German-American frontiers of science symposia program
The purpose of this program is to bring together outstanding young scholars and scientists from all disciplines within the natural sciences from Germany and the United States.
The symposia challenge them to rethink the boundaries of their disciplines. Together, they strive to reach new frontiers of understanding as they discuss recent advances, cutting edge research and budding opportunities.
At the same time, the symposia serve to establish and strengthen ties among future leaders of partnering countries. The are intended to stimulate new discussions across disciplines, encourage the exchange of knowledge, and offer participants a start to a productive long-term cooperation with other young scientists in different fields. Collaborations between the participants are supported by follow-up programs offered by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (AvH) and its American partners.
Foto: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
Since 1995, the AvH and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have been collaborators in organizing the German-American Frontiers of Science Symposia. The Frontiers of Research Program was successful right from the beginning and continued to grow. Today, symposia are organized with partners in Japan, China, India, Brazil, Israel, Turkey and the United Kingdom. In order to offer the participants even more possibilities for collaboration the NAS, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the AvH decided to organize a tri-national Japanese-American-German Frontier of Science Symposium in Germany in 2017.
The trilateral symposium with about 90 participants (30 from Japan, 30 from the United States and 30 from Germany) took place in Bad Neuenahr. In a competitive selection process, one fellow from the Joachim Herz Foundation Add-on Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Science program in systems biology was also invited to participate in the trilateral symposium. Funding on the German side was provided by the Joachim Herz Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
For more information: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/trilateral-jagfos-2017.html
In September 2019, the upcoming tri-national symposium will be held in Kyoto/Japan. In the future, annual symposia are planned for 2020 in the US and 2021 in Germany.