tour, organized by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). The large audience listened attentively as Dr. Braunscheig described the impressive scientific originality of his research and the significance of modern boron chemistry in his lecture entitled “Turning Boron Chemistry on its head: The unusual chemistry of boron in low oxidation states.”

At the booth

„Research in Germany“ at the Experimental Biology (EB) 2017 in Chicago

(05/04/17) Over 13,000 life scientists gathered in Chicago from April 22 – 26 for the Experimental Biology 2017. The motto of this year´s meeting was “Transforming the Future through Science”. The North America Office of the DFG, together with the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Center for Research and Innovation New York, participated with a booth under the umbrella of the “Research in Germany” initiative.

View of the exhibitors’ hall / poster exhibition.

“Research in Germany” on first visit to the Annual Meeting of American Association for Cancer Research (AACR Annual Meeting 2017) in Washington D.C., USA

(24.04.17) For the first time, the “Research in Germany” network in collaboration with the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) Heidelberg has been represented with an information booth at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Renowned researchers and representatives of German funding organizations as well as the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) were present at the booth in the exhibit hall. Additionally, a “Meet the Scientist” event gave participants further opportunity to discuss research and funding opportunities in Germany in the field of cancer research.

Joann Halpern, Gabriele Sadowski, Gerhard Schembecker, Annette Doll-Sellen, Peter Rosenbaum, Andrzej Górak

Leibniz Lecture with Gabriele Sadowski: Thermodynamic stability and bioavailability of pharmaceutical active ingredients

(04/20/17) On April 5, 2017 the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Liaison Office of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) and the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) organized a Leibniz Lecture with chemist Gabriele Sadowski (Technical University Dortmund). In her lecture at the German House in New York, Sadowski discussed the topic of „Thermodynamic stability and bioavailability of pharmaceutical active ingredients.”

Refugee Scientists and Academics: DFG to Facilitate Participation in Research Projects

(04/18/17) In all general research funding programmes offered by the DFG, supplemental proposals can continue to be submitted for refugees and at-risk researchers who have already completed a degree programme. Funding is available for individuals with a residence status in the context of an asylum-granting procedure that confirms a recognised threat. Supplemental proposals can be submitted for any funding which allows refugees to be integrated in a project, especially guest funding, the Mercator module and staff posts.


I. Quarter 2017

Sixteen International Research Funders Announce the Winners of the 2017 T-AP Digging into Data Challenge

(03/29/17) The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and fifteen other international research funders today jointly awarded approximately €8.6 million ($9.2 million) to international teams investigating how large-scale computational techniques may be applied to answering research questions in the humanities and social sciences. These teams will be pursuing research in numerous areas, including musicology, economics, linguistics, political science, and history.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) at the European Career Fair (ECF) in Boston

(03/24/17) Organizers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invited exhibitors from a number of European research landscapes such as France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany to Cambridge, Massachusetts, on February 25 for the 20th edition of the European Career Fair (ECF). Together with colleagues from DAAD and AvH, representatives from the DFG North America Office met with over 150 visitors at the Research in Germany booth and discussed opportunities for research stays in Germany including funding, cooperation, and mobility.

Spring time at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans

Joint presence of “Research in Germany” at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) 2017

(22.03.17) From 13 to 16 March 2017, a total of nine German research and research funding institutions presented a joint booth at the world's largest physics meeting, inspiring keen interest among the international community of experts with a broad range of information and advice on offer.


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