Faces of Research

Broadening Horizons

#1 Broadening Horizons

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“I have benefited tremendously from working in Munich as a researcher. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) provides a stimulating intellectual environment, where I have been able to exchange ideas both with German scholars and scholars from abroad. Getting to know a different academic culture has definitively broadened my horizon as a scholar.”
–– Dr. Heléna Tóth, from Hungary, is working on a book project on the history of secular rites of passage in East Germany and Hungary as a postdoctoral research fellow at LMU in Munich.

From Student to Professor

#2 From Student to Professor

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“After completing part of my chemistry degree in the bilingual master’s program at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, I was appointed as a Junior Professor here in 2010 and am now teaching in the international master’s program. The FU’s openness in welcoming talented international faculty and students, for which I am personally grateful, plays an important role in the university's success.”
–– Cairo-born scientist Dr. Emad Flear Aziz is a physics professor at FU Berlin and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, specializing in research on functional materials.

Taking the Long-Term Approach

#3 Taking the Long-Term Approach

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"Germany, in general, focuses on long-term outcomes: this is crucial for basic research, which is well supported by various funding organizations. Another advantage is that there are excellent opportunities for building bridges between basic and applied research, thanks as well to industry's support of research in this country. Long may all this continue!"
–– Dr. Jonathan Harrington, originally from the UK, is Professor of Phonetics and Speech Processing at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

A Chance for Growth

#4 A Chance for Growth

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“I feel I have much greater institutional support here than I would have had as a faculty member in the US. Being here has given me the chance to expand my research in exciting and unexpected directions and has provided opportunities for collaboration and interaction that are harder to come by elsewhere.”
–– Dr. Ahmed E. Ismael studies molecular simulations of interfaces and reactions as a Junior Professor of mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University.

National-Level Research Support

#5 National-Level Research Support

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"Through support for research and discovery, the German government has created an environment where world-class institutes, foundations, university departments, and think tanks thrive. In this setting, DAAD’s reputation made it possible for me to establish contact with anyone I needed to carry out my research successfully."
–– Dr. Bernhard T. Streitwieser, a Senior Research Associate from Northwestern University in the US, was a visiting professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

International Mobility

#6 International Mobility

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“Berlin is a vibrant hub for archaeologists working over varied geographical and chronological ranges. I have taken M.A. students into the field to a DAAD-funded field school in the Nile Delta and have had the freedom to develop theories and methodologies within Egyptian archaeology and teach them to a highly motivated group of students.”
–– Dr. Joanne M. Rowland is a Junior Professor in Egyptian Archaeology at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on prehistoric and early historic periods in Egypt, with particular focus on the Nile Delta.

New Perspectives

#7 New Perspectives

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"Aside from living in a different nation and gaining positive perspective on world politics, through my work in Germany my views as a scientific researcher have changed to focus on building things from the ground up and to value high-investment, high-reward areas of research that often take many years to produce concrete benefits for society.”
–– John Gordon Eley studied ion radiotherapy for cancer patients at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt as part of his PhD research work. He is now Assistant Professor at The University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Opportunities for Dialogue

#8 Opportunities for Dialogue

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“Working in Germany gives me a valuable opportunity to think about the balance of breadth and specialization in science and science education. German education favors specialization… but I also see the strength of the liberal arts approach. The intense discussion here on the balance of career preparation and personal development mirror those at my home institution.”
–– Dr. Madeleine Msall, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bowdoin College in the US, pursued a short-term research project at Universität Leipzig. Her research focusses on thermal and acoustic transport in crystalline materials.