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Germany is the No. 1 location for research in Europe. Germanys unique scientific tradition and great variety of research fields offer ideal conditions – not only for people with ideas but also for companies that want to translate those ideas into new products, services, and processes. German inventions and discoveries – such as the automobile, the theory of relativity, and the MP3 format – have changed the world. Research-intensive products and services contribute 45 percent to the creation of value in Germany, more than in any other industrialized country.

As one of the worlds leading exporters, Germany clearly understands that science and technology lay the foundation for its future position on the world markets. They are the key to competitiveness and sustainable economic growth. In a bold move, with all other budgets curtailed under a policy of austerity, the German Government is increasing its spending on education and research by a total of 12 billion euros between 2010 and 2013. For in these days of economic crisis, investing in science and technology is the smartest move we can make.

Science and research in Germany are characterized by a distinguished infrastructure, a wide variety of disciplines, well-equipped research facilities and competent staff.

The United States is Germanys most important scientific and technological cooperation partner. A large number of joint initiatives are carried out in all fields of science and research.

GAIN and GSO are the biggest networks of German scholars and scientists in North America.  They were created to improve the flow of information on current career opportunities in Germany. GAIN collaborates mostly with German universities and research institutions, while GSO focusses on the private business sector.

GAIN is a joint initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG), as well as a number of associated members, including the German Rectors Conference, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society.

GSO is a non-profit-organization, mainly funded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation.

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Visit the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s portal “Research in Germany” and discover for yourself what makes Germany such a good location for science and research. If you subscribe to the newsletter you will, every two months, receive regular information on current research projects and findings, as well as on how to cooperate with German research and scientific centres and universities.