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GCRI Opening

2/19/2010 | German House New York

Opening of the German Center for Research and Innovation

The German Center for Research and Innovation reflects the diversity and excellence of the German research landscape.

“It also enables German institutions that are involved in research and development to present a united front in North America,” said the Federal Research Minister at the opening ceremony in New York.

As a cornerstone of the German government’s initiative to internationalize science and research, “it will play a key role in implementing the strategic partnership between our two countries,” Schavan said.

Representing the Federal Foreign Office, Ambassador Scharioth referred to Germany’s excellent reputation in the U.S. and how the establishment of the GCRI will facilitate collaboration between German and North American researchers, scientists, and business leaders.

Bringing together great minds and outstanding talents from academia and industry, the DFG-President, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner, said that the “GCRI will establish a top-notch sustainable transatlantic innovation dialogue.” Together with the DAAD, the DFG has been entrusted by the German government to develop, accompany, and lead the GCRI New York. Prof. Max Huber, Vice President of the DAAD, added that the GCRI will focus on existing synergies, local expertise, and infrastructures. Its attractive location for both science and industry, and the presence of numerous German partners, make New York an ideal location for the GCRI.

The 2001 Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle gave the keynote speech. Currently MIT’s John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics, the Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, and the Director of the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms, the German scientist clearly and enthusiastically articulated how new forms of matter can be created near absolute zero temperature. Ketterle’s passion for this subject and his pivotal role in further developing this field of research were evident throughout his talk.

In an engaging and thought-provoking speech, Madeleine Jacobs, the Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society, discussed the significance of transatlantic collaboration in enhancing the quality of innovation, while offering her perspective on joint initiatives that can be developed in the future.

The German Center for Research and Innovation New York is one of five German centers worldwide to be established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Foreign Office. The other centers are located in Moscow, New Delhi, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo.

The opening was held at the German House New York in Midtown Manhattan, which houses the GCRI, the German Consulate General, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the representations of 27 German universities.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Prof. Dr. Max Huber

      Vice President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

    • Madeleine Jacobs

      Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

    • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle

      Nobel Prize Laureate and Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner

      President of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

    • Dr. Klaus Scharioth

      German Ambassador to the United States