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- Stammtisch & talk at Sydney Uni, Friday 24 October
Following a talk by Dr Brangwen Stone on German documentary filmmakers Volker Koepp and Helke Misselwitz at Sydney University (SLC Common Room 524, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Bldg; 3-5pm; please contact Tristan Lay for more information: tristan.lay[at]sydney.ed.au), the DAAD will hold a Stammtisch at the Marlborough Hotel, Newtown (Marly) - 145 King St Newtown NSW 2042, from 6pm onwards on Friday, Oct 24. No RSVP required for the Stammtisch - just come along! We look forward to seeing you.

Past Events

- DAAD Alumni Association Event: Sydney - Concert & Drinks, Sat 23 August
The DAAD Alumni Association invited Sydney Alumni to a concert: The Choir of St James' Sydney and the Australian Haydn Ensemble performed Mozart's Requiem and other sacred works on Saturday, 23rd Aug at 5pm at St James Church, King Street. The Sydney Alumni had concert drinks afterwards.

- DAAD Stammtisch - 13 June 2014
Following a suggestion from our alumni, we met at the “Rhinedorf” German restaurant, catching up with many alumni and enjoying the German cuisine. Location: Rhinedorf, 485 King Georges Road, Beverly Hills. Time: 6pm come along, 7pm Dinner.

- DAAD Stammtisch - 13 May 2014
For our first Stammtisch in 2014 the DAAD group met with the Sydney Stammtisch at the Golden Age Cinema in Surry Hills on Tuesday the 13th of May. Due to the success of this first joint event we are planning to continue the multilateral “stammtisching”. Which will be another opportunity to meet and connect!

- Australia-wide RAMP Meeting with DAAD and AvH Alumni Meeting, Friday March 28 – Sunday March 30, 2014

Our third Australia-wide RAMP meeting consisted of programme that combined scientific input, talks on specific aspects of mentoring, and cultural topics as well as leaving enough room for our alumni to engage and interact with each other. We started off on the Friday evening with a visit to the Audi Festival of German Films; Saturday was filled with talks, presentations and discussions during the day, with a dinner in the evening. The meeting concluded on Sunday with a morning panel session, followed by a visit to the Art Gallery of NSW and a picnic in the Botanical Gardens.

- Goethe-DAAD Christmas Party, 28 November 2013
As 2013 has been another eventful year for the DAAD in Australia, we were happy to join forces with the Goethe-Institut to co-host our Christmas party on November 28. We had a lot of fun celebrating with 25 of our DAAD friends and alumni, together with the Goethe-Institut's friends and guests. We really enjoyed catching up with all of you, sharing amusing anecdotes, delicious sausages & drinks. A big Dankeschön to our friends and partners from the Goethe-Institut Australia! We wish you all a wonderful festive season and look forward to seeing you again in 2014.

For Christmas party pictures, please refer to this album provided by our partners from the Goethe-Institut.

- DAAD Stammtisch at the Newtown Hotel following the talk on Ludwig Leichhardt at Sydney Uni, 25 October 2013
Talk:When Ludwig Leichhardt came back: The Cold War and an uncanny return, by Dr Andrew W. Hurley, University of Technology, Sydney, International Studies Program – Friday 25 October, 3–5pm at the University of Sydney, SLC Common Room 524, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Bldg; followed by the Stammtisch, 6pm at Newtown Hotel "just" around the corner: 174 King Street, NSW 2042

- DAAD Australia 10th Anniversary Party, 26 September 2013, Goethe-Institut Sydney
The Sydney Information Centre of the DAAD Australia opened 10 years ago, on 26 September 2003. A reason to celebrate with a birthday party at the Goethe-Institut!
Details:
Thursday, 26 September 2013
6pm for 7pm
7pm: Official start with speeches and cultural program
7.30pm: Food, drinks and dancing
Food: As befits both Australia and Germany, we will have a BBQ, including vegetarian and vegan options.
Music: BYO (simply bring along your favourite songs on your smartphone, MP3 player or iPod as they can be plugged into our system. As tastes differ, please make your choice with consideration :-) )
Dress code: Casual
Please RSVP by Sunday, 22 September, indicating whether you require vegetarian or vegan options.

- DAAD Stammtisch at The Bar at the End of the Wharf, 29 August 2013
Fun, food and drinks at Sydney Theatre's Bar at the End of the Wharf! Great atmosphere, beautiful harbour views and the opportunity to meet and catch up with other DAAD alumni.

- An Evening with Brahms & Drinks, 13 July 2013
The Choir of St James’, with artists from Opera Australia, presented IMMORTALITY: BRAHMS – EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM, on Saturday 13 July 2013 at 5pm. The attending DAAD alumni had fun, going for chocolate before the concert and meeting the artists at the bar afterwards! Thanks to Sydney alumni coordinator Claudia Möller for organising this fun afternoon!

- DAAD Stammtisch at Una's, 13 June 2013
Dinner - Schnitzel! - and drinks at German-Austrian-Swiss restaurant Una's in Darlinghurst were perfect for our alumni to socialise and have fun. Missed out on this Stammtisch? Come along to the next one!

- 10/11/12 May Australia-wide RAMP.au / Alumni Meeting in Melbourne
The formal conference program on Saturday included talks on different aspects of mentoring in general during the morning and workshops in the afternoon. The latter provided the opportunity for both mentors and mentees to discuss their respective experiences in separate groups and formulate desiderata for the future.
Furthermore, one workshop was dedicated exclusively to the conception of the future RAMP.au-website.
The meeting included a visit to the Audi Festival of Germany Films on the Friday night, a a social dinner on the Saturday evening and a social activity on Sunday.

- Audi Festival of German Films 2013
The Audi Festival of German Films, orchestrated by the Goethe-Institut Australia, is the key event for German culture in Australia’s arts calendar.
30 April - 14 May in Sydney
For more information about participating cities, venues and the program, visit http://www.goethe.de/ins/au/lp/prj/fia/ffg/enindex.htm or check out the Minimag.

- Multiple Lives – Ways of understanding East Germany, 5 May 2013
1pm-3pm / Goethe-Institut Australia, 90 Ocean St, Woollahra NSW 2025
The event Multiple Lives – Ways of understanding East Germany is co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Australia, the DAAD, and the University of NSW's School of International Studies. The event is part of the Audi Festival of Germany Films and is presented against the backdrop of the current poster exhibition The Uprising in the GDR on the 17th of June 1953.

- AAvHF and DAAD Alumni Pizza Night at Sydney Observatory, 10 April 2013
The Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows (AAvHF) organised a Pizza Night at Sydney Observatory on Wednesday, 10 April 2013, 5.30-8pm, featuring fine company, a smorgasbord of delicious pizzas and drinks, an informative public talk starting at 6:30 pm by one of Australia's leading astrophysicists, Professor Anne Green, on the Square Kilometre Array, the biggest radio telescope ever, and a guided tour of Sydney Observatory including an opportunity to view the stars and planets through its telescopes.
Those who wished to continue discussions afterwards adjourned to the nearby Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Australia's oldest continually licensed brewery hotel and an ideal setting for convivial conversation.

- Public Talk at the Goethe-Institut Sydney, followed by the first ever DAAD Stammtisch, 7 March 2013
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Jochen Vollmann, Director of the Institute of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), will give a public talk at the Goethe-Institut Sydney on Thursday, March 7, from 7pm to 8.30pm, followed not just by snacks and drinks, but also by our first ever DAAD Stammtisch at the Lord Dudley Hotel, just around the corner from the Goethe-Institut! Alumni who can't make it to the talk are still very welcome to join the Stammtisch later on.

- Zwischen Kultur und Wissenschaft - Francis Bacon. Feierlicher Jahresauftakt der DAAD-Alumni-Aktivitäten in New South Wales, 13 Februar 2013
Besuch der Ausstellung "Francis Bacon - Five Decades" in der Art Gallery of NSW, mit Redebeiträgen von Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann (Präsident des Goethe-Instituts), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Parzinger (Präsident der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) und Dr. Jacqueline Strecker (Kuratorin der Art Gallery of NSW), danach Führung durch die Ausstellung, Drinks und Häppchen. Offizielle Einladung

- Informal Canberra & Sydney Alumni Meeting at Symphony in the Domain, 26 January 2013
This was a rare opportunity for Canberra and Sydney alumni to meet and socialise before Sydney Festival's "Symphony in the Domain", this year featuring "The Sound of Kubrick" from 8pm.

- December 5, 2012, RAMP.au Meeting
The main focus of this meeting, held at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney, was on advancing our Research Ambassador and Mentoring Program (RAMP). This initiative is the result of years of close cooperation between the AAvHF (Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows) and the DAAD.

- June 12-14, 2012, Keynote by Dr Bode, AC21 International Forum, Adelaide
Recently retired but still more than active, DAAD Secretary General Dr Christian Bode, who was our guest in 2010 at the Australia-wide DAAD Alumni Conference at Sydney University, followed the invitations of the University of Adelaide's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha, and of recently retired Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor John Taplin to be a keynote speaker at the 2012 AC21 International Forum in Adelaide. The title of his talk was"(Higher) Education in times of Globalisation - the universities' responsibility". You’ll find an abstract here.
Academic Consortium 21 consists of 20 universities, including Freiburg, Strasbourg, Nagoya, Beijing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Chulalongkorn, Adelaide and Sydney. The theme of the 2012 conference was "Maximising the Benefits of Internationalisation". Dr Bode also met with DAAD alumni and DAAD-AAvHF research ambassadors in Adelaide.

- Mentoring, Research Ambassadors and Alumni Meeting on 31 March / 1 April
On Saturday, 31 March 2012, the DAAD Australia held a meeting of all mentors / mentees / DAAD research ambassadors, with talks by Prof Kay Double (AvH), Dr Ulla Toyka (DAAD Bonn) and Peter Kerrigan (DAAD New York) as well as discussions, Q&A sessions and more.
The next day, Sunday, 1 April, a meeting of the Australian DAAD alumni was held, again featuring Dr Toyka and Mr Kerrigan as well as the German ambassador Dr Christoph Müller, and presenting short talks from Australian alumni and German DAAD scholarship recipients.

- AAvH-Conference with DAAD day, 30 Sep - 2 Oct 2011
The Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows will hold its biannual meeting from Friday, 30th September to Sunday, 2nd October this year at the Neuroscience Research Australia in Randwick (Sydney). Together with the AAvH, the DAAD is organising a joint Humboldt/DAAD event on Friday, September 30. DAAD alumnus Steffen Lehmann, University of South Australia, will speak at the event on the topic of "Green Urbanisation: Transforming Australian Cities towards Sustainability”, followed by plenary speaker Prof. Ian Frazer, University of Queensland, discussing “Non-infectious Chronic Disease: The Major Global Health Challenge for the 21st Century”. The talks will be followed by a cocktail reception.

- Academic Workshop & Glühweinfest @ Goethe-Institut Sydney
On Friday, 3rd June 2011, this DAAD event started with an academic workshop on research skills for PhD students and other academics, followed by a fun social gathering, a “Glühweinfest”, on the spacious balcony of the Goethe-Institut.
The Research Skills Workshop with Professor Ruth Rentschler, chair of Arts Management at the School of Management and Marketing at Deakin University in Melbourne, dealt with question such as: How to get started – in a structured way; how to structure a good PhD thesis, and how to ask research questions and conduct an effective literature search.
The dress code and theme for the Glühweinfest (from 7pm onwards) was “Bavarian Belles & Beefcakes”, and since it was a non-funded event, everyone brought along a bottle of red wine or a plate to share. Thanks to everyone who participated, a great evening was had!

- Formation Meeting of the DAAD-AAvHF Research Ambassadors and Mentoring Network Australia
On 29 April 2011, the DAAD- AAvHF (Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows) Research Ambassadors and Mentoring Network was kickstarted at its formation meeting at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney. About 25 interested mentors and mentees were in attendance and discussed the best way to set up the scheme.
In an excellent introductory talk, mentor Ruth Rentschler discussed a wide range of aspects of mentoring. Mentor and AvH Ambassador Scientist Kay Double added her valuable experience from the mentoring taking place in her research institute. A group discussion resulted in even more ideas about how to shape the mentoring programme.

- First Annual Meeting of the DAAD Alumni Association of Australia
Following the Formation Meeting of the DAAD-AvH Research Ambassadors and Mentoring Network Australia, the First Annual Meeting of the DAAD Alumni Association of Australia was held at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney on April 29, 2011. After welcome drinks, an executive meeting took place. Andreas Schorle, Consulate General Sydney, and Prof. Herman Beyersdorf, Chair of the DAAD Alumni Association of Australia, welcomed everyone to the open meeting, followed by a brief overview of the DAAD's history in Australia by Dr. Jäger and by a report of Herman Beyersdorf, Chair of the Association, on the outcomes of the exec meeting. This exciting and lovely evening was concluded with drinks, canapés and lots of talking in the lounge of the Goethe-Institut.

- Alumni and Scholarship Holder Get-Together in Sydney
In Sydney, a number of alumni and current scholarship holders got together on Sunday, April 17, to have a drink or a coffee at the Wine & Espresso Bar of the Palace Norton Street cinema in Leichhardt and then see "Vincent Wants To Sea" ("Vincent will Meer") at the Audi Festival of German Films. The film has won the German version of the Oscar, the "Lola" prize, for best movie and best male actor this year.

 - Meeting of DAAD scholarship holders in Townsville
From Friday April 9 to Sunday April 11, 2011, our German scholarship holder Isabel Ender organised a meeting of DAAD scholarship holders and alumni in tropical Townsville. Isabel had a more exciting start up there than she ever imagined – on the day she arrived, she was directly sent to a public shelter as cyclone Yasi was approaching!
The weekend programme included comparing academic bios, a discussion about the concept of exchange, about the then still planned mentoring programme, as well as visits to the Billabong Sanctuary, the famous Reef HQ and Magnetic Island, all greatly enjoyed by the participants.

- Regional DAAD alumni meetings in Brisbane
The first regional alumni meeting in 2011 was held in Brisbane. The alumni and friends of the DAAD who attended the get.together at the Brisbane German Club on 9 February were keen to find ways to maintain contacts with Germany and the DAAD. There was some discussion about creating a ‘buddy system’ for German students and researchers in Brisbane and for Australian students about to go to Germany as DAAD scholars. A request will soon go out to Queensland-based alumni to volunteer for this system, as part of the Research Ambassador and Mentoring Network. Future meetings of the Brisbane alumni group in 2011 are slated to coincide with events such as Oktoberfest later in the year.

- DAAD and AvH Alumni Meeting, Sydney
For DAAD and AvH alumni from Sydney and surrounds (and of course all alumni who will be in the area!), there will be another alumni meeting on Thursday, September 9, from 6.30pm onwards. This meeting is intended as a networking event. Our guest speaker will be Fiona Allon, Sydney University. You will find an invitation here, and RSVPs are required. See you there!

- CELC Scholarship Information Day, ANU Canberra
On July 21, 2010, CELC (Contemporary Europe Learning Community) is holding scholarship information sessions with Dr Andreas Jäger, Head of DAAD Australia, as well as representatives from the French Embassy, the EU Delegation, and the ANU International Exchange Office. CELC aims to provide a forum for students, academics and diplomats to discuss Contemporary European Affairs and organises events at the ANU to raise awareness of Europe and opportunities to study in Europe.

- German Day Out in Adelaide
On Thursday, 22 July, the German Discipline of the University of Adelaide in conjunction with SAGTA and the Goethe-Institut are organising a ‘German Day Out’ for Year 10-12 students, featuring language activities, a student forum, DAAD scholarship information sessions and motivation workshops with Andreas Jäger as well as a German hip hop group.

- German Participants' Evening at the APAIE conference
This year's APAIE conference (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education), held from April 14-16 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, had the theme "Educating for Extremes: Educating for global challenges in a rapidly changing world". The evening before the conference, April 13, the DAAD and GATE Germany as well as German Consul-General Dr Hans Gnodtke (Sydney) and Consul Detlev Sulzer (Brisbane) co-hosted an evening for the German conference participants with an insightful and varied program, followed by a cocktail reception.

- Big DAAD Alumni Conference: Tackling the Future
Environmental Challenges and their Impact on Academic Cooperation, Economy and Culture
26 – 28 March 2010 at the University of Sydney

If you missed this event or would like to take another look at some of the presentations held at the conference, check out the below links!

- Conference summary by Ursula Toyka, Head of Section Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, DAAD
- Draft program and press release
- Prof Dr Martin Faulstich: Sustainability - Harmonising Growth and Usage of Resources (ppt)
- Dr Christian Bode, DAAD Secretary General: Recent Trends in Higher Education and Research
in the EU and Germany (pdf)
- Prof Dr Klaus Fraedrich: Climate, Chaos, and Catastrophes (pdf) (ppt)
- Prof Dr Steffen Lehmann: Future-Proofing Cities; Abstract (pdf) - Presentation (pdf) - Worldwide Flights Movie (wmv)
- Dr Udo Klein: Tackling Climate Change (ppt)
- Prof Dr Michael Clyne: Monolingualism and multilingualism in Australia and Germany (ppt)
- Prof Dr Ingrid Gogolin: Multilingualism, Monolingualism: The Linguistic Janus Face (pdf)
- Dr Liz Ellis: Australia’s monolingual perspectives - Can we do better? (ppt)
- Prof Dr Leone Spiccia, Dr Holger Stephan: Novel Functionalised Nanoparticles for Application in the Imaging of Cancer (ppt)
- Prof Dr Dr Manfred Glesner: Wireless Sensor Networks - Control of Artificial Irrigation and Early Detection of Bushfires (ppt)
- Prof Dr Nicholas King: Determining the diagnostic kinetics of viral encephalitis using positron
emission tomography (pdf)

Australia-wide DAAD Alumni Meeting provided a network for 167 participants from Germany and Australia

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organised the third Australia-wide DAAD Alumni Meeting at the University of Sydney. Its focus was on environmental challenges and their impact on academic cooperation, economy and culture.
The host of the event, Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, welcomed 167 participants from Australia and Germany, mainly former DAAD scholarship holders from all Australian universities, as well as a high-level German delegation. This included the German Ambassador to Australia, Dr Michael Witter; German Consul General of NSW, Hans Gnodtke; DAAD Secretary-General, Dr Christian Bode; and Professor Martin Faulstich, Chairman of the German Advisory Council on the Environment.
The program was tailored to the specific interests of DAAD alumni and offered a variety of academic input from both Germany and Australia in the form of keynote lectures and discussion forums as well as excursions and networking opportunities at several social events.
Another highlight of the Alumni Meeting was the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Group of Eight (Go8) and the DAAD in order to support research collaboration between Australia and Germany. The MoU was signed by Dr Spence on behalf of the Go8 and Dr Bode on behalf of the DAAD.

- Annual DAAD Alumni Meeting in Sydney: 8 December 2009
Read a description of this event in our December 2009 newsletter!

- GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA (GSAA)
Conference “Deutsch in aller Welt”, November 18-20, 2009, including a DAAD Alumni Meeting
University of Western Australia (German and European Studies)
Perth, Western Australia

- To Germany and Back
Supporting academic opportunities for cooperation and exchange
University of Melbourne, Tuesday November 10, 2009
including a DAAD Alumni meeting

- German Day at the University of Newcastle, 1 Sep 2009

- Spaghetti Astronomy - Revealing the Universe with Optical Fibres & From RAVE to Gaia: Exploring the History of our Galaxy
Science cooperation between Australia and Germany
A public double lecture at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium,
Brisbane Botanic Gardens (Mt Coot-tha), Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong
Sunday, 10 May 2009

- Visit of Dr Ursula Toyka-Fuong
Head of the Asia-Pacific department at DAAD headquarters
Visiting Australia from 14 - 27 March 2009.

- DAAD at Australia Universities' Exchange Fairs
with info booths and presentations


- German Excellence Universities – Partnerships with QUT
New opportunities for student exchange
Seminar organised by The Queensland Europe Research Collaboration Initiative (QERCI) in association with the German Consulate and Queensland University of Technology: Wednesday 4 March 2009, QUT Brisbane

- First official DAAD alumni meeting in Melbourne since 1985
18 March 2009 at Melbourne University's Gryphon Gallery
with Melbourne's German Consul General Dr Schleich, Dr Toyka-Fuong and Prof Richard James as special guests

- Alumni and German scholarhip holders' annual meeting
at Sydney University and the DAAD Information Centre at the Goethe-Institut Sydney
20 and 21 November, 2008

- Informal meeting of Australian and German DAAD alumni
in Melbourne, 6 November 2008

- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's President Professor Schwarz @ Sydney Uni
17 September 2008

- University of Wollongong celebrates GerMANY connections
23 May 2008

- GerMANY Innovations @ Sydney Uni

- Offical Opening of the DAAD Information Centre, 26 September 2003

The DAAD Information Centre was officially opened on September 26, 2003. Invited guests from the five universities in and around Sydney, representatives from the German Consulate General as well as partners from Australian enterprises joined the opening ceremony at the Goethe-Institut Sydney.

After welcome addresses by Dr Roland Goll (Director Goethe-Institut), Dr. Rainer Haarbusch (Head of DAAD Information Centre Sydney), Dr. Matthias Wentzel (Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany) and Professor Anthony Stephens (Head of the School of European, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies, University of Sydney), Professor Max Huber, Vice-President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) officially opened the DAAD Information Centre Sydney.

Prof Max Huber - Dr Rainer Haarbusch - Sybille Sorg - Prof Tony Stephens - Dr Roland Goll

 

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