KIT LINK

KIT LINK recognised for stimulating scientific exchanges between Germany and the US

Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek with Consul General Hans-Ulrich Südbeck and the co-hosts
Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek (3rd from the right) with Consul General Hans-Ulrich Südbeck (3rd from the left) and the co-hosts

The ‘Future of Work’ member KIT LINK has been recognised for fostering scientific exchanges and collaborations between Germany and the US at the 2020 New Year's Reception at the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco, USA.

On 23 February, the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco held their 2020 New Year's Reception, which was attended by Honorary Guest Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek to discuss the Bay Area innovation ecosystem with key actors from both countries.

The event was co-hosted by the ‘Future Of Work’ member KIT LINK from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), alongside the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, the Technical University Munich, the German Research Foundation, and the German Federal Foreign Office.

In her speech, German Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek expressed her appreciation of the thriving research and innovation alliances between the Bay Area and Germany.

Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek with KIT alumni
Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek (3rd from the right, front) with KIT alumni

Campaign member KIT LINK, a transatlantic research network specialised in innovations related to the future of work, has contributed a significant part to this important German-American bridge.

'We are here to nurture a transatlantic exchange of scientific knowledge, ideas and talents between Silicon Valley and Germany', says Esther Legant, Head of KIT LINK, about the network’s mission.

Since 2018, KIT LINK has already organised 5 top-level networking events, which were well-received in the scientific community, connecting a total of 850 scientists and innovation drivers so far.

A highlight was certainly the ‘Transatlantic Sync Conference’, which took place in October 2019 in Mountainview, USA, and welcomed participants from leading universities such as Stanford, Berkeley and Harvard in the US, as well as policy makers and business leaders from Germany and the US.

Indeed, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is particularly well-positioned in this area, being the oldest technical university in Germany, with an excellent reputation in innovative research and solutions for future societal challenges based on cloud services, robotics and artificial intelligence.