Christmas mood at the Research in Germany booth
On the 100th anniversary of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), geoscience research institutions and funding organisations from Germany welcomed international researchers at the festively decorated information booth and during a DFG Leibniz Lecture with a German Social
(08.01.19) Following the event in the previous year, this year's annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union did not take place in San Francisco but in Washington instead. Holding the conference in the US capital was fitting for the anniversary of the renowned society, as this is where its offices are located. This, combined with the pre-Christmas mood on the east coast of the USA, was a welcome excuse for the Research in Germany initiative to festively decorate the joint booth. Many of the 27,000 international conference participants very much appreciated the inviting atmosphere and visited the information booth to be advised on research opportunities and funding programmes in Germany, make contacts or just linger.
As in previous years, numerous German geoscience research institutions joined the three large funding organisations at the joint Research in Germany booth. The subject spectrum included atmospheric and climate research as well as marine research, hydrology, geology and geophysics. University and non-university research institutions and projects focusing on both basic research and applied research were among the institutions involved. With its varied composition, the information booth was in fitting with the motto of the conference 'What Science Stands For', yet it represented wide-ranging concepts. The German Aerospace Center (DLR), represented by the international office in Washington, was part of the Research in Germany booth for the first time.
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While the joint Research in Germany booth was nothing out of the ordinary in terms of appearance on the first and second day of the conference, it underwent a transformation halfway through the week. Thanks to the careful organisation of all booth participants, it transformed into a traditional German Christmas market. Christmas decorations adorned the counters, fairy lights framed the booth space and formed a canopy above the booth, Christmas biscuits and mulled wine spice, small gifts and a small Christmas tree at the centre of the booth completed the picture, creating the ambience of a typical German Christmas market, even if for just a short while. The highlight of the Christmas activities was the Christmas Career Café on the Wednesday. Doctoral researchers and researchers from all over Germany as well as international visiting researchers opened up a discussion of experiences with respect to research and career opportunities. Conference participants held the programme in high regard. A few of them even felt inspired enough to sing Christmas carols. Some written feedback given after the event eluded to the charm of the booth at AGU.
Besides the Research in Germany booth, the DFG Leibniz Lecture, with Professor Daniel Frost, University of Bayreuth, which was organised outside of the conference centre, with its subsequent network reception was also very well received and provided a festive finale to the conference week.
The Research in Germany booth at AGU in Washington demonstrates that Germany is well connected as a research location and understands how to make its presence unique. In this respect, the guiding principle of the current German-American year of the Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut and the Federation of German Industry can also be applied to the Research in Germany presentation: wunderbar together.