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BAM, UBA and BfR in US to promote careers in German departmental research

29/2017, 22.08.2017

Joint BAM, BfR and UBA Press Release

Together with the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) the German German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will provide information about careers in departmental research to German scientists in the US at the Annual Convention of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in San Francisco from 25 to 27 August 2017.

With over 400 participants, the GAIN Annual Convention is one of the most important events outside Europe for academic careers in Germany. GAIN is a joint initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Research Foundation. In addition to conferences and workshops, the three-day event includes a talent fair to promote careers and offers young German academics in North America a platform for networking with high-ranking representatives from German science, politics and industry.

The research organisations, which belong to three different federal ministries, will provide information and advice to interested people about various job opportunities at their booth at the GAIN talent fair. They also offer a joint workshop on careers in departmental research.

"We are once again looking forward to attending such an important career event this year," said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne, BAM President and Chairman of the WG Departmental Research. "Germany needs young, innovative scientists and departmental research institutes offer attractive and long-term career prospects." BAM supports scientists through targeted programmes for Ph.D. students and post-docs and the Adolf Martens Fellowship Programme.

BfR also maintains similar funding programmes for Ph.D. students and post-docs. Offering leading positions in the form of joint appointments between BfR and universities is another strategic instrument to strengthen cooperation with universities in research and to attract junior scientists.

"The German Government’s scientific organisations need scientific expertise at the highest international level for their research and work in risk assessment and to provide advice to politicians," adds BfR President Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel who will speak about departmental research at the joint workshop.

As member organisations of the WG Departmental Research BAM, BfR and UBA offer practical and interdisciplinary research at the interface to politics, business and society. Current issues are addressed in national and international networks with universities, other research institutes and companies. This creates attractive and diverse career opportunities.

For more information on the GAIN Annual Convention and the programme, please click here.

About BAM

As a Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy departmental research institute, BAM performs research, testing and offers advisory support to protect people, the environment and material goods. Its activity in the fields of materials science, materials engineering and chemistry is focussed on the technical safety of products and processes.

BAM’s research is directed towards substances, materials, building elements, components and facilities as well as natural and technical systems important for the national economy and relevant to society. It also tests and assesses their safe handling and operation. BAM develops and validates analysis procedures and assessment methods, models and necessary standards and provides science-based services for the German industry in a European and international framework.

BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry for Germany and its global markets to further develop the successful German quality culture "Made in Germany".

About UBA

"For our Environment" - this is the German Environment Agency’s motto. As Germany's main environmental agency, UBA’s task is to ensure that there is a healthy environment in which people can live protected from harmful environmental impacts as far as possible. For this purpose, UBA provides advice to politicians based on its research and scientific knowledge.

About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. It advises the Federal Government and Federal Laender on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.

The BfR is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the institute has published a jubilee brochure (in German) which can be downloaded or ordered free of charge at http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/publication/brochures-61045.html.

This text version is a translation of the original German text which is the only legally binding version.

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