Issue 33, December 2012
bulletHappy Holidays
bulletGCRI Foundation
bulletGCRI Website Updates
bullet2012 Event Highlights
bulletComing Up in 2013

article1Happy 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, Andrea, Jennifer, and Gesa 

GCRI Foundation
article2GCRI Foundation

The GCRI Foundation was incorporated in 2012 and held its inaugural Board meeting on August 14th at the German House in New York City. The GCRI Foundation will support the mission and work of the German Center for Research and Innovation through activities to expand the Center's funding base and enhance the sustainability of GCRI's operations, including its public events, workshops, publications, website, and other relevant projects.

James Sharp, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss, Inc., was elected chairman. Dr. Wolfgang Renz, Corporate Vice President Böhringer Ingelheim, and O. Sinan Tumer, Senior Director SAP Co-Innovation Lab, SAP Research, Technology & Innovation Platform, will serve as co-presidents. Dr. Sebastian Fohrbeck, Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) North America, was named treasurer, and David W. Detjen, Partner at Alston & Bird LLP, the foundation's secretary. Other board members include Dr. Eva-Maria Streier, Director of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) New York office, and Dr. Joann Halpern, Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation.    

Screenshot GCRI website
article3GCRI Website Updates

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.

Earlier this year, we created a videos page, which features video recordings of our past events, such as Connectome with Sebastian Seung or Germany's Energy Transition with Prof. Miranda Schreurs. For those who prefer to listen to past GCRI discussions and presentations, we developed a podcasts page, which allows you to download the recording or listen to it right away. We also updated our newsletters page which contains all of our past E-NNOVATION GERMANY issues. On the interviews page, we present all E-NNOVATION GERMANY interviews.  

Most recently, we changed the layout and functionality of the popular Centers of Innovation in Germany page. The innovation centers and forward-thinking institutions listed on this page 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.

We are currently in the process of developing an overview of funding opportunities for entrepreneurship, which will be added to the Funding & Resources section in early 2013.

Connectome Event
article42012 Event Highlights

GCRI hosted 29 events in 2012. 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 2012 highlights included:
  • 1/31: Which Way Did It Go? New Insights into the Organization and Development of Brain Circuits that Compute Motion Direction
  • 2/29: Universities and Their Impact on the Economy and Society
  • 4/2: Das ist doch keine Kunst! Ten Images from Mathematics (Leibniz Lecture)
  • 4/3: Still in Good Shape? The Role of the Humanities in Higher Education and Society
  • 5/16: Manufacturing, Innovation, and Workforce Training: What Works in Germany and the United States for Jobs and Growth
  • 5/21: Germany's Energy Transition
  • 6/6: Connectome: Uniting People and Machines to Map the Mind
  • 9/5: Education vs. Training: Reflecting on the Purpose of University Education in the 21st Century
  • 10/17: Health Care Information Technology: Electronic Medical Records and Beyond
  • 10/25: Animal Globalism: Zoos, Slaughterhouses, and the City in the 19th Century
  • 11/7: Keeping Manufacturing Competitive: Industry-University Collaboration in Germany and the U.S.
  • 11/15: Smart Grid: The Future of Interactive Energy Consumption
  • 12/6: The Changing Role of the University in the 21st Century

article5Coming Up in 2013

The topic of the 2013 German Science Year is Die Demographische Chance ("The Demographic Opportunity"). Based on this topic, our January newsletter will focus on lifelong learning and feature an interview with Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Social Science Research Center Berlin WZB. Later in the year, we also plan to host a panel discussion on aging and society.

In 2013, we will continue to cover a variety of topics, including: logistics and smart urban planning, the impact of creativity on innovation and development, human-robot interaction, the tech campus and its impact on the regional economy, the neuroscience of gender, big data, entrepreneurship, translational medicine, and engaging girls in STEM education.  

From February 22-24, 2013, the GCRI Team will participate in the European Career Fair at MIT. If you are also in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, February 23, please make sure to stop by our booth to say hello!  

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