Newsletter: September 2017

City life is often colourful, loud and fascinating – and attracts more and more people. The populations of the world’s megacities will increase by more than a billion people in the next ten years. German city researchers are nevertheless optimistic: Their new digital technologies and management strategies promise more relaxation, safety, health and well-being in our cities. Find out about international pilot projects being implemented as part of the campaign “Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). You can also read why a PhD in Germany is a really good idea, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month.

IN FOCUS: Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow

The future of our cities

The future of our cities

In a few years, two out of three people in the world will have taken up residence in cities, consuming far more energy and resources than cities can provide. Ten German research networks have set out to turn our cities in viable, resilient and sustainable living areas. Supported by BMBF, about 25 outstanding German urban researchers have now teamed up with international experts to build the City of Tomorrow together. In groundbreaking projects in China, Colombia, India, Vietnam, and the USA they put their latest digital technologies and strategies to the test. More The future of our cities

Smart and beautiful – floating architecture in Vietnam & Germany

Smart and beautiful – floating architecture in Vietnam & Germany

Up till now, the stunning floating houses developed by the German scientists of Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg have been popular with well-off individualists who like the idea of living self-sufficiently by supplying their own water and energy. Now a German-Vietnamese research network of the BMBF´s campaign “Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow” is looking into adapting the German concept to Vietnamese traditions. Its aim is to offer smart, sustainable and affordable homes for thousands of Vietnamese in a country at high risk of sea level rises. More Smart and beautiful – floating architecture in Vietnam & Germany

More fun driving and cleaner air in China’s megacities

More fun driving and cleaner air in China’s megacities

Last year, many millions of Chinese fulfilled their dream of owning their own car. But their driving experience is hampered by congested roads in the metropolises. German researchers of the DLR Institute of Transportation Systems were able to demonstrate in the megacity Huainan how their digital tools can be used to prevent traffic jams and accidents and to significantly reduce air pollution. They are now offering to get traffic moving again in other cities in China. More More fun driving and cleaner air in China’s megacities

CAREER & FUNDING

Info for PhD Students

Info for PhD Students

Doing a PhD in Germany is an excellent idea – for all kinds of different reasons. It is hardly surprising then that no other country in Europe has more doctoral students. A German PhD degree is internationally renowned, the country has world class research facilities and numerous funding options are available to doctoral students from abroad. And the icing on the cake is that Germany offers a high quality of life. More Info for PhD Students

Current Calls

Dissertation fellowships from the German Environmental Foundation

Dissertation fellowships from the German Environmental Foundation

The German Environmental Foundation awards fellowships to support dissertations on environmental topics. Highly-qualified young scientists from all disciplines are eligible for funding. Applications can be submitted from now until 15 January 2018. More Dissertation fellowships from the German Environmental Foundation

'Freigeist' Fellowships from the Volkswagen Foundation

'Freigeist' Fellowships from the Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation provides young researchers in all disciplines and of all nationalities with funding of up to one million euros. The next closing date for applications is 12 October 2017. Applications can already be submitted now. More 'Freigeist' Fellowships from the Volkswagen Foundation

Georg Forster Research Fellowship for postdoctoral students

Georg Forster Research Fellowship for postdoctoral students

Through its Georg Forster Research Fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation provides funding for highly-qualified postdoctoral students in all disciplines from developing countries and emerging economies. Applications can be submitted at any time. More Georg Forster Research Fellowship for postdoctoral students

NUMBER OF THE MONTH

10,000

10,000

That’s how many suns would be needed to shine as brightly as the world’s largest artificial sun at the Institute of Solar Research in Jülich. The idea is for researchers to use this enormous light source to develop technologies for solar hydrogen. More 10,000

SCIENCE CURIOSITIES

A single breath to combat lung cancer

A single breath to combat lung cancer

Breathe in deeply, and then out again! That’s how simple a test for lung cancer might soon be. Researchers from Bad Nauheim have developed a new early detection method that analyses the air we exhale. More A single breath to combat lung cancer

UPCOMING EVENTS

Meet the "Research in Germany"-Team at the 6th EUROBIOTECH Congress, Krakow (Poland)

Meet the "Research in Germany"-Team at the 6th EUROBIOTECH Congress, Krakow (Poland)

Interested in doing a PhD or Post-Doc in Germany?
Looking for an appropriate programme and funding opportunities? Ready to take the next step in your career? More Meet the "Research in Germany"-Team at the 6th EUROBIOTECH Congress, Krakow (Poland)

Idealist Grad Fair in New York on 19 September 2017

Idealist Grad Fair in New York on 19 September 2017

Join the "Research in Germany"- Team on 19 September 2017 from 5-8 pm at the Idealist Grad Fair in New York (Venue: Metropolitan Pavilion 125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011). More Idealist Grad Fair in New York on 19 September 2017

Romanian-Serbian Research Networking Tour 2017

Romanian-Serbian Research Networking Tour 2017

Research in Germany invites Romanian and Serbian universities and research institutions interested in strengthening their ties with German universities and research institutions to participate in the Romanian-Serbian Research Networking Tour 2017. More Romanian-Serbian Research Networking Tour 2017

Smart Cities Asia 2017

Smart Cities Asia 2017

3rd Smart Cities Asia 2017 is a conference dedicated to creating a smart city through sound urban design and innovate technology. More Smart Cities Asia 2017

Smart Cities Week

Smart Cities Week

Following the motto “Shape your city´s future“, Smart Cities Week is North America’s “must-attend” conference on smart cites, showcasing the latest technology, attracting international experts, hundreds of mayors, CIOs and other city decision makers. More Smart Cities Week

"Research in Germany" at the Naturejobs Career Expo

"Research in Germany" at the Naturejobs Career Expo

Are you ready to take the next step in your scientific career? Meet our delegation of more than 15 German universities and research and funding organisations. More "Research in Germany" at the Naturejobs Career Expo