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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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