16 August 2012, No. 21/2012

Germany advocates the return of eminent researchers in Boston

Meeting of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) from 7 to 9 September

Joint press release from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

More than 250 US-based junior researchers of German nationality will come together in Boston with over 100 high-level representatives from the worlds of German academia, politics and business from 7 to 9 September. The highly-educated academics are currently furthering their qualifications at American universities and research institutions. At the twelfth annual meeting of the German Academic International Network (GAIN), they can find out about career opportunities and future prospects as well as the benefits of Germany as a centre of academia. This year’s GAIN conference focuses on the third round of funding of the Excellence Initiative from the central and regional governments and the worsening skills shortage in Germany. In light of the latter, junior researchers are more in demand than ever.

At a job fair, jointly organised by GAIN, the German Rectors’ Conference and the German Scholars Organization, German universities, research institutions and companies will present their latest job vacancies to the researchers. The attendees in Boston will also discuss their desires and suggestions with politicians and academic representatives from Germany. The event is expected to be attended by not only Dr. Helge Braun, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and Udo Michallik, Secretary-General of the German Standing Conference of Ministers, but also the heads of all German research and funding organisations plus top universities. Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, Secretary-General of both the Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) and the European Research Council (ERC) and former President of the German Research Foundation, will attend as guest speaker.

The conference will be organised by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Research Foundation within the scope of their joint initiative GAIN and financed by BMBF funding.

About the organisation: the German Academic International Network (GAIN) was established as a joint initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Research Foundation. The associated members include the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Max Planck Society, the Leibniz Association, the German Rectors’ Conference and the Deutsche Krebshilfe e. V. With almost 4,500 members, GAIN has established itself as a transatlantic discussion forum for German academics. GAIN uses events and publications to promote a better flow of information in both directions across the Atlantic. GAIN supports the return of German academics to attractive positions in Germany as well as cooperation between researchers in Germany and North America.

Contact DAAD:
Gerrit Rößler
Head of the GAIN Programme
DAAD branch office New York
Tel. (+1) 212 758 3223, extension 217
E-Mail: roessler@daad.org

Head of Press and Public Relations:
Francis Hugenroth
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn
Tel: 0228 / 882-454
Fax: 0228 / 882-659
E-Mail: presse@daad.de

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 25,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide – including 48 Nobel Prize winners.


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