WWU participates in the first Postdoc Seminar for young researchers from Chile
Since 2018, WWU's Brazil Centre has been looking into expanding its scope to other South American countries by analyzing the interest of many of its members in the region and taking advantage of the strategic location of its liaison office in São Paulo. In this context, the representatives of the Brazil Centre, Anja Grecko Lorenz and Laura Redondo, participated for the first time in an event organized by the DAAD Information Centre in Santiago, Chile as part of the "Research in Germany" campaign. The information seminar was aimed at researchers in Chile who are interested in a postdoctoral stay in Germany and took place on 3 and 10 December. Its format was similar to the event organized for the Brazilian audience in November.
The first day was dedicated to the informative session. More than 130 participants watched the presentations by the German funding agencies DAAD, DFG and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as on European funding programmes, the latter given by the EURAXESS representative. Afterwards, in five-minute pitches, WWU, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Heidelberg University, Freie Universität Berlin and the Technical Universities of Berlin and Munich presented their outstanding research lines and institutes as well as their own funding programmes for a research stay.
Exactly one week later, bilateral virtual meetings were held with participants who wished to receive individualised advice. In 20-minute meetings, the participants asked questions ranging from departments and research groups in the universities and how to find and contact a potential host supervisor to the clarification of logistical issues such as housing and moving with spouses and children. In total, the event counted 170 individual consultations, of which the WWU held 15, with researchers from the most diverse areas, such as mathematics, psychology, theology, physiology and history, among others. The numbers and plurality of profiles reinforce the enormous interest of the Chilean scientific community in opportunities in Germany.