Visiting international researchers
Reception in the old city hall
(14.11.17) Around 200 scientists from around the globe who are currently guesting at educational and research institutions in Munich responded to an invitation to the old city hall on Monday, November 13, 2017.
This was the fourth time that the City of Munich has held a reception for international researchers in temporary residence here. After a brief welcome address by Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid, Professor Merith Niehuss, President of the Bundeswehr University Munich, addressed the gathering.
Discussing the international flavor of the University of the Armed Forces, Ms. Niehuss noted how guest researchers at this, one of the smaller universities in Munich's outstanding and broad-based knowledge landscape are in particular helping to focus the topics addressed, thereby positioning it on an equal footing with elite universities and research establishments.
Praise for Munich's research landscape
American biochemist Professor Brenda Schulman, who works at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, then spoke about her reasons for coming to Munich. She explained that the mixture of the city's soft factors and the cosmopolitan population naturally played a part in her decision. What clinched the matter, however, were the quality and diversity of Munich's research organizations and the scientists who work here. According to Schulman, that is what lets researchers engage in new and innovative approaches to research in the context of all kinds of cooperative ventures.
Exactly how international Munich is as a knowledge hub was shown by the list of guests who are currently working at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, the LMU, the TUM, the University of the Armed Forces and assorted non-university research organizations such as the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (the Bavarian Academy of Science), the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Society, the German Research Center for Environmental Health and the DLR national aeronautics and space research center in Oberpfaffenhofen.
The university's “At Ease” Big Band provided a laid-back framework for the event. Intensive dialogue during the subsequent reception transcended the boundaries of discipline and culture, eliciting a positive echo from many of those in attendance.