Series: Foreign Research Scientists at Helmholtz

More than 8,500 foreign research scientists are working at Helmholtz Centres all across Germany. What are their personal stories? What are their impressions of Germany? We would like to introduce a few of them in this series.

"The worst thing about it was all that paper-work"

As the only biological oceanographer at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Anya Waite sometimes felt like being at the wrong end of the world: Most of her colleagues were in Europe or America, and proved hard to reach because of the time difference. After moving to Bremen, she is excited about the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, where her colleagues sit just down the hall.


German lessons in Dresden

Her fascination with solid state physics brought Elizabeth Green from Florida to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in Germany. She was able to bring not just her research, but also her husband.


"Less rain and more sunshine, would be nice"

Rohini Kumar grew up in the Ganges plain in northern India. Now he works at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, where he researches ways to predict extreme hydrological events like floods and droughts.

Marine therapeutics: from seabed to bedside

Her research career took Deniz Tasdemir to many different places. In Kiel at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research she feels especially close to her main goal: She conducts research on natural compounds from the ocean that might heal patients in the future.

”In Germany it’s possible to accomplish just about anything

His research saves lives: Ulrich Kemloh from Cameroon is examining the complex flow of people at large events. Having to learn the German language seemed to him to be a small price to pay for obtaining first-rate training almost free of charge.

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