German-American Lectureship: Deadline June 15

The German-American Academic Council Foundation (GAAC) for the first time will make available--in the context of its mission to provide a common forum for transatlantic scientific and scholarly dialogue--funds for distinguished German scientists and scholars to give guest lectures in the U.S., and for American scientists and scholars to give guest lectures in Germany. In each of two selection rounds in 1997, up to ten applications from U.S. or German universities or other research institutions will be selected for funding of $10,000 as a rule. Lectureship visits can take place in the 1997-98 academic year.

By enabling presentations, lectures and visits of acclaimed scientists and scholars, the GAAC distinguished lectureship program is a means of strengthening and expanding scientific and scholarly contacts and cooperation between the scientific and scholarly communities of both countries. Special emphasis is placed on including contact with young scientists and scholars in the program. A "Lectureship" is defined as a visit by a distinguished scholar on invitation of a university, university department, or public research institution that can last up to one week. Individual contacts and talks should be part of the "lectureship." All fields of science and the humanities are eligible.

Applications for "Distinguished Lectureship Grants" during the 1997-98 academic year must be received by the GAAC no later than June 15, 1997.Complete information may be obtained from the GAAC's World Wide Web Site

-- Joyce M. Randolph, Director, Office of International Programs

Ed. Note: Dr. Randolph also advises that authors are being sought for a project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the German-American Academic Council, in connection with a workshop in the spring of 1998 in Washington entitled International Exchange of Scientists and Scientific Information: Driving Forces, Trends, and Attitudes. The workshop will focus on examining U.S. and German attitudes and approaches to international scientific cooperation from various perspectives: government, industry, and university. It will also look at how telecommunications and other information technologies are changing the way we do international collaboration. A thinkpiece (with data) is wanted, with an eye to such questions as: What are the trends and attitudes of German and U.S. universities towards international scientific cooperation and exchanges? What are the trends and attitudes of students, faculties, and university leadership in this area? What are individual college departments doing in this area (e. g. distance learning)?

A draft outline would be due very shortly, and the paper itself in October. Betty Kirk of the AAAS has more information at


Volume 43 Number 35
May 20, 1997

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