Issue 81, December 2016
bullet Upcoming Events 2017
bullet The GCRI Website and Blog

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

We would like to use this opportunity to thank you for your interest in and support of GCRI's work. In this newsletter we will highlight some of our events from 2016 which further enhanced the visibility of the German research and innovation landscapes and led to exciting new collaborative projects. We invite you to learn more about our activities on our website,, which includes event videos, podcasts, photo galleries, interviews, as well as information about technology parks in Germany. In 2017 we will introduce new features to our website and provide updates on job postings, news, and funding opportunities. For additional information, join us on Twitter @GCRI_NY.

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season,

Joann, Edwin, Julia, and Cathrin
Image: © Nathalie Schueller  

GCRI hosted a variety of panel discussions, lectures, and workshops in 2016. For a comprehensive overview of all the events and speakers, visit the Past Events section of the GCRI website. Some of the 2016 highlights included:
  • 1/28: Alberta-Germany e-Health Symposium
  • 2/17: Rethinking Trauma as a Global Challenge
  • 2/23: The International Criminal Court and the Crime of Aggression
  • 3/7: Big Data - Small Devices
  • 3/10: EU-USA Research Collaboration and Funding Opportunities in Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
  • 3/15: Financial Decision-Making and Aging: Perspectives from Neuroscience
  • 4/9: International Perspectives on School Governance at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association
  • 5/10: Leibniz Lecture: Liver Diseases - A Global Health Challenge of the 21st Century
  • 6/2: Urban Energy Systems - Challenges and Solutions for Zero Carbon Cities
  • 8/30: Falling Walls Lab New York
  • 9/7: The Excellence Initiative as an Instrument to Further University-Industry Collaboration
  • 9/14: Leibniz Lecture: Photonic Technologies in Human-Machine-Interaction
  • 9/21: Robotics in Air and Space
  • 10/6: Digital Health: A Catalyst for Behavioral Change
  • 10/10: Smart Data and Digital Health
  • 10/21: Additive Manufacturing: New Horizons in Research and Industry
  • 10/24: Negotiating Security in Europe and the United States
  • 10/26: Energy Democracy - Germany's Energiewende
  • 11/2: FOCUS: Smart Grid 2016
  • 11/17: Booming Populism - On the Practice and Language of Political Polarization
  • 12/5: Learning to Learn - How the Brain Creates Memory
  • 12/6: BIO City in Leipzig - The Future of Biotechnological Innovation in Germany
Image: © Karen L. Phillips   


We will start the new year with exciting events, including a panel discussion on "The Shifting Paradigm of Data Security: Intelligence and Big Data" and an information session on "EU - USA Research Collaboration and Funding Opportunities in Horizon 2020, The European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation." In 2017, our areas of focus will be: 
  • Mental Health
  • Cyber Security
  • Social Innovation
  • Biotechnology
Additional event topics will include: 
  • Ethics and Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The Future of Legal Technologies
  • Nanoscience
From February 25-26, 2016, the GCRI team will participate in the European Career Fair at MIT, which will take place in Cambridge, MA. Please visit our booth and say hello!

We invite you to visit our Events page for details on upcoming events. If you would like to receive event invitations, send an email to We look forward to seeing you in 2017!
Since the launch of the GCRI website in 2011, we have continued to add new features to showcase Germany as a land of ideas and a destination for research, work, study, and business.

In January, 2017, the GCRI will add a blog to its website! The blog will include interviews with thought leaders, information about events, cutting-edge technologies, startups, scientific discoveries, and more. It will be accessible from the GCRI homepage. If you have any suggestions for GCRI's new blog topics, please email them to Edwin Linderkamp, the GCRI Communications Officer at

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. 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 Learning to Learn - How the Brain Creates Memory with Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan. For those who prefer to listen to past GCRI discussions and presentations, our Podcasts page allows you to download recordings and listen to them right away.

Visit our Newsletter page, which contains all of our past E-NNOVATION Germany issues, with topics such as mental health, entrepreneurship, nutrition, artificial intelligence, and the aging brain. On the Interviews page, we present interviews with Germany's leading experts.

Our next monthly E-NNOVATION GERMANY newsletter, to be published in January 2017, will focus on cyber security and many of our January tweets will address this critically important topic as well. We invite you to join the discussion @GCRI_NY