Int. Conference: Why Research in Internationalization Matters

As a part of The Hamburg Forum for Global Science and Policy, Universität Hamburg and the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) invite you to our international conference „Why Research in Internationalization Matters“ on 16 and 17 May 2023 in Hamburg.

Volatile geopolitical dynamics, combined with the global COVID-19 pandemic, have forced and are forcing universities and research institutions as well as policymakers to re-adjust much of what was previously thought of as ‘standard’ in research. The new normal is that there is no normal: The post-pandemic landscape of higher education and its governance, and, thusly, research, looks very different than it did in 2019. Research on these new challenges facing the internationalization of research is as of yet not sufficiently explored. “Why Research in Internationalization Matters” is initiating a new discourse with international and internationally oriented researchers, leaders, and research managers to examine these questions.

Evening Kick-off: Tuesday 16 May
Universität Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Ostflügel/East Annex, room 221

5-6 pm Registration

6-8 pm (hybrid) Podium discussion “Resilient Research in a Complex World Order”
• Panel: Prof. Maria Leptin, President of the European Research Council, Prof. Angela Ittel, President of the Technische Universität Braunschweig, and Prof. Hauke Heekeren, President of Universität Hamburg
• Moderation: Prof. Barbara Hans

8-9:30 pm Networking buffet

Conference day: Wednesday 17 May
Universität Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Ostflügel/East Annex, room 221

8:30-9 am Registration

9-10:30 am  Keynotes
Prof. Rudolf Stichweh, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, Universität Bonn:
“The global system of science and the changing structures of international collaboration”
Prof. Thomas Rigotti, Leibniz-Institut für Resilienzforschung, Mainz: “Resilient science: Crossing disciplinary and international boundaries” (digital input)
Dr. Max Paoli, The World Academy of Sciences, Trieste: “Global South, Global North: Building research together” (digital input)

10:30-11 am Coffee break

11 am-1 pm Breakout workshops (rooms 122-124)

• Workshop 1: Do small things matter? On the role of individual-based research within international science cooperation

In this workshop, we will discuss the specificity of individual research cooperation within the international research system. What are the advantages – and drawbacks – of conducting individual-based international research, as far as flexibility, scope, resilience, diversity, and sustainability are concerned? Which institutional conditions are needed so that individual international research can be successful? How have the basic conditions changed within the last few years, and what do these developments mean for the future? The workshop will also bring in the perspective of Institutes for Advanced Study as organizational structures to support individual research projects. A special focus will be placed on early career researchers’ needs and viewpoints.

Input & panel: Dr. Anna Lisa Ahlers (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte/ Alumna Junge Akademie); Prof. Sadia Bari (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen/ Universität Hamburg/ DESY), Prof. Giovanni Galizia (Zukunftskolleg Konstanz), Dr. Christian Schäfer (DAAD), Prof. Dana Jalobeanu (HIAS fellow/ University of Bucharest), Prof. Monique Scheer (Universität Tübingen), Moderation: Dr. Ulrike Dorfmüller (HIAS), Sonja Gräber-Magocsi, PhD (HIAS)

Workshop 2/3: What is the right size? On the role of networks within international science cooperation

In this workshop, we will discuss the role and impact that international networks play in research, in individual research careers and for the institution as a whole. What are drivers and what are effective mechanisms for researchers for engaging in international collaboration? How do small research groups scale up successfully, and what are benefits or drawbacks of large-scale networks? What is the added-value of strategic networks with institutional partners as opposed to conducting research at an individual level – is there one? How have the pandemic and geopolitical events of the past several years affected research and research collaboration?

Input & panel: Prof. Jannis Androutsopoulos (Universität Hamburg), Dr. Effrosyni Chelioti (Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft), Dr. Kathrin Knodel (DFG), Dr. Thore Posske (Universität Hamburg), Laura Wilton (The Royal Society), Victoria Reichl (European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations), Moderation: Dr. Hans Behringer (Universität Hamburg, CUI)

1-2 pm Lunch break

2-3 pm Plenary, resumé and concluding words

We are looking forward to delving into this often overlooked, but crucial area of research with you.

PS: Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to ulrike.dorfmueller/a/