20th German-American Frontiers of Science Symposium

March 10 – 13, 2016
Potsdam, Germany

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences collaborate to organize the German-American Frontiers of Science Symposia. In the past annually, now on a biennial schedule the symposia bring together approximately 70 outstanding young scientists (with up to 15 years of post-doc experience). The participants, half from the United States and half from Germany, represent all disciplines within the natural sciences.

During the 4-day symposium, 21 scientists present their current research to the scientifically diverse audience. All presentations follow an interdisciplinary approach and illustrate research at the cutting-edge of other disciplines. Presenters point to the major challenges in their area of expertise and the limitations to progress at the frontiers of their respective fields. The symposia are intended to stimulate new discussions across disciplines, encourage the exchange of knowledge, and offer participants a start to a productive long-term cooperation with other young scientists in different fields. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will support such collaborations between German and U.S. American participants with its special follow-up program "CONNECT" which allocates residence allowances for working visits in the partner country for up to 30 days.

The symposia take place in Germany and the United States alternately. Funding on the German side is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Participation is by invitation only.


Stephanie Dill
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Program coordinator
Frontiers of Research Symposia
Markgrafenstr. 37
10117 Berlin


This program is financed by the:

Frontiers of Research Symposia

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