18th German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

March 20 – 23, 2019
Hamburg, Germany


The symposium aims to bring together outstanding, early-career German and American engineers from industry, universities, and other research institutions to introduce their areas of engineering research and technical work, thereby facilitating an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to the development of cooperative networks of young engineers from both countries.


Conferences are held every two year, alternating between Germany and the United States, with about 30 engineers from each country participating. Funding on the German side is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. An organizing committee comprised of German and U.S. engineers develops the program for the event and assists in the selection of participants. Co-chairs for the GAFOE meeting in 2019 are Prof. Dennis Discher, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and Prof. Jörg Schulze, Institute of Semiconductor Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. The topics that will be covered at this GAFOE symposium are 1) Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, 2) Biomedical Optics: Advanced imaging methodology development and applications, 3) Electro-Mobility and Its Impact, and 4) Technologies for Space Exploration.


Since 1995, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has held an annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium that brings together 100 outstanding engineers (with up to 12 years after PhD) from U.S. companies, universities, and government to discuss leading-edge research and technical work across a range of engineering fields. The goal of the symposium is to introduce these engineers to each other, challenge them to think about developments and problems at the frontiers of areas different from their own, and thereby facilitate collaborative work, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of leaders in engineering.

In 1998, the NAE expanded the Frontiers program into the international arena with the first German-American Frontiers of Engineering (GAFOE). Since then, bilateral programs with India, China, Japan, and the EU have also been added to the NAE Frontiers portfolio.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation co-organizes the German-American Frontiers of Engineering with the NAE. Apart from GAFOE the Humboldt Foundation organizes symposia for the natural sciences with the USA, Japan, China, and United Kingdom, as well as symposia for the humanities with Israel, Turkey, and United Kingdom. Moreover, Humboldt Foundation has started a series of Frontiers of Engineering Symposia with India and Brazil.

The 18th German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will be held from March 20 – 23, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.


Anke Teubner
Programme Coordinator
Frontiers of Research Program
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Berlin Office
Markgrafenstr. 37
10117 Berlin


This program is financed by the:

Frontiers of Research Symposia

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