University of Nottingham in Germany 2019

In May 2019, External Relations led another major delegation of colleagues from across the institution to Germany, following the same successful approach taken in Hong Kong earlier this year. Anchored around the British Council’s Going Global conference, colleagues used this opportunity to combine major research, recruitment and reputation activity to raise the Nottingham’s profile in Germany and reiterate the University’s commitment to working with German partners.

If you are University of Nottingham staff, you can find more details about the University's contribution to Going Global main fringe events and about the visits to German universities here.

Going Global conference

The University of Nottingham was one of the most active and visible institutions at the Going Global conference. The University showcased two visually engaging research projects, each representing major areas of past and future engagement with Germany: brain imaging and aerospace technology.


Quantum Imaging the Brain

The exhibit shows a visual representation of the brain activity that we image using our newly developed MEG system.


Going Global main fringe events

Alongside the Going Global conference and over two days of intensive activity in Berlin, the University convened and coordinated the following events:

Universities > Borders: The Russell Group UK-Europe Knowledge Diplomacy Reception

This large-scale event was held at the British Embassy in collaboration with the Russell Group and 19 Russell Group Universities. Speakers included Chris Skidmore MP, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science (2018-2019). and Frances Wood, Regional Director, UK Science and Innovation Network.

Global Connections, Local Value

Delivered in partnership with the British Council and University of Glasgow, this private roundtable discussed how universities’ global connections can deliver civic and local benefits, and explore international perspectives.

The panel included:

  • Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive Officer, British Council (chair)
  • Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool and President of Universities UK
  • Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Nottingham
  • Rachel Sandison, Vice-Principal External Relations, University of Glasgow

BUILA UK-German Showcase

This showcase highlighted existing UK-German research collaborations. The University of Nottingham displayed two research projects and invited persons of interest to foster connections in their areas. The evening also provided a further networking opportunity for senior leaders at Nottingham. Speakers included Sir Sebastian Wood, British Ambassador to Germany, and Professor Dame Janet Beer, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of University of Liverpool.

Visits to German Universities

Activity in Berlin was followed by visits to key universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The purpose of these visits was to establish more staff connections, explore avenues for building collaboration and to pave  the way for a research delegation in July 2019. 

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