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2 | 2023 - Science diplomacy

Dr. Tim Flink
Issue 2 | 2023 Interview

“Science requires political support”

Political scientist and sociologist Dr Tim Flink conducts research on science diplomacy. Why realigning foreign science policy is so import­ant for international research cooperation in view of global challenges.

Issue 2 | 2023 In brief

Science diplomacy is. . .

Four quotes about the importance of science diplomacy.

Netzstruktur über Weltkarte
Issue 2 | 2023 Overview

Collaboration in a changed world

How the DAAD involves itself in foreign science policy – and why internationally networked research is now more important than ever.

Dr Jan Marco Müller
Issue 2 | 2023

“We must not be naive”

Dr Jan Marco Müller coordinates science diplomacy and multilateral relations at the European Commission. In our interview he reveals why it is crucial for the EU to have a joint strategy – and why science and technology have once again become pieces on the geopolitical chessboard.

Collage of wind turbines, butterflies, solar panels, high-rise buildings
Issue 2 | 2023 Engaging in exchange

Science diplomacy on an equal footing

The considerable potential that closer collaboration between science and diplomacy offers is particularly evident in view of global crises. Read about the import­ant role that the work of the German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH) plays in this context.

Glasinstallation „Grundgesetz 49“
Issue 2 | 2023 Engaging in exchange

Paths to freedom

Academic freedom is under pressure around the world. What can academic exchange achieve?

Collage with puzzle pieces and industrial plants
Issue 2 | 2023 In brief

Jointly addressing ­global challenges

The Berlin Center for Global Engagement of the Berlin ­University Alliance supports research and ­science ­management with a view to making global cooperation ­successful.

Issue 2 | 2023 Food for thought

Diplomacies in the plural

How much diplomatic power does science have? A guest article by Professor Maria Rentetzi

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Issue 2 | 2023 In action

Science diplomacy in international practice

Political responsibility and dialogue in challenging constellations: based on their current roles, four individuals with close connection to the DAAD ­offer insights into foreign ­science ­policy and science diplomacy in action.

Professor Judith Beyer, Nickey Diamond
Issue 2 | 2023 In dialogue

“It is impossible to remain neutral, even for ethical reasons”

Nickey Diamond from Myanmar is doing his PhD in Konstanz and is the first scholarship holder of the Hilde Domin Programme, which since 2021 has been supporting students and doctoral candidates who are at risk. Together with his professor Judith Beyer, he talks about political engagement and science, the value of the programme and the situation in Myanmar.

A water wheel in a courtyard at the German Jordanian University
Issue 2 | 2023 Keeping in touch

Bridge-building in the MENA region

How the Regional Office Amman contributes to science diplomacy.

Dr. Jan Lüdert
Issue 2 | 2023 Interview

“A best-practice model for cooperation”

What contribution can the German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH) make to science diplomacy? Dr Jan Lüdert, Head of Programs at the DWIH New York, talks about this in our interview.

Dr. Milica Popović
Issue 2 | 2023

“Project-based funding threatens academic freedom”

Dr Milica Popović researches the economics of academic freedom. In our interview she explains why she believes that not only governments but also the DAAD have a duty in this respect.

Issue 2 | 2023 Science diplomacy | LETTER

Science diplomacy

1 | 2023 - Language

Illustration of people with different hair and skin colours.
Issue 1 | 2023 In contact

Networking funding and research scholarships

Learn more about some of the DAAD’s wide range of funding opportunities for former scholarship holders.

View of Fujiama, pink blossoming cherry trees on the right and left.
Issue 1 | 2023 Keeping in touch

Aesthetics, modernism and an echo of a bygone era

The Japanese script combines elements of Chinese with Japanese innovation. Axel Karpenstein, Director of the DAAD Regional Office in Tokyo, explains why this symbol­ises both identity and change at the same time.

Alla Paslawska and Lilia Besugla.
Issue 1 | 2023 In dialogue

“I feel as if I have been robbed of my language”

What role does language policy play in Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine? A dialogue between Alla Paslavska from Lviv and Lilia Besugla from Kharkiv, Ukrainian Germanists, DAAD alumnae and university professors who are both currently working at German universities.

Dr Cornelia Loos delivers her lecture in sign language.
Issue 1 | 2023 In action

Adventures in linguistics

New findings relating to sign language, support for the indigenous population in Mexico and the discovery of an unresearched language in the South Seas: DAAD alumnae and alumni give insights into their research areas.

A woman holds up a speech bubble with the flag of Morocco.
Issue 1 | 2023

At home in two languages

Professor Naima Tahiri is studying how Moroccan migrants communicate and what influence the country in which they grow up has on their language.

Prof. Dr. Martina Schrader-Kniffki.
Issue 1 | 2023

“The new interpreting degree fills an important gap”

How professional interpreters of indigenous languages in Mexico are to strengthen the rights of the indigenous population.

Professor Péter Maitz with a group of people who speak Unserdeutsch.
Issue 1 | 2023

A sensational discovery

How Professor Péter Maitz is researching the creole language Unserdeutsch.

Illustrations of Grimm Prize winners in combination with buildings typical of their countries.
Issue 1 | 2023 In action

Language as a bridge between the past and present

With its Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize, the DAAD honours international researchers for outstanding work in the field of German studies. Four prize winners give insights into their current research.

lllustration of people on a street talking to each other.
Issue 1 | 2023 Food for thought

When multilingualism is the norm

Why linguistic diversity in societies should be embraced: a guest article by Professor Heike Wiese from Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.

A group of scholarship holders standing in front of a park.
Issue 1 | 2023 In brief

“Positive experiences”

For 40 years, the Language and Practical Experience in Japan programme has been training graduates to serve as bridge builders in bilateral relations.

Ruth Schimanowski stands between two giant dragon figures.
Issue 1 | 2023 In brief

Valuable knowledge

The DAAD’s Language and Practical Experience in China programme ­provides participants not only with language skills but also application-oriented competencies.

Dr. Heiko F. Marten.
Issue 1 | 2023 Engaging in exchange

Multilingualism is the goal

Until recently, Dr Heiko F. Marten ran the DAAD Information Centre in Riga. In our interview he talks about the importance of the German language in the Baltic states following the invasion of Ukraine and why it is important to protect minority languages.

Professsor Dr Gesine Lenore Schiewer sitting at a table, a bookshelf behind her.
Issue 1 | 2023 Engaging in exchange

German studies as a bridge to the world

German is widely spoken worldwide, and German studies is an international and transdisciplinary subject. Experts report on what they do to promote German around the world – and how Germany also profits from this.

Illustration with people of different origins, speech bubbles floating above them.
Issue 1 | 2023 Overview

Getting to know the world a bit better

Languages play an important role in the DAAD’s work. It is a question of promoting not only German, but also multilingualism. This approach is supported by various programmes and grants.

Illustration with the words 1 Augenweide, 2 ridubi, 3 Lies!, 4 nice, 5 looláankil, 6 Kusoma, 7 egal, 8 Wortkunst, 9 mamaput, 10 Konversation.
Issue 1 | 2023 In brief

Our favour­ite word

We asked this edition’s protagonists which words they like best – and why.

Volha Hapeyeva standing, in profile.
Issue 1 | 2023 Interview

“Language is my life”

She is one of the leading voices in contemporary Belarusian literature: the poems by Volha Hapeyeva, a poet, author and translator with a doctorate in linguistics who was born in Minsk, have been translated into more than 15 languages. She has been living in exile since 2020 and is currently a fellow of the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin program.

Three gestures in sign language making the word "beginning".
Issue 1 | 2023 Getting started

Starting at the beginning

Without exchange we couldn’t live in a ­community. It is language that enables us to ­communicate and interact with one another, ­language contains our cultural, historical and ecological knowledge, and language shapes our identity.

lllustration of people on a street talking to each other.
Issue 1 | 2023 Language | LETTER


2 | 2022 - Sustainable innovations

Lake Baringo
Issue 2 | 2022 Keeping in touch

Sustainability creates new opportunities

The urgency for and opportun­ities created by sustainable development are particularly visible in sub-Saharan Africa. Beate Schindler-Kovats, Director of the DAAD Regional Office Nairobi, talks about current goals and challenges.

Glacier Himalaya
Issue 2 | 2022 In dialogue

Collective knowledge for glacier research

When groups of researchers measure glaciers in the mountains of Sweden or the Himalayas, it is important for them to work as a team, including with local people. A dialogue between the Indian glacier expert Dr Shaktiman Singh from the University of Aberdeen and his former German intern Martha Schuchardt.

Issue 2 | 2022 In action

“And: Action!”

DAAD alumnus receives awards for two documentary films.

Dr. Brianne Altmann
Issue 2 | 2022 In action - In brief

The importance of the bison for North America

Bison play an important ecological and cultural role in North America.

Dr. José Jara
Issue 2 | 2022 In action - In brief

Green energy in the Amazon basin

Scattered throughout the rainforest, the villages of ­indigenous communities in the Amazon basin are difficult to access.

Tamara Reiter
Issue 2 | 2022 In action - In brief

Law and sustainability

Tamara Reiter has made environmental commitment her goal.

Professor Anna-Katharina Hornidge
Issue 2 | 2022 In action

The futurologist

Global megatrends such as the climate crisis or species extinction are her day-to-day business: Professor Anna-Katharina Hornidge, DAAD alumna and director of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), is working for a more sustainable and fairer future.

Illustration Klimafreundliche Stadt der Zukunft
Issue 2 | 2022 Food for thought

A complete reorientation

How water use, mobility and energy production could help rather than harm the environment – and why this would require a cultural revolution.

Dr. Konstantin Scheihing forschte mit Unterstützung der DAAD-Stiftung in Delft.
Issue 2 | 2022 Engaging in exchange – In brief

Sponsoring scholarships in sustainability

A discussion in Nuremberg about green ­hydrogen, the energy source of the future
Issue 2 | 2022 Engaging in exchange – In brief

The future for green hydrogen

Sawsan Abdul-Jalil
Issue 2 | 2022 Engaging in exchange

Answer to pressing issues

Jointly overcoming global challenges: the DAAD is funding Global Centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Two researchers share insights into their work.

Issue 2 | 2022 Engaging in exchange

Centres for innovation

The German Centres for Research and Innovation bring science, business and politics together – this year’s focus is on the highly topical area of Sustainable Innovations.

Issue 2 | 2022 Overview

Research for sustainability

Overcoming today’s ecological crises will be virtually impossible without the innovative impetus of international scientists. The DAAD is making an important contribution with its funding programmes – while reforming its own organisation at the same time.

Dr. Lisa Schielicke
Issue 2 | 2022 Interview

Making cities crisis-resilient

At the University of Bonn, meteorologist and DAAD alumna Dr Lisa Schielicke studies how to mitigate the impacts of climate change on cities.

Photobioreactor in lab algae fuel biofuel industry
Issue 2 | 2022 Sustainable innovations | LETTER

Sustainable innovations

1 | 2022 - Remembrance

Dampfschiff mit Auswandernden. Abb.: Brockhaus Konversations-Lexikon, 1908.
Issue 1 | 2022 Keeping in touch

Traces of the past

The DAAD Regional Office Rio de ­Janeiro is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022. Its director, Dr Jochen Hellmann, recalls an event that even dates much further back: the start of German immigration to Brazil around 200 years ago.

Aquarium Grotto Garden
Issue 1 | 2022 In dialogue

“A better understanding of heritage management”

How can academic exchange influence a country’s remembrance culture? We recorded a dialogue between Dr Britta Rudolff, head of the international Master programme on heritage conservation and site management, and Mohamed Amer from Egypt, one of her former students.

Dr. Ohiniko Mawussé Toffa
Issue 1 | 2022 In action

“Knowledge is like a baobab”

Religious objects, deities and icons: German studies specialist, colonial historian and DAAD alumnus Dr Ohiniko Mawussé Toffa aims to clarify where the items stored at GRASSI Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig stem from, who they were taken from and how they came to Germany.

Professor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan
Issue 1 | 2022 In action - In brief

“Develop hope for the future”

“Untreated traumas can be passed from one generation to the next,” says Professor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, Director of the Institute for Transcultural Health ­Science

Dr. Franziska Davies
Issue 1 | 2022 In action - In brief

Gaps in German remembrance culture

Currently, with regard to the war in Ukraine, Dr Franziska Davies, a historian of Eastern Europe, feels strongly reminded of testimonies and documents from research on the Second World War.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Issue 1 | 2022 In action

The wounds can still be felt to this day

In her guest contribution, Michaela Küchler explains why Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, together with its intermediary organisations like the DAAD, is committed to a future-oriented culture remembrance culture.

Don Mee Choi
Issue 1 | 2022 In action

Mission: To remember

The award-winning Korean-American poet and translator Don Mee Choi talks about sanctioned amnesia and a moving example of remembrance culture.

People demonstrate against the war in Ukraine in front of the Old Town Hall in Münster (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Issue 1 | 2022 Just asking

Support for Ukraine

DAAD President Professor Joybrato Mukherjee on the historical responsibility for Ukraine and the commitment to free academic exchange.

Issue 1 | 2022 Food for thought

Change of perspective

Professor Aleida Assmann responds to the question of how the view of ­colonial history is changing Western remembrance culture.

CAPAZ icon
Issue 1 | 2022 Engaging in exchange

Remembrance work for the sake of peace

The German-Colombian Peace Insti­tute CAPAZ is committed to critically examining the decades-long conflict in the South American country.

Installation Schalechet
Issue 1 | 2022 Engaging in exchange

“A transformative experience”

Germany Close Up – North American Jews Meet Modern Germany offers an opportunity to experience the many facets of Germany. This transatlantic programme is aimed at Jewish students and young professionals from North America.

Guy Armel Fogang Toyem
Issue 1 | 2022 Engaging in exchange

Researching Germany’s ­colonial past

The impact of Ger­many’s colonial era is still evident in some parts of Africa. The Germanist Guy Armel ­Fogang Toyem from Cameroon, a scholarship holder on the DAAD’s German Colonial Rule programme, has been researching its effects.

Teilnehmende aus Afrika und Europa tauschen sich Jahr für Jahr aus.
Issue 1 | 2022 Engaging in exchange

Shaping the future with museums

TheMuseumsLab brings experts from Africa and Europe together to engage in exchange on urgent issues.

Buchenwald Memorial
Issue 1 | 2022 Overview

The responsibility of remembrance

Germany must face up to its historical responsibility as a dictatorship and colonial power if global academic exchange is to take place on the basis of equality. New DAAD programmes are making an important contribution to this.

Professor Martin Schulze Wessel
Issue 1 | 2022 Interview

Lessons of the past

Professor Martin Schulze Wessel, DAAD alumnus and one of the most renowned German experts on Eastern European history, discusses the war in Ukraine.

Benin Bronzes
Issue 1 | 2022 Remembrance | LETTER