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Issue 21, December 2011
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bulletGCRI Website
bullet2011 Event Highlights
bulletComing Up in 2012

article1Happy Holidays!
The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) Team wishes all of the E-NNOVATION GERMANY readers happy holidays and all the best for the coming year!
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our work and our events. Since our opening in 2010, we have been able to facilitate a number of joint ventures in academia and industry between Germany, the U.S. and Canada. Many of these partnerships were a result of discussions initiated during events organized by GCRI and its partners. We invite you to visit our website for event updates, summaries, job postings, as well as news and information on Germany's dynamic research and innovation landscapes. For additional up-to-date information, or to join our online conversation, follow us on Twitter @GCRI_NY.

Happy Holidays - Joann, Andrea, Stephanie, and Cordula 

GCRI homepage
article2GCRI Website
The GCRI's website, www.germaninnovation.org, which was launched on February 28, 2011, serves as an information platform for individuals who are interested in German research and innovation. The site is especially useful for those who wish to study, conduct research, or do business in Germany.
Germaninnovation.org features a wealth of programs, funding opportunities, and first points of contact, in addition to presenting Germany as a land of ideas where education and science play a central role. Information on German research and funding organizations, job opportunities, as well as the German higher education system is also provided.
The technology parks, innovation centers and forward-thinking institutions listed on the Technology Parks and Centers of Innovation in Germany pages provide information and support in a variety of areas, including innovation management and business planning, technology transfer and commercialization of patents, innovation marketing, and technology assessment. Located in all 16 German states, these institutions and portals represent core strengths and services of Germany's growing innovation landscape, which is characterized by a strong network of institutes, universities, clusters, enterprises, and scientists.

Eric Kandel presenting at
article32011 Event Highlights
This year, GCRI hosted 26 events. To view a comprehensive list of all the events and speakers as well as our photo gallery, visit the Past Events section of the GCRI website. Some of the 2011 highlights included:
  • 3/31: Tuberculosis: A Neglected Pandemic
  • 4/13: Nanovation and NanoArt New York
  • 5/9: Science for Sustainable Societal Transformations: Towards Effective Governance
  • 6/28: Data, Discourse, Dispute: Scientific Experts and the Public in the U.S. and Germany
  • 9/1: GAIN Transatlantic Entrepreneurs Network Silicon Valley Field Trip
  • 9/13: Better Living Through Science: Biotech, Food and the Future
  • 10/13: The Aging Brain - To view the video, click here 
  • 10/18: Boosting Competitiveness by Connecting Science and Industry - Insights from Germany's Innovation Model
  • 10/20: ESSPRITS 2011 - Joint-German Canadian Workshop on Embedded Systems, Signal Processing, and IT Security
  • 11/1: Focus: Smart Grid
  • 11/12: Neuroscience and the Humanities
  • 11/17: Spatial Cognition for Architectural Design

GCRI full auditorium
article4Coming Up in 2012
Visual Technologies and neurodegenerative diseases will be the focus of our first 2012 event. Featuring neurobiologist David Fitzpatrick, the Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of the Max Planck Florida Institute, the event will take place on January 31, 2012, at the German House New York.
From January 21 to 22, 2012, the GCRI Team will be at the European Career Fair at MIT. If you are also in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, January 21, please make sure to stop by our booth to say hello! GCRI Director Dr. Joann Halpern will speak about strategic networking at a Research in Germany information session at the Hyatt Regency the following day. For more information or to register, please click here.
In 2012, we will cover a variety of topics, including: sustainability, e-mobility, the smart grid, medical technologies, applied mathematics, universities as drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship, the future of the manufacturing sector, translational medicine, and logistics/city planning.
Visit the At the GCRI section on our website for event information and updates.