Pre-GAIN23: Transferring Outcomes – From Science to Innovation

Basic research has always been of great importance in both the USA and Germany. It enables a science-led acquisition of new knowledge, which has a great value of its own. However, it can also be made available as basis for solution-oriented, applied research ultimately leading to societal, social or economic implementation. As emphasized in recent years, this process can still be optimized with respect to sharing, acknowledging and efficiently transferring the findings from basic research and to using this knowledge for innovation. This is why many attempts are currently being made to systematize the necessary transfer process and optimize it in a targeted manner.
In Germany, the federal and state governments are actively contributing to this process, as are the research funding organizations Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).
A number of similar activities are underway on the other side of the Atlantic. For example, last year the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) was founded at the National Science Foundation (NSF), which, like the DFG, primarily focuses on basic research. A private organization promoting applied science is the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in New York.
Very different career paths are open to young scientists. This event is intended to show the different perspectives on the subject of knowledge transfer in the USA and in Germany and to offer insights into the science-political framework as well as to give a glimpse of funding opportunities for scientists in early career stages.

The session starts with a 30 minute breakfast-networking session. The panel discussion will start at 9:30 am.

Language: English

  • Dr. Jens Brandenburg, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Dr. Erwin Gianchandani, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Dr. Joann Halpern, Director Hasso Plattner Institute New York (HPI)
  • Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Petra Olschowski, Minister in the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts (MWFK)
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)


  • Prof. Dr. Katja Becker, President of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Room: Salon F