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German Congress events provide insight into research opportunities, urbanization

Date & Time:
May 31, 2016 - June 8, 2016
From left: Florentine Strzelczyk, Faculty of Arts, Cheryl Dueck, Linguistics, Languages and Cultures, Friedrich Lenger, Leibniz prize winner, Annette Doll-Sellen, DFG, Hubertus Liebrecht, Federal Republic of Germany

University of Calgary International recently hosted two German events on May 31 as part of Congress 2016.

The first, a German Research Breakfast, took place in the morning. This information session provided faculty, postdocs and PhD students with an overview of Germany's vibrant research landscape, useful tools for identifying potential collaborators, and information on funding opportunities open to Canadian scholars through the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and their partner organizations. Opening remarks were made by Glynn Hunter, director, international relations, and Susan Skone, associate vice-president (research). The presentation was conducted by Annette Doll-Sellen from the DFG, Friedrich Lenger, University of Giessen, John Paul Kleiner, DAAD, and Cheryl Dueck, associate professor of German at the University of Calgary. A question and answer period took place following the presentation.

The second event took place in the evening of May 31, where Friedrich Lenger took the stage once again to speak on four central developments that focused on the theme of the conference — energizing communities. Dr. Friedrich Lenger is a renowned social historian and the recipient of the prestigious Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2015.

Opening remarks were provided by Florentine Strzelczyk, vice dean, faculty of arts, Hubertus Liebrecht, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Annette Doll-Sellen, director, DFG. The lecture focused on the central developments still relevant today: urban growth and development, social segregation and housing, urban planning and the city as central site of political contest.