The "RiG Science Lunch" had an audience of about 350 participants
Virginia Tech welcomed more than 600 researchers to Blacksburg, VA for this year’s International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2016). The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) attended the conference as part of the “Research in Germany” (RiG) initiative and organized both an information booth in the exhibit hall and a “RiG Science Lunch” for the participants. Stefan Altevogt from the DFG North America Office provided the vast majority of the conference attendees with general information on the German research landscape. Marlon Hahn from TU Dortmund University gave an excellent example of university research, explaining the individual priorities and areas of focus of the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction (IUL). The newest insights into the International Research Training Group (IGK 2057: TU Kaiserslautern, UC Berkeley and UC Davis) “Physical Modeling for Virtual Manufacturing Systems and Processes” were highlighted by Barbara Linke (University of California, Davis) in her presentation.
The RiG initiative is now reaping the benefits of the last for years of attendance at the largest meeting in the field of manufacturing technology - Ferdinand Hollmann, program director in engineering sciences at the DFG office in Bonn, announced that the DFG and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will begin to jointly accept applications for a small number of pilot projects containing transatlantic research cooperation in the area of manufacturing technology. The announcement, which was well-received by the scientific community, exemplifies one of the more practical goals of RiG’s outreach activities at scientific conventions - to identify and overcome administrative barriers and procedural obstacles to transatlantic research partnerships. And in that regard, the recent RiG participation at the 2016 MSEC was a particular success.
In 2002, the DFG opened its first North America office in Washington, D.C. A New York City office followed in 2007. The mission of both offices is to facilitate research cooperation between North America and Germany, and to support young German researchers on a DFG-fellowship during their stay.
With "International Research Marketing" - a joint project funded by the BMBF - the DFG together with AvH, DAAD and FhG promote Germany as a research locationto improve the international visibility of top-class research in Germany.