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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). The German exhibition at the ECF took place as part of the “Research in Germany” initiative of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and featured research funding agencies including the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), research universities and non-university research institutions (e.g. Max Planck Institutes) as well as a number of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Research in Germany booth

Together with colleagues from DAAD and AvH, representatives from the DFG North America Office met with over 150 visitors at the RiG booth and discussed opportunities for research stays in Germany including funding, cooperation, and mobility.

On February 26, another 80 visitors came to the „Research in Germany“ workshop at the Marriott Cambridge for round-table discussions and testimonials on the German research landscape and funding opportunities for research in Germany.

Consultation during the workshop

Consultation during the workshop

These testimonials - from Americans who have been doing research in Germany - have become the strongest argument in the RiG campaign, because they add the anecdotal icing to the otherwise rather statistical cake of increased opportunities for research in Germany. This year’s top testimonial came from Doug Richardson, director of the Center for Biological Imaging at Harvard University, who – as a fellow [Formica1] of the AvH – has been working with nobel prize laureate Stefan Hell in Göttingen. Next to the internationally very competitive quality of German research, Richardson was most impressed by its efficiency; these achievements were made Monday 8 am through Friday 5 pm and not – like in North America – by sacrificing weekends. To stress this point, Richardson quoted Hell’s standard answer to a lot of attempts to lure him away from Germany to some more prestigious places like Harvard or Stanford: „I believe in German Science.“

Workshop

DFG Office North America

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.

International Research Marketing

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.