Issue 45, December 2013
bulletHappy Holidays!
bulletGCRI Website
bullet2013 Event Highlights
bulletComing Up in 2014

Happy Holidays!

The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) Team wishes all of our E-NNOVATION GERMANY readers happy holidays and a healthy and successful new year!

With this newsletter, we would like to take the opportunity to express our appreciation for your interest in our work and our events. Since our opening in 2010, we have been able to enhance the visibility of the German research and innovation landscapes, leading to new collaborative projects and investments in German technology. Many of these partnerships were initiated during events organized by GCRI and our partners. We invite you to visit our website,, for event videos, podcasts, summaries and updates, as well as job postings, news, and funding opportunities. For additional up-to-date information, or to engage in our online conversation, join us on Twitter @GCRI_NY.

Happy Holidays!
Joann, Jennifer, Katharina, and Cornelia



Since the launch of the GCRI website,, in 2011, we have added new features to showcase Germany as a land of ideas and a destination for research, work, study, and business. Germany is one of the most popular destinations in the world for international students and researchers, and offers a wealth of funding for such pursuits. The GCRI website provides an in-depth overview of funding organizations, databases, and programs. Under Funding & Resources,  we have organized funding programs into five different categories: Undergraduates, Graduates & Doctoral Students, Postdocs, Faculty & Researchers, and Business & Industry. Our Entrepreneurship Funding page outlines resources at the federal and state levels, representing Germany, a land of know-how and innovation, as a strong economic hub in the global market. Interested in pursuing a Doctorate in Germany? Visit Ph.D. in Germany for more information on individual vs. structured doctoral programs, requirements, and financing opportunities. 


Our Videos page features video recordings of our past events, such as From University Innovation to the Marketplace with Prof. Dietmar Harhoff or The Future of Contact Sports: Sports-related Head Injuries and Their Effect on Memory with Dr. Inga Koerte. For those who prefer to listen to past GCRI discussions and presentations, we also offer a Podcasts page, which allows you to download the recording or listen to it right away. Visit our Newsletters page which contains all of our past E-NNOVATION GERMANY issues. On the Interviews page, we present E-NNOVATION GERMANY interviews with Germany's leading experts.  




GCRI hosted 29 events in 2013. To view a comprehensive list of all the events and speakers as well as our Photo Gallery and event Videos, visit the Past Events section of the GCRI website. Some of the 2013 highlights included:


  • 3/27: Climate-proofing Cities
  • 4/17: The Tech Campus: A Catalyst for Innovation & Regional Development
  • 5/10: Healthcare Innovation World Cup Finals
  • 6/3: The Future of Contact Sports: Sports-related Head Injuries & Their Effect on Memory
  • 6/17: The Neuroscience of Gender
  • 6/25: From University Innovation to the Marketplace
  • 6/27: The Many Faces of Big Data
  • 9/10: Translating Cancer Gene Discovery to the Clinic
  • 10/8: FOCUS: Logistics: Current Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges
  • 10/10: The European Financial Crisis & the Future of the European Union
  • 10/16: Strategies for Recruitment, Retention, & Mentoring of Women in STEM: U.S.-German Perspectives
  • 11/7: Moving the World by Thought: Dimensions and Perspectives of Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • 11/21: FOCUS: Smart Grid
  • 12/11: Engaging Women in STEM Education

The topic of the 2014 German Science Year is Die Digitale Gesellschaft ("The Digital Society"). Based on this topic, future newsletter themes will include cyber security, wearable technology, 3-D/4-D printing, and smart cities. Stay tuned for exciting upcoming events, including a panel discussion later this year on Bridging the Innovation Gap between Academia and Industry. The March 18, 2014 event will feature speakers Dr. J�rn Erselius, Managing Director of Max Planck Innovation, Dr. Barbara Dalton, Director of the Pfizer Ventures Investment team, and Dr. Kathleen A. Denis, Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer at The Rockefeller University.

In 2014, we will continue to cover a variety of topics, including:
  • Aging
  • Ethics of Big Data
  • Globalization of Research
  • Mental Health in Modern Society
  • Cyber Security
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Gene Patenting
  • Smart Grid

From January 31 to February 2, 2013, the GCRI Team will participate in the European Career Fair at MIT. If you are also in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, February 1, please make sure to stop by our booth to say hello!

As always, we invite you to visit the Events section on for event information and updates - or send an e-mail to to be added to our listserv. 

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