Press release

GAIN 2019: The largest networking conference for German researchers starts in the USA

No. 17/2019

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Dietrich Wolf Fenner
Program Director GAIN
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Joint press release issued by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Postdocs and early career researchers from Germany along with international researchers will meet with high-ranking German representatives from the science community, political sector and industry at the German Academic International Network’s (GAIN) 19th Annual Conference and Talent Fair. During the conference being held in San Francisco from 23 to 25 August, their focus will be on innovation and jobs in Germany as a location for research. The Annual GAIN Conference is the largest networking event outside of Europe for science and research careers in Germany.

Over the course of three days, international and German researchers attending GAIN19 will discuss matters regarding their future career plans: Their options range from professorships at a university or university of applied sciences all the way to a switch to (research in) industry. Other possible career moves include entering the field of science management or starting up a company. The GAIN19 programme will cover a variety of topics such as dual career planning, heading a junior research group, and tenure-track professorships.

At the Talent Fair, research institutes will present themselves, their career paths and jobs they have on offer. Funding bodies will be providing information about programmes for returning researchers, fellowships and career opportunities arising from the German government’s Excellence Strategy.

In addition to high-ranking representatives from the host organisations ‒ Professor Dr Margret Wintermantel (DAAD), Professor Dr Julika Griem (DFG) and Dr Enno Aufderheide (Humboldt Foundation) ‒ the conference will also welcome guests from the political sector, including Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research. State Secretary Rachel will speak on the prospects of the German government’s research policy. Members of the German Bundestag will field questions from researchers during an open fishbowl discussion.

This year, for the first time, GAIN is launching a Science Slam where researchers will present their current research findings. GAIN and DAAD alumni will turn the spotlight on their science-based start-ups at the Young Innovators Showcase. The subject of “Can government programs succeed in fostering technological breakthroughs?” will be discussed via #Sprunginnovation #Disruption at a GAIN-TEN Breakfast held during the conference.

About GAIN

The German Academic International Network (GAIN) is a network for German scientists and researchers who work in North America. GAIN has helped them since 2003 with a diverse programme to establish and maintain contact with German research institutions, prepare them for their return to the German research landscape and help them articulate their interests vis-à-vis political decision-makers.
GAIN is a joint initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society, the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe) are associate members. A number of collaborative partners from science, industry and politics regularly support GAIN with its work.

GAIN19 will be held from 23 to 25 August 2019 at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.


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 conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 29,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Laureates.

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