Newsletter: February 2017

When did you last share something? Even if you now have to think back a little, you are bound to have lent someone a tool, a bike or a car at some point – and therefore shared it with others. The culture of sharing is becoming increasingly popular in many countries around the world. What began as a trend in the IT industry has now evolved to become a new sector in its own right, the “sharing economy”. How might this sector develop in the future? Are there any moral limits to sharing? Who does the trend benefit most – us or the economy? Many researchers in Germany are looking into questions such as these. In this edition we present a number of exciting ideas and projects. You can also read why an Argentinian biotechnologist sees Germany as a particularly good place to conduct her research, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month.

IN FOCUS: The sharing economy

Sharing, not owning

Sharing, not owning

No doubt you have also lent something to someone at some point in your life – perhaps you let your neighbour borrow a drill or lent your bicycle to a friend. All over the world, sharing is in vogue. But is this really a new phenomenon? And when is sharing more about commerce than sustainability? Many researchers in Germany are taking a closer look at the sharing economy. More Sharing, not owning

Fab Lab – a playground for researchers

Fab Lab – a playground for researchers

For many researchers, “quickly building a prototype” is far from straightforward. Often they lack the right equipment and expertise. Knowledge and technologies are shared at the Fab Lab Berlin, allowing any researcher to become a “maker”. More Fab Lab – a playground for researchers

CAREER & FUNDING

Research opportunities for international biotechnologists

Research opportunities for international biotechnologists

Proteins are the focus of the research pursued by Dr Verónica Dumit. An Argentinian researcher, she heads her own working group at the University of Freiburg. In our interview, she told us what fascinates her about her scientific work, and why she conducts her research in Germany. More Research opportunities for international biotechnologists

Current Calls

Doctoral scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation

Doctoral scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation

The German Academic Scholarship Foundation awards doctoral scholarships. Applications can be submitted at any time. More Doctoral scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation

Doctoral scholarships from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Doctoral scholarships from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom supports international doctoral students in all disciplines. The next closing date for applications is 30 April 2017. More Doctoral scholarships from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Anneliese Maier Research Award

Anneliese Maier Research Award

Through its Anneliese Maier Research Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation honours international academics in the humanities and social sciences. The closing date for nominations is 30 April 2017. More Anneliese Maier Research Award

NUMBER OF THE MONTH

700 books in the ice

700 books in the ice

Perhaps you’re thinking that’s rather a lot to read? But someone who spends all day working in the Antarctic looks forward to settling down with a good book in the evening. And that is precisely what researchers at Neumayer Station III find in their “library in the ice”. More 700 books in the ice

UPCOMING EVENT

“Research in Germany” at the MIT European Career Fair 2017

“Research in Germany” at the MIT European Career Fair 2017

Are you ready to take the next step in your scientific career? Meet our delegation of more than 30 German universities and research institutions at the European Career Fair, February 25 to 27 in Cambridge, USA. More “Research in Germany” at the MIT European Career Fair 2017