Feb 23.

Large German delegation at the 2013 European Career Fair

23 Feb 20132013-02-23T11:27:53
Boston, USA
View of the fair hall on the MIT campus.
View of the fair hall on the MIT campus.

A delegation of 46 German universities, research institutions and funding agencies made a strong impression on some 2,000 visitors at the European Career Fair (ECF) on 23 February 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The ECF is the largest event of its kind in North America and connects employers and universities from Europe with talented candidates living in the US.

Germany is a diverse and attractive research location: this was the message conveyed by the German exhibitors, which included the four largest non-university research institutes as well as graduate schools and universities, many of which are funded by the Excellence Initiative (see full list of exhibitors below). For the seventh year running, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organised a joint German presence at the European Career Fair as part of the “Research in Germany” initiative, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

More than 4,000 students, graduate students and postdocs registered for the event and submitted their resumes in advance, and 96 European companies, academic institutions and non-profit organisations presented their opportunities at the fair and during the interview days that followed. The members of the “Research in Germany” delegation were impressed by the highly qualified and focused candidates. “At the University of Heidelberg booth, we had inquiries from undergraduates through PhD candidates as well as postdocs looking for a junior professorship. It was particularly impressive how purposefully many younger candidates explored their academic options”, says Anke Rösel, Deputy Managing Director of the Graduate Academy at the University of Heidelberg.

Many young researchers seized the opportunity to obtain more detailed information the day after the main exhibit: more than 150 young scientists and researchers attended the “Research in Germany” information sessions held on Sunday, 24 February. In one session, German experts and researchers explained how to pursue graduate studies in Germany, and in the other, how to find a postdoc, young investigator or faculty position in Germany. As a member of the German Bundestag and delegate of the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment Dr. Philipp Murmann (CDU/CSU) gave a very special incentive to come to Germany. Dr. Murmann promised every participant who pursues their research careers in Germany a personal tour of the historic Reichstag in Berlin!

List of German exhibitors:
RWTH Aachen University
University of Bayreuth
Freie Universität Berlin
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
TU9 German Institutes of Technology
UAS7 - German Universities of Applied Sciences
Bielefeld University
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
German Research Foundation (DFG)
University of Bonn
KoWi - European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations
German Consulate General
Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences
Chemnitz University of Technology
Goethe University Frankfurt
BIOSS Centre for Biological Studies
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg
HafenCity Universität Hamburg
Hamburg University of Technology
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Heidelberg University
Helmholtz Association
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
University of Cologne
Leibniz Association
Materials Science in Mainz - Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
Philipps-Universität Marburg
LMU Munich
Max Planck Society
Technische Universität München
University of Münster
"ConRuhr" USA (Consortium of the Ruhr-Area universities)
GAIN - German Academic International Network
German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH)
Baden-Württemberg International
Universität Stuttgart
Universität Ulm
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

DAAD/George Abbott White Dr. Philipp Murmann, member of the German Bundestag and delegate of the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment.
DAAD/George Abbott White Participants at the information session.
DAAD/George Abbott White Participants at the information session.
DAAD/George Abbott White View of the fair hall on the MIT campus.
DAAD/George Abbott White German Center for Research and Innovation staff.
DAAD/George Abbott White Visitors at the Max Planck Society booth.
DAAD/George Abbott White DAAD and GAIN staff.