Videos: Researcher Stories

From China to Chile, from Japan to the United States, Germany has an outstanding international reputation in research. For this reason, many researchers come to Germany. The 'Brilliant Minds' video series by the Deutsche Welle introduces young researchers from all over the world who have chosen to live and work in Germany.

Video Portrait: Trevor McIntyre (South Africa)

Video Portrait: Trevor McIntyre (South Africa)

33-year old zoologist Trevor McIntyre has a scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven More Video Portrait: Trevor McIntyre (South Africa)

Video Portrait: Sarah Benhaiem (France)

Video Portrait: Sarah Benhaiem (France)

The behavioral scientist Sarah Benhaiem, 28, from France works at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wild Animal Research in Berlin, where she investigates the social behavior of hyenas More Video Portrait: Sarah Benhaiem (France)

Video Portrait: Patricia Schady (England)

Video Portrait: Patricia Schady (England)

British scientist Patricia Schady works at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching. Her specialist area is gamma ray bursts. They mark the death of a star and the creation of a black hole More Video Portrait: Patricia Schady (England)

Video Portrait: Jingnan Guo (China)

Video Portrait: Jingnan Guo (China)

Even when she was a child, Jingnan Guo was fascinated by space. Today the 28-year-old astrophysicist from China heads a research team at the German University of Kiel More Video Portrait: Jingnan Guo (China)

Video Portrait: Claire Reymond (Australia)

Video Portrait: Claire Reymond (Australia)

Her workplace is most people's idea of a vacation paradise: the beaches of the Bahamas or the Galapagos Islands. Claire Reymond investigates the sand on the sea floor for the remains of microorganisms More Video Portrait: Claire Reymond (Australia)

Video Portrait: Rachael McDermott (USA)

Video Portrait: Rachael McDermott (USA)

Rachael McDermott is from the US. She is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching. More Video Portrait: Rachael McDermott (USA)

Video Portrait: Anuj Parikh (Canada)

Video Portrait: Anuj Parikh (Canada)

Anuj Parikh is 30-years-old and comes from Canada. He is researching how chemical elements came into existence. More Video Portrait: Anuj Parikh (Canada)

Video Portrait: Damaris Odeny (Kenya)

Video Portrait: Damaris Odeny (Kenya)

Damaris Odeny is a plant biologist. She is working at Cologne's Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. More Video Portrait: Damaris Odeny (Kenya)

Video Portrait: Daniele Oriti (Italy)

Video Portrait: Daniele Oriti (Italy)

Daniele Oriti works at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam. The 33 year old physicist and his research team are seeking to gain new insights into the early universe. More Video Portrait: Daniele Oriti (Italy)

Video Portrait: Emad Aziz Bekhit (Egypt)

Video Portrait: Emad Aziz Bekhit (Egypt)

Emad Aziz Bekhit comes from Egypt. Ten years ago he came to Germany for the first time. Today, the 30-year-old is working successfully at the Adlershof Science and Technology Park in Berlin. More Video Portrait: Emad Aziz Bekhit (Egypt)

Video Portrait: Dr. Florin Popescu (USA)

Video Portrait: Dr. Florin Popescu (USA)

Dr. Florin Popescu comes from the USA. As an engineer and brain researcher, he is working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Architecture and Software Technology FIRST in Berlin. More Video Portrait: Dr. Florin Popescu (USA)

Video Portrait: Hugues Lantuit (France)

Video Portrait: Hugues Lantuit (France)

When Hugues Lantuit wants to make an impression, the charming Frenchman enjoys presenting himself as a polar researcher. He says he enjoys the admiring looks he gets. More Video Portrait: Hugues Lantuit (France)

Video Portrait: Dr. Jiri Firml (Czech Republic)

Video Portrait: Dr. Jiri Firml (Czech Republic)

Dr. Jiri Firml is a biologist and chemist has headed a group of young researchers at the Center for Molecular Biology of Plants at the University of Tübingen. More Video Portrait: Dr. Jiri Firml (Czech Republic)

Video Portrait: Dr. Marko Kralj (Croatia)

Video Portrait: Dr. Marko Kralj (Croatia)

Dr. Marko Kralj comes from Croatia and is a surface physicist. As a Humboldt scholar, he's doing research at the Institute Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at Bonn University. More Video Portrait: Dr. Marko Kralj (Croatia)

Video Portrait: Mikko Myrskylä (Finland)

Video Portrait: Mikko Myrskylä (Finland)

Mikko Myrskylä from Finland works at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. More Video Portrait: Mikko Myrskylä (Finland)

Video Portrait: Mirka Uhlirova (Czech Republic)

Video Portrait: Mirka Uhlirova (Czech Republic)

Mirka Uhlirova heads her own research group at the University of Cologne's Institute for Genetics. More Video Portrait: Mirka Uhlirova (Czech Republic)

Video Portrait: Dr. Krishnaraj Rajalingam (India)

Video Portrait: Dr. Krishnaraj Rajalingam (India)

Dr. Krishnaraj Rajalingam was born in India. He studied Biology and is now working at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. More Video Portrait: Dr. Krishnaraj Rajalingam (India)

Video Portrait: Sergio Amancio (Brazil)

Video Portrait: Sergio Amancio (Brazil)

Sergio Amancio is researching secure methods of connecting materials. That is of great importance, especially in aviation. More Video Portrait: Sergio Amancio (Brazil)

Video Portrait: Dr. Tricia Striano (USA)

Video Portrait: Dr. Tricia Striano (USA)

Dr. Tricia Striano was born in the United States. She studied Psychology, and since 2000, she is living in Germany. In 2004 she received the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. More Video Portrait: Dr. Tricia Striano (USA)

Video Portrait: Dr. Yamirka Rojas-Agramonte (Cuba)

Video Portrait: Dr. Yamirka Rojas-Agramonte (Cuba)

Dr. Yamirka Rojas-Agramonte is a geologist from Cuba and is carrying out research at the University of Mainz. More Video Portrait: Dr. Yamirka Rojas-Agramonte (Cuba)

Video Portrait: Dr. Zachi Karni (Israel)

Video Portrait: Dr. Zachi Karni (Israel)

Dr. Zachi Karni works in the computer graphics department at Saarbrücken's Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik. He is doing research about a better three-dimensional presentation of computer generated graphics. More Video Portrait: Dr. Zachi Karni (Israel)

Video Portrait: Dr. Ionela Vrejoiu (Romania)

Video Portrait: Dr. Ionela Vrejoiu (Romania)

Dr. Ionela Vrejoiu is looking for new materials that might be suitable for constructing memory chips for computers. More Video Portrait: Dr. Ionela Vrejoiu (Romania)