Reports - Topics - News | 2021

Leibniz Prize winner and neuroscientist Marco Prinz live in New York

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Prof. Dr. Marco Prinz

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(11/29/21) How do microglial cells function in the brain and why do they change from normally being useful helpers to the “bad guys” responsible for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis (MS)? Questions like these were the focus of the lecture by Freiburg-based neuroscientist and Leibniz Prize winner Professor Dr. Marco Prinz at a joint event organized by the DFG Office North America, the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York, and the University of Freiburg liaison office on 17 November.

“Live” again at last: DFG at the Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) in Indianapolis

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This year’s Annual Conference of the German Studies Association took place live in person in Indianapolis.

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(10/19/21) The 45th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) was held in Indianapolis, Indiana between 30 September and 3 October. It was the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the DFG Office North America was able to take part in the on-site conference of a professional association.

“Networking, dialogue and an open-minded attitude”

(08/25/21) At the virtual 21st annual conference of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) from August 25 – 27, postdocs and early career researchers met with international researchers and high-ranking representatives of academia, politics, and business in Germany.

Feelings Over Facts: A New Look At Language and Political Psychology

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(06/28/21) As part of the series “Transatlantic Tandem Talks” (TTT) on June 23, Joris Lammers of the DFG-funded Cluster of Excellence “ECONtribute” and Matt Baldwin of the University of Florida discussed the ramifications of the insight that people are guided by their gut instinct more often than supporters of rational intelligence would like.

50th anniversary of German-Canadian cooperation in science and technology

(05/26/21) The virtual meeting of the German-Canadian Commission for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (STC) took place on 6 May 2021. With the involvement of various research and funding organizations, Germany and Canada presented the focus areas of a variety of collaborative projects in the fields of education, science, and technology. The STC’s 50th anniversary was celebrated festively at the subsequent virtual launch event on 7 May.

Virtual DFG-NSF Research Workshop on Cybersecurity and Machine Learning

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(05/26/21) More than a hundred researchers from Germany and the USA met from May 17 and 18 to discuss the challenges and research potential at the interface between cybersecurity and machine learning. DFG Vice President Kerstin Schill and NSF Senior Advisor Erwin Gianchandani gave the opening speeches.

Second Transatlantic Tandem Talk: CEPLAS Cluster of Excellence in the spotlight

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(05/04/21) On 4 May, the New York office of the University of Cologne, the DWIH New York and the DFG Office North America jointly hosted the second edition of the “Transatlantic Tandem Talks” series, this time focusing on the topic of plant research.

DFG North America at the virtual European Career Fair

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ECF 2021

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(3/31/21) The European Career Fair, (ECF) organized by the European Club of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was held on a virtual platform this year due to the coronavirus. One of the advantages of this was a significant expansion of geographical coverage without any increase in CO2 emissions from air travel.

“Research in Germany” at the virtual APS March Meeting

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(03/24/21) After the American Physical Society was forced to cancel its annual March Meeting at short notice last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was able to take place securely online this March. From 15 to 19 March, researchers from all over the world had the opportunity to come together virtually for the March Meeting. With over 11,000 participants, it was the largest meeting of the APS to date in terms of numbers.

New Year’s Mixer for German Alumni and Fellows

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(02/04/21) For several years now, the German Consulate General New York has invited representatives and alumni of the university liaison offices and funding organizations based in the city to a New Year’s reception at the Consul General’s residence. This year the event was held virtually due to the corona pandemic, but it was still a resounding success with more than 100 guests.

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