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Childcare for workshop participants
Funding is available to cover or mitigate childcare costs during attendance at the workshop. Participants may request funding by writing to the below email address and including name, number & ages of children requiring care, and dates & times for care needed. Participants are responsible for arranging childcare in Dresden themselves, and these are some of the options offered in Dresden:
Krümel Babysitterservice | creativkopf | Wirbelwind | Flexible Kinderbetreuung - TU Dresden | Campusnest - Kurzzeitbetreuung

Workshop program
Registration check-in begins on June 12 at 9:30 am, and the program concludes on June 14 at 4:30 pm.

Questions about the workshop:

Building Bridges
The Fulbright-Cottrell Workshop

Dresden, June 12 - 14, 2023

Providing tools for success to current and future junior faculty in Germany

The Building Bridges workshop has been held annually since 2017. These workshops are an initiative that adapts aspects of two established programs offered by the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative to the German academic landscape: the CSC New Faculty Workshop and the CSC Academic Leadership Training Workshop.

The first workshop, "Bridges to Germany", was held in May 2017 in Mainz as part of the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative. Following the success of the first edition, Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded suceessive editions: a second professional development workshop in June 2018 in Berlin, the third workshop in June 2019 in Göttingen, and a fourth, online workshop in October 2021. Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

Target Groups:

  • Postdoctoral researchers, junior group leaders, Juniorprofessor:innen, habilitated researchers, Privatdozent:innen, and equivalent who are working in chemistry, physics, astronomy, and related fields are welcome to attend.

The workshop offers hands-on training and active educational exchange between the participants and experienced faculty members, as well as academic leaders from Fulbright Germany and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). Participants will discover in this workshop a unique environment and excellent opportunity for professional development.

Feedback from past participants in the workshop series:

"Absolutely excellent workshop that should be mandatory for all junior faculty."

"Every junior faculty member would find it [the workshop] useful and helpful."

"The workshop is essential for junior faculty members on their way to full professorship."

"I learned a lot about teaching, some new details related to funding, and did do some potentially helpful networking."

"The "active teaching" lessons were very insightful. The contact with people just a few steps ahead in [their] career was encouraging."

"I liked the emphasis on the teaching side. I find teaching an essential part as we are responsible to equip the students with the knowledge and tools they need to drive our world forward."

"I learned a lot of tricks to make the most of combining teaching and research."

The workshop is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German-American Fulbright Commission, which administers the annual Fulbright-Cottrell Award in collaboration with the American Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr. Diego Andrada, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
  • Distinguished Univ. Prof. Karen Bjorkman, University of Toledo, USA
  • Majda Bratovič, Nature Communications, Germany
  • Dr. Andrew Feig, Senior Program Director, Research Corporation, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser, Max Planck Institut für Chemische Physik Fester Stoffe, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Carla Fröhlich, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Olga Garcia Mancheño, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Heine, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Dr. Jasmin Herr, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Hildreth, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Nils Kröger, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Maier, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Jamie Moore, Program Officer, Fulbright Germany
  • Associate Prof. Kathryn Mouzakis, Loyola Marymount University, USA
  • Dr. Ilka Paulus, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany
  • Dr. Silvia Ronco, Senior Program Director, Research Corporation, USA
  • Dr. Juliane Simmchen, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Dr. Günther Thiele, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Suzanne Tobey, Angewandte Chemie, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof, Leibnitz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Olalla Vázquez, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Rory Waterman, Associate Dean, University of Vermont, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Hongbin Zhang, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany