(14.09.2016) Preliminary findings of a comprehensive DFG study show that researchers funded through early career support programmes have a higher chance of having a successful research career. The initial findings, presented yesterday by DFG Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek at the 16th annual conference of the German Academic International Network (GAIN), indicate – using the DFG’s Emmy Noether Programme and Heisenberg fellowship as examples – how effectively these funding instruments are at moving early career researchers further along the path towards a professorship.
Research Careers: Targeted Funding Creates Much Better Opportunities
Initial results from a current DFG study are presented at the16th annual GAIN conference in Washington D.C.
Attracting young academics to Germany
Discussion about current science policy decisions in Germany / Joint press release by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the DFG
(31.08.16) The Junior Researcher Pact, the Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act and the Excellence Strategy – these three academic policy measures aim to increase the attractiveness and viability of Germany in the coming years. But how do German junior researchers in the USA and Canada view these developments and how will they influence their future careers paths? The questions will be the focus of discussion at the 16th annual GAIN conference in Washington D.C. from 9 to 11 September 2016.
DFG Awards 2016 Bernd Rendel Prize
Young geoscientists recognised for predoctoral research
(31.08.16) This year’s winners of the DFG’s Bernd Rendel Prize are recognised for their multifaceted research in the geosciences. Max Frenzel, whose doctoral thesis at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg focuses on ore deposit research, and Andreas H. Schweiger, who is undertaking doctoral research in ecology/biogeography at the University of Bayreuth, were selected by the expert jury. They will each receive €1,500 to be used for research purposes. The prizes are funded by proceeds from the Bernd Rendel Foundation, which is managed by the Stifterverband. The prize will be presented on 28 September as part of the annual meeting of the German Geological Society (DGGV) in Innsbruck.
DFG Awards Prize for Alternative to Animal Experiments
Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize goes to researchers at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut / Award ceremony on 28 September 2016
(27.07.2016) This year’s Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize, which is endowed with €100,000, will go to Dr. Birgit Kegel and Dr. Beate Krämer together with four other members of the working group they head at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut in Langen. The researchers have developed a form of testing that can be used in place of experiments that have been necessary up to now but stressful to animals. The prize recognises this outstanding contribution to implementing the principle of the 3Rs (reduction, refinement and replacement).
Participation in “Excellence Strategy”
The current situation regarding research policy in Germany and in particular the new federal-state initiative for the funding of top-level research at universities (the “Excellence Strategy”) was the main theme at the DFG’s annual meeting, which concluded on Wednesday at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. At the end of the three-day meeting, representatives of the DFG’s member organisations in the General Assembly voted unanimously in favour of participation in the Excellence Strategy.
Emmy Noether Meeting 2016
Researchers whose goal is a professorship are sceptical about the amended Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act and the Early Career Researcher Pact. This became clear at the science policy evening of the 15th Emmy Noether Meeting. Some 150 funding recipients attended the meeting to take part in in-depth discussion on this and other topics.
Calls for Proposals: ERA-CAPS: Third Joint Call Launched
The European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS) has launched its third joint call for proposals. The call, entitled “Europe-USA Call Strengthening Transnational Research in Molecular Plant Sciences”, will fund high quality collaborative transnational research in fundamental molecular plant science to meet the European and global demand for innovation in the area.
DFG India Office at Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
On 18 March 2016, the German Research Foundation (DFG) India Office participated in an “Interactive-Session on Higher Education and Research in Germany” at the Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Greater Noida near Delhi. The interactive session that was jointly organized by the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi and the SNU.
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