GAIN22: Information for participants

The GAIN22 Annual Conference and Talent Fair will take place from September 2nd to 4th, 2022 in Bonn, Germany. For the first time, it is aimed at postdocs from Germany who are currently working abroad or have recently returned to Germany.

Here you will find all important information about participation.

Here you can register for GAIN22: Registration

Dear science community,

Find out about career prospects, research institutions and current science policy in Germany. Network with representatives of German universities, non-university institutions, funding bodies, commercial enterprises and politicians. And meet interesting employers at the Talent Fair.

In the diverse program, subject-specific issues are discussed, career strategies are presented and professional networking is made easy.

In the workshops you will receive tips and ideas for your career development: job opportunities in the postdoc phase, setting up junior research groups, applying for a professorship, alternative research careers, careers in research-based industry and in science management, strategies for dual-career couples and families and much more.

Universities, companies, research and funding institutions present themselves at the Talent Fair. Meet the exhibitors for career advice, job interviews, meet-an-expert or for a CV check. Here you can actively expand your scientific network and make valuable contacts.

Are you planning your next career step in Germany? Then use GAIN22 to get to know exciting and pioneering players in person!

Best regards from New York


Your GAIN-Team Anna Oberle-Brill and Charlotte Droell

Call for applications for the GAIN22 participation grant

Who can apply?
Internationally mobile scientists from Germany who are currently working in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia/Oceania take part in GAIN22. Postdocs from this target group who do not receive a grant from the DAAD, the DFG, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Leopoldina or the German National Academic Foundation are invited to apply for the GAIN participation grant by July 1st. Applications are open to all disciplines. German-speaking scientists who have returned to Germany from a stay abroad within the last two years are also invited to apply.

What is funded?
For GAIN scholarship holders, GAIN will cover the conference fee of EUR 510 including meals and the costs for two nights in the conference hotel – if no private accommodation is available in Bonn. Travel expenses are not covered.

How to apply?
Please register for GAIN22 in September via the registration portal under the category “Participants”. Specify “GAIN” as the inviting organization. By registering, you take part in the application process for a GAIN participation grant. You will be asked to upload your CV and state your motivation for participating. You will probably receive feedback within a couple weeks of applying.

International Welcome - English Program on Saturday Afternoon

International Welcome: On Saturday Afternoon, Sep 3, 2022 international scholars are invited to join the GAIN22 for the English program and Science Slam. Any international, PhD student, or postdoc in the area is invited. There is no admission fee for international researchers but registration is required. Please see below for more details. #GoGAIN22

Registration deadline: 15 July 2022

  • We cordially invite all international PhD and postdoctoral students, as well as junior faculty of all disciplines to join us for the Saturday afternoon programme at the GAIN22 conference and career fair in Bonn, Germany. The Saturday afternoon programme is offered in English.
  • You can schedule appointments with representatives from more than 100 German universities, research institutions, funding agencies, and industry. Find out about their programmes and job openings!
  • The “Research in Germany” initiative offers a special information session with expert advisers and consultants with the title “Research in Germany: Opportunities for Postdocs, Young Investigators, and Junior Faculty Members in Germany”.
  • Participate in the GAIN22 Science Slam and win a prize! 
    Take up the chance and impart your current research results to a diverse audience. Present your findings in a five-minute pitch in front of the GAIN22 audience. The winner will receive a cash prize of 2500 Euros! 

Event details:
Date: 3 September 2022
Location: Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany

Programme details:
Saturday, September 3, 2022

•    2pm – 3:15pm Parallel Workshops (including the Research in Germany workshop)

•    3:15pm – 5:15pm Talent Fair and Career Dating 
Join us at the walk-in Talent Fair with German universities, research institutions, funding agencies and

•    5:15pm – 6:45pm Science Slam
Present your findings and win a prize!

►►►Click here to register!

 We look forward to seeing you at GAIN22!

GAIN22 timeline – participants

March April
Scholarship holders from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the DAAD, the DFG, the German National Academic Foundation, the Leopoldina or the German Cancer Aid will receive a personal invitation to the conference. GAIN members and interested parties who are currently not being funded by any of the above institutions can apply for the GAIN participation grant via the registration portal until July 1.

Application Science Slam (more information will follow)

July 1
Registration and application deadline

September 2 – 4
GAIN22 Annual Conference and Talent Fair in Bonn, Germany

September 2
First day of the GAIN22 Annual Conference and Talent Fair in Bonn with Welcome Notes and grand reception.

September 3
Second day of GAIN22 with International Welcome: On Saturday Afternoon international scholars are invited to join the GAIN22 for the English program and Science Slam

September 4
Third and last day of GAIN22

September 7th
Digital workshop event GAIN22

September 15th
Deadline for the settlement of travel expenses for eligible scholarship holders

Maritim Hotel Bonn

Maritim Hotel Bonn
Kurt-Georg-Kiesinger-Allee 1
53175 Bonn


If you arrive by car, there is a parking fee of €24 per day and car, as of December 2021.