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Visiting Scientists Warmly Welcomed at Chemnitz University of Technology

Dinner with the President of the Chemnitz University of Technology and representatives from the university provided an opportunity to get to know each other and to discuss issues

"It is a great honor and special pleasure for me to welcome a large number of international guest researchers to our university, who are working with our colleagues on top-class international projects. I am particularly pleased that we have also been able to welcome refugee and at-risk researchers into the TUC family and offer them prospects here," said the President of Chemnitz University of Technology, Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, at an evening networking event on July 13, 2022. On the initiative of the university management, the International Office (IUZ) of Chemnitz University of Technology invited international and refugee researchers to the courtyard of the Böttcher Building of Chemnitz University of Technology. The event was aimed in particular at researchers in the Visiting Scholar Program of Chemnitz University of Technology, researchers sponsored as part of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and refugee Ukrainian researchers. The aim was to get in touch and talk to each other across national, cultural and subject boundaries. "The barbecue evening showed in particular how intensively the scientists of Chemnitz University of Technology are committed to their international colleagues in difficult situations. Through their commitment to international cooperation across a wide range of countries of origin and disciplines, they help shape our colorful and diverse international campus," says Dr. Benny Liebold, Managing Director of the IUZ, looking back with satisfaction on the successful evening.

Together with the president of the university and representatives from the university, the guests exchanged views on scientific and non-scientific topics during the course of the evening. A wide selection of grilled food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere provided the appropriate setting.

Background: Visiting Scholar Program and Philipp Schwartz Initiative

With the Visiting Scholar Program, Chemnitz University of Technology promotes research partnerships that are established and can look back on joint successes. The program is aimed at tandems of Chemnitz professors and international guests who have already worked together, for example on projects or publications. Visiting Scholars can conduct research at Chemnitz University of Technology for a period of three to six months.

Further info: www.tu-chemnitz.de/visitingscholar

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Philipp Schwartz Initiative gives universities and research institutions in Germany the opportunity to host at-risk researchers as part of a fellowship. The next round of applications has been announced for the end of July.

Further information: www.tu-chemnitz.de/international/vernetzung/psi/index.php.

(Authors: Franz Pietsch and Stephanie Höber / Translation: Brent Benofsky)

Matthias Fejes

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