Issue 9, December 2010
bulletHappy Holidays
bulletGCRI Visitors and Speakers
bullet2010 Event Highlights
bulletComing Up in 2011

TopHappy Holidays 
The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) wishes all of its E-NNOVATION GERMANY readers happy holidays and all the best for the new year!
The GCRI-team would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our work and our events. We enjoy bringing the German research and innovation landscape closer to you and hope you find our topics just as interesting and inspiring as we do. With this newsletter, we want to share our 2010 highlights and offer a preview of 2011.
Happy Holidays from Joann, Andrea, Stephanie, and Julia

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Dignitaries at the GCRI opening

segment2GCRI Visitors and Speakers
Since our opening on February 19, 2010, the GCRI has hosted numerous events that covered a variety of topics. Some of the highlights with links to event summaries are listed below. The GCRI participated in ten conferences and welcomed many high ranking visitors and speakers, including two Nobel Prize laureates.

Among the dignitaries who visited were Germany's Federal Minister of Research and Education, Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan and the German Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Klaus Scharioth, both of whom spoke at the opening. Additional visitors included the Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Cornelia Pieper; the chairwoman of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Parliament, Ulla Burchardt, and her colleague Kai Gehring as well as German Parliament member Thomas Oppermann; several presidents of German and U.S. universities, including Amy Gutmann (University of Pennsylvania) and Jürgen Fohrmann (Universität Bonn).

Throughout 2010, the GCRI events featured top researchers and scientists in their fields, including Nobel Prize Laureates Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle and Dr. Bert Sakmann; Prof. Jürgen M. Meisel; Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Weltmann; Sigrid Weigel and Leibniz Prize recipient Hannah Monyer, to name a few. 

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GCRI 2010 event

segment32010 Event Highlights   
In 2010, GCRI hosted 15 events. To view a complete listing of all events and speakers, please click here. Highlights included
  • 2/19: GCRI Opening
  • 4/20: Harnessing the Power of Life Sciences to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals
  • 5/5: How Effective is the Current Patent System for Global Technological Innovation?
  • 6/3: The Bilingual Brain
  • 8/26: Building Your International Career
  • 9/29: Escape to Life: German Intellectuals in New York
  • 10/26: Transatlantic Perspectives on Emerging Technology Management
  • 11/3: Mapping the Brain: Unlocking the Cerebral Cortex
  • 11/10: Sustainable Cities and Urban Development
  • 11/18: Focus: Smart Grid
  • 11/20: Yes, You Can... Advance Your Career with a European Grant, and Leibniz Lecture by Hannah Monyer
  • 12/8: Plasma Medicine: Scientific Challenges and Technological Opportunities

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segment4Coming Up in 2011
Our first event of the new year, on January 13, will be "Navigating a Technicolor World: What the Fly's Visual System Tells Us about Visually-Guided Behavior." The speakers will be Prof. Axel Borst, Director of Department of Systems and Computational Neurobiology at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, and Prof. Claude Desplan, Professor of Biology, New York University. Using information obtained from studies of the fly visual system, Prof. Borst has been able to develop a flying robot whose flight trajectory is controlled by visual stimuli. The fly brain represents a manageable system to model the basics of neural information processing, similar to that of vertebrates, including humans. Prof. Borst and Prof. Desplan will describe how their studies, using electrical and optical recording, molecular and genetic approaches, identify and manipulate neurons involved in response to visual stimulation. These studies provide essential information about the neural networks involved in brightness discrimination and color vision. To register, please click here.

Additional areas that will be covered in 2011 include: climate and energy; health and nutrition; mobility; communication; security; and key technologies, such as bio- and nanotechnologies. Future events will be listed on the GCRI website, which will be launched in early 2011.

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