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IV. Quarter 2017

Second Marine Science Workshop in Buenos Aires

(18.12.17) On 21 and 22 November, the second German-Argentinian workshop on marine science was held in Argentina’s capital. The initiative arose from a mutual interest among researchers in stepping up cooperation in the many different areas of the field. The event was financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Argentinian science ministry (MINCYT).

DFG presents funding programmes at Rebralint Symposium in Rio de Janeiro

(22.12.17) The first symposium of the “Rede Brasil-Alemanha Internacionalização do Ensino Superior (Rebralint)” was held on 11 December at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). The Rebralint network consists of Brazilian alumni of German universities and was launched in 2017 with the aim of focussing greater attention on Germany as part of the current internationalisation efforts of Brazilian universities.

The workshops will take place in Germany and the state of São Paulo in Brazil, with the participation of researchers from both countries

The DFG and FAPESP Announce Results of Joint Call

(01.12.17) The DFG and its partner organisation FAPESP have announced the projects approved under the joint call ‘Joint Workshops 2017’, which was published as part of the cooperation agreement between the two institutions. Ten proposals were approved in total, and the associated events will be held in both Germany and Brazil over the course of the next year.

Klaus Wehrberger, Deputy Head of the Coordinated Programmes and Infrastructure department, presented the background, design and results of the Excellence Initiative

Excellence Initiative – DFG visits the University of São Paulo

(30.11.17) Following publication of the new internationalisation programme for Brazilian universities (PRINT) by the funding organisation CAPES, training and research institutions are now preparing for the application process. The announcement marks a first step towards the planned Excellence Programme in Brazil, designed to promote various aims including internationalisation. In view of the great interest in the German Excellence Initiative and the experience gathered by the DFG, on 17 November, the DFG Office Latin America and the University of São Paulo (USP) held a joint workshop entitled “Germany and the Academic Excellence Initiative”.

Excellence Programmes for Research in Germany and Brazil

(21.11.17) In the first week of November, Brazilian funding agency CAPES, with which the German Research Foundation (DFG) has been cooperating since 1995, published a call for PRINT, the new internationalisation programme at Brazilian universities, with a view to establishing a new excellence programme.

Scientific presentations at the annual meeting

The DFG at the Ninth Annual Meeting of BRAGECRIM

(16.11.17) The ninth annual meeting of BRAGECRIM (the Brazilian-German Collaborative Research Initiative in Manufacturing Technology) was held in Salvador from 8 to 10 November 2017. BRAGECRIM, which is financed by the DFG and its Brazilian partner organisation CAPES, is one of the largest bilateral research initiatives which, since the beginning of 2009, has brought together over 300 researchers from various universities and non-university research institutions in both countries.

Group photo at the viewpoint of Las Tres Cruces near Cafayate

DFG President Visits Argentina

(13.11.17) Exciting research projects, long-term cooperation and effective institutional partnerships: Argentina and Germany can look back on a lasting and fruitful relationship in scientific research and scholarship. During his nearly week-long visit to Argentina, DFG President Prof Dr Peter Strohschneider, accompanied by a delegation, was able to gain a comprehensive picture of the academic strength of German-Argentinian cooperation as well as its general situation. The visit in the second week of November took him to Buenos Aires, La Plata, Córdoba and Salta, where he met with many researchers and research policy makers.

DFG Presents Itself at Photonics Roadshow

(13.11.17) The research alliance Leibniz Health Technologies (Leibniz Gesundheitstechnologien) and the German House for Research and Innovation São Paulo (DWIH-SP) recently organised events in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo for early career researchers who wanted to learn about career and cooperation opportunities in photonics research and development, specifically in healthcare and life sciences.

An audience of around 50 people took part in the information event in Puerto Vallarta

The DFG Outlines Funding Opportunities at the Research in Germany Session in Mexico

(13.11.17) At the annual meeting of the Mexican Geophysical Union (Unión Geofísica Mexicana, UGM), held between 22 and 27 October in Puerto Vallarta, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) gave a presentation at a Research in Germany information event.

In São Paulo, Belmont Forum defines directions of future research

(10.11.17) The Belmont Forum, established in 2009 to provide scientific knowledge that can guide the transition to sustainability, is an international consortium comprising most of the world’s main research funding agencies, including the DFG. Its members come from more than 50 countries on all six continents. Representatives of the agencies that participate in the initiative met on November 6-10 in São Paulo at Fapesp, one of the DFG´s Brazilian partner organizations, to take stock of the progress achieved in the past year and agree on priorities for the research projects to be supported in 2018 and beyond.

Participants from universities in Antioquia province

DFG Organizes Workshop in Colombia

(30.10.17) DFG President Peter Strohschneider’s visit to Colombia a year and a half ago has already produced concrete results in the form of a workshop devoted to cooperation between Germany and Antioquia – the first event of its kind. During a meeting with Strohschneider in February 2016, rectors and other university representatives from Antioquia showed great interest in furthering cooperation with German researchers. A workshop was organised to enable discussion and analysis of the potential for scientific cooperation, as well as familiarising participants with the funding structures offered by the DFG and the Colombian universities.

The German delegation visits the “Pró-Mata” nature conservation area

8th German-Brazilian Sustainability Symposium in Porto Alegre

(24.10.17) Shaping sustainable societies is one of the greatest challenges we face today, and it can only be achieved through engagement and international cooperation. In 2015, the 163 member states of the UNO signed Agenda 2030, which contains 17 goals for the implementation of sustainable development by the year 2030.

DFG and Capes Present Internationalisation Strategies in Porto Alegre

(24.10.17) The eighth “German-Brazilian Symposium for Sustainable Development” was held from 2 to 7 October at the Catholic Papal University in the Federal State of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Porto Alegre. Around 250 researchers from both countries took part in the event, which takes place alternately in Brazil and Germany.


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Around 35 researchers took part in the workshop

German-Brazilian Workshop on Imaging Techniques in Cancer Therapy

(28.09.17) German and Brazilian researchers in engineering and life sciences presented their research work at a workshop held on the campus of the Faculty of Medicine at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Botucatu, in the state of São Paulo. Their projects are all based on the same question: how can imaging techniques support and improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer? During the event, the DFG Office Latin America provided information about funding opportunities for bilateral research projects eligible for joint funding with Brazilian partner organisations.

Research in Germany Lunch Session at Geophysics Conference in Mexico

(26.09.17) At the annual meeting of the Mexican Geophysics Union (Unión Geofísica Mexicana – UGM), to be held between 22 and 26 October in Puerto Vallata, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will be represented with an informative presentation. On 24 October, Dr. Christina Siebe, DFG Liaison Scientist in Mexico, will present the funding programmes and cooperation opportunities offered by the DFG during the Research in Germany Lunch Session.

DFG To Organise Science Lunch at Polymer Congress in Brazil

(26.09.17) As part of the Research in Germany initiative, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and university representatives will be participating in the 14th Brazilian Congress on Polymers in Águas de Lindóia, at the invitation of the organisers, to provide information about research and funding opportunities in Germany.

Brazilian Roadshow on German Research, Innovation & Higher Education in Photonic Health Technologies

(25.09.17) The Leibniz Health Technologies, a Research Alliance of the German Leibniz Association, and the German House for Research and Innovation in São Paulo will host exclusive events in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to inform Brazilian PhD students, postdocs and junior researchers interested in career and funding opportunities in photonic research and development for health care and life sciences in Germany.

8th Brazil-Germany Symposium of Sustainable Development

(18.09.17) The eighth edition of the Brazil-Germany Symposium of Sustainable Development will be held from October 2 to 7, in Porto Alegre. The event takes place every two years, alternately in Brazil and Germany, and aims at providing scientific exchange between Brazilian and German researchers in the field of technological innovation and sustainability.

Maxi Neidhardt informed the audience about the DFG's funding programmes

DFG Presents Funding Programmes at Brazilian Law Congress

(18.09.17) The Research in Germany initiative provided information on research and cooperation opportunities in Germany during the 15th Brazilian Congress for International Law (Congresso Brasileiro de Direito Internacional – CBDI) in Florianópolis. Representatives of the DFG and the DAAD were in attendance on 30 and 31 August 2017 to provide interested parties with advice on research and funding opportunities in Germany.

INCTs offering further possibilities for Brazilian-German scientific cooperation

The National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs) are a key strategic element in the Brazilian system of science, technology and innovation. The INCT programme aims at promoting the interaction with international groups of excellence in specific research areas. In order to enhance German-Brazilian collaborations and to foster the establishment of new initiatives, the DFG published a report to inform about the variety of regular funding programmes available to scientists working in Germany that provide opportunities for joint research activities. To access the information report, click on the link below:

Audience at the colloquium: researchers from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

DFG Presents Funding Opportunities for German-Brazilian Cooperation

(24.08.17) On 9 August, researchers and professors from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) had the opportunity to learn more about the DFG’s work and activities in Brazil at the 3rd Colloquium for Applied Research. Kathrin Winkler, director of the DFG’s Latin America office, was invited to speak about the DFG and its funding programmes as part of a panel on ‘Funding Opportunities: Funds and Interests of International Agencies’. Addressing an audience of around 120, she spoke about cooperation with Brazilian partner organisations, funding opportunities for initiating collaborations between researchers in Germany and Brazil, and successful bilateral projects.

Helmut Galle (DFG Liaison Scientist) spoke about the DFG’s funding programmes

DFG Presents Itself at IUPS Physiology Congress in Rio de Janeiro

(10.08.17) The DFG Office Latin America arranged for the Research in Germany initiative to take part in the 38th Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) in Rio de Janeiro. During the first week of August, congress participants had the opportunity to find out more about Germany as a place of research.

Prof. Androutsopoulos spoke about his academic career in Germany

Research in Germany Information Event at Linguistics Congress in Rio de Janeiro

(08.08.17) In July the Research in Germany initiative was represented at the 18th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), held in Rio de Janeiro, to present Germany as a place of research. As well as one-to-one advice offered at the stand throughout the congress, there was a lunch session at which the DFG presented its range of funding and cooperation opportunities.

Jaime Ramírez, Rector of the UFMG; Abílio Neves, President of CAPES; Dietrich Halm, DFG Director for International Affairs Latin America, and Luiz Roberto Curi, of the MCTIC

DFG Discusses Future of Cooperation at Annual Meeting of the SBPC

(25.07.17) Brazil’s research community gathered in Belo Horizonte from 16 to 22 July for the 69th annual meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SPBC). A total of around 15,000 participants, including students, doctoral researchers, postdocs, professors and heads of research management in universities, research and funding institutions, came to the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).

DFG Welcomes Interested Audience to a Science Lunch at the IUPAC Congress

(24.07.17) At the 46th World Chemistry Congress organised by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and held between 9 and 14 July in São Paulo, the DFG hosted a Research in Germany Science Lunch.

Research in Germany at the 36th IUPS World Physiology Congress in Rio

(16.07.17) As part of the Research in Germany initiative, the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be present at the 36th IUPS World Physiology Congress in Rio de Janeiro, to be held from 1st to 5th August.

The DFG delegation visits CINVESTAV

CINVESTAV – Scientific Excellence in Mexico

(14.07.17) “I think students and researchers from Germany would be surprised at the outstanding research conditions we have at CINVESTAV – what we have here in Mexico probably compares with the Max Planck Society,” said Prof. Dr. Axel Tiessen, researcher and professor at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados – CINVESTAV) in Mexico.

German diplomatic representatives and representatives of political foundations and a variety of institutions in the areas of science, culture, trade and industry participated in Brazil Day

DFG Participates in Brazil Day at German Embassy in Brasília

(10.07.17) On 30 May, the annual Brazil Day organised by the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany was held in the Brazilian capital. Once again, this year’s guests included German diplomatic representatives and representatives of political foundations and a variety of institutions in the areas of science, culture, trade and industry. The motto for the event, which was also attended by the head of the DFG office in Latin America, Dr. Kathrin Winkler, was ‘Germany and Brazil: Partners in Globalisation’.

Research in Germany at the 46th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in São Paulo

(03.07.17) The Research in Germany initiative will be present at the 46th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Sao Paulo, to be held from 9th to 14th July at the World Trade Center.


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The panel discussion on the second day of the symposium (from left to right): Alexander Au (DAAD), Mónica Pacheco Silva (FU Berlin), Iken Paap (Ibero-American Institute), Ana Luisa Izquierdo y de la Cueva (UNAM), Antonio Benavides Castillo (INAH), Wo

Archaeological Research – the Results of the Successful German-Mexican Collaboration

(26.06.17) As part of the year of Germany in Mexico, a symposium on the subject of archaeology was organised in Mexico City, at which ongoing DFG-funded projects were presented in cooperation with Mexican researchers and the enormous potential of palaeontological research and the results of the successful bilateral cooperation were emphasised.

A broad-tipped hermit nibbles on a cactus blossom

The Brazilian World Heritage Site of Serra da Capivara – The Oldest Traces of Settlement in America?

(23.06.17) The exhibition ‘The Brazilian World Heritage Site of Serra da Capivara – The Oldest Traces of Settlement in America?’, featuring photography by André Pessoa, showcases not just archaeological research but also the fascinating flora and fauna, and local cultures and traditions.

Meeting with the Secretary General of UNAM, Dr. Leonardo Lomelí (left to right): Dr. Javier Nieto Gutierrez, Dr. Frederico Fernandez Christlieb, Dr. Christina Siebe, Dr. Carlos Arámburo de la Hoz, Dr. Leonardo Lomelí, Dorothee Dzwonnek, Dr. Annette S

DFG Secretary General Visits Mexico

(13.06.17) A university with 340,000 students and 40,000 academic staff, a long-standing collaboration with Mexico’s best training and research institution in the humanities and social sciences as well as a visit to a leading Mexican research and graduate institution made an impressive programme for DFG Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek’s visit to Mexico. During the multi-day visit at the end of May, together with Dr. Annette Schmidtmann, the head of the Scientific Affairs department at the DFG, she was able to form a picture of the Mexican research landscape.

Promoting Closer Collaboration Between German and Mexican Researchers at UNAM

(02.06.17) A community of some 400,000 people on an area of 2,815 km² – this could be a description of a German city, but in fact it refers to the largest university in Latin America, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM). On 23 May, a DFG delegation which included Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek visited an important part of the UNAM main campus with the aim of strengthening relations between German researchers and the Mexican university.

Excellence Meets Excellence: COLMEX and DFG Hold Joint Symposium on the International Research Training Group ‘Zwischen Räumen – Entre Espacios’

(01.06.17) The second and final funding period of the International Research Training Group ‘Zwischen Räumen – Entre Espacios’ (‘Between Spaces’) ends in around a year’s time, and the initiative has already produced some impressive results. The project, funded since 2009 by the DFG and its Mexican partner organisation CONACYT, was the focus of a symposium held at the Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX) in the Mexican capital.

Researchers in the field of electrical engineering from Germany and Colombia attended the workshop

DFG Takes Part in 2nd Workshop on German-Colombian Research Cooperation in Bogotá

(15.05.17) With the support of the DFG and the Colombian funding agency Colciencias, the second edition of the "Workshop on German-Colombian research cooperation" took place between 25 and 28 April 2017 at the Pontifícia Universidade Javeriana in Bogotá.

DFG Provides Advice at Postdoctoral Workshops in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

(09.05.17) For the third time, the DFG Office Latin America attended workshops for Brazilian postdoctoral candidates hosted by the universities of the University Alliance Ruhr, the University of Münster, the Technical University of Munich and the Free University of Berlin.

DFG Presents Funding Programme for German-Brazilian Research Cooperation

(20.04.17) In early April, the Free University of Berlin, the Max Planck Society Regional Office Baden-Württemberg and the German House for Research and Innovation São Paulo (DWIH-SP) held information workshops in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte (state of Minas Gerais) on the topic of submitting proposals for research funding. All key aspects were dealt with in the course of the event – from making contact with research institutions that might potentially carry out the project, through the selection of the most appropriate funding instrument, to putting together a project proposal.

Merian Research Group in São Paulo Researches Co-Existence in Unequal Societies

(27.04.17) On 3 April, a new Maria Sibylla Merian research group was formally launched at a ceremony held in the Office of the Rector of the University of São Paulo (USP). Following its establishment in the Brazilian metropolis, the “Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality in Unequal Societies: Perspectives from Latin America” will be funded for up to twelve years as part of the funding line from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the development of scientific centres in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.


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Open Applications for the Berlin Science Communication Award

(24.03.17) The Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin (HU) and partners are looking for highly talented science journalist at the beginning of career to apply for the Berlin Science Communication Award. The prize-winner will take part of the Journalist‐in‐Residence Program during two month in Berlin. The program offers ideal conditions to expand professional network and to establish contacts with Berlin’s top‐level research institutions, scientists and science communicators in the area.

Oleg Prymak (UDE).

Nanoscience Workshop in Chile

(23.03.17) On 7/8 March 2017, a workshop was held at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago to intensify German-Chilean cooperation in nanoscience. The meeting was initiated by Dr. Oleg Prymak from the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) with the aim of strengthening scientific cooperation between the two countries in this field.

PhD and Post-Doc Workshops in Mexico City

(27.01.17) The German Universities FU Berlin and TU Munich are organizing two informative workshops in Mexico City in February, with information about PhD and Post-Doc opportunities in Germany. The DFG will be represented by its Liaison Scientist in Mexico, Prof. Dr. Christina Siebe, who will talk about the funding and career opportunities for young researchers. For more information and subscription, please click on the following links:


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