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Open Ship Day on R/V “Sonne”

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

The Open Ship Day in the City of Sails was a full success! 1,500 Aucklanders came to visit the R/V “Sonne”, currently the most modern research vessel in the world and berthed at Princes Wharf East for all of 25 January.

Besides exploring the ship, visitors also went to the German Science Fair in the marquee by the ship, organised by the German Embassy Wellington and its partners in Auckland.

Many parents and their children made good use of the finals days of the summer holidays and learnt about study opportunities in tuition-free German public tertiaries, getting advice on university entry requirements, and courses and programmes at all levels taught in English-only, German&English, and German-only.

At the DAAD & Humboldt stand, many researchers, both burgeoning and established, got advice on funding postdoctoral and subsequent research trips to Germany.

The event marked the beginning of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the New Zealand-German Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in 1977. A very fruitful and wide-spread co-operation, it has seen to every 6th New Zealand researcher now having ties with partners in Germany over the years, thereby putting Germany in fourth place in the list of New Zealand’s top research partners. During their recent meeting, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed this strong link, paving the path for many more decades of close co-operation.

Pictures: Anna Bauer, Sabrina Schuster (DAAD)

R/V “SONNE” in Auckland

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

PRESS RELEASE from the German Embassy in Wellington, 13 Dec 2016

Open-Ship-event with German Research Vessel “SONNE” on 25 January 2017

The German research vessel R/V SONNE, currently implementing scientific cruises in the New Zealand marine environment, will call port in Auckland at the end of January 2017. Commissioned in 2014 R/V SONNE is considered one of the most modern multi-functional science vessels in the world. The new flagship of the German scientific fleet regularly conducts research cruises in the South Pacific.

The high-tech multi-disciplinary research vessel is equipped to cover a wide spectrum of ocean research like marine physics, geophysics, geology, chemistry, biogeochemistry and meteorology.

On Wednesday, 25 January 2017, the ship will berth at Princess Wharf East and open its doors for interested members of the public between 9.00 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. There will be no entrance fee, access to the ship will be permitted on a first come, first served basis.

The Open-Ship-day is kick-off event for our anniversary year marking 40 years of the “German- New Zealand Science Cooperation agreement”. As part of the Open-Ship the German embassy is organising a science fair presenting the intensive and wide-ranging cooperation of German and New Zealand scientists in the field of ocean, marine, coastal and polar research.

More and updated information on the ship and its visit to New Zealand can be found at the event
page at the Embassy website.
Or directly at http://t1p.de/SONNE

Regional Alumni Meeting in Auckland

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

dsc00222On Thursday, 27 October, 40 alumni of the DAAD and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and other guests came together in Europe House in Auckland. Organised by DAAD Lecturer Dr Anna Bauer, this was the first meeting in New Zealand to invite both, New Zealanders who were Germany alumni, as well as Germans who were New Zealand alumni and had stayed on or returned.

The meeting started at 5.15 p.m. with a brief welcome address by Dr Andrew Matthews, President of the New Zealand Association of Humboldtians, and Dr Anna Bauer. This was followed by an address by the new German Ambassador to New Zealand, Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann, whose term started in mid-2016.

Throughout the meeting, there were three more presentations on the theme of dsc00241the meeting: Outcomes of Academic OEs. The first of these was given by DAAD alumna Lauren Jackson, and she spoke about the role her links to German and Germany had played in her career as an actress, a director and a script writer. Afterwards, Rick Petersen, Senior Adviser International at MBIE, reported on the strong science links between New Zealand and Germany (about 14% of New Zealand researchers have co-operations with colleagues in Germany), speaking in more detail about two of the largest projects currently in progress: the INTERCOAST Marine Science project between the universities of Waikato and Bremen, and the Bionic Joint project of the Auckland Bioengineering Institut together with the Fraunhofer-Institut Stuttgart. The last presentation wrapped up the evening on a light-hearted note, as William Connor (standing in for his partner DAAD alumnus Steffen Kreft) spoke about their joint video project Lifeswap, which takes a close, yet always humorous look at the German-Kiwi culture clash.




Between and after presentations, guests took the opportunity to mix and mingle over drinks and nibbles, and forge new connections. The meeting ended around 8.30 p.m.


(Pictures: Astrid Wolter)

Encounter Europe is on for 2014!

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Long-running yearly staple Encounter Europe is on again!

What is that?
Encounter Europe is a 2-week introduction to Europe from a German perspective, exclusively for Kiwis and Aussies. The course includes several day trips to European and German centres of politics, law, economy etc.

Course language: English

Organisers: Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen & DAAD

When is it?
30 Nov – 13 Dec 2014

And where?
Otzenhausen, Germany
European Academy of Otzenhausen
Say what?
There. :)

larger view of map

Did you say day trips?
Yes! The group will be going to:

  • Trier (Universität / university)
  • Bonn (DAAD)
  • Luxemburg (Europäischer Gerichtshof / European High Court)
  • Straßburg (Europarat oder Europäischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte, Europäisches Parlament / EU senate or EU Human Rights Court and EU Parliament)

Have people done that before?
Yes — and they’ve lived to tell the tale even! See here.


  • 19 years or older
  • NZ or AUS national
  • enrolled as student at NZ or AUS uni (as undergrad, grad, postgrad or PhD student)
  • from relevant subject, e.g. European Studies, Law, International Relations, Commerce/Business with a European slant etc.
  • must have completed two years of uni studies by time the course begins


  • EUR 150 per person (payable upon arrival)
  • organise your own travel to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), travel from Frankfurt to Otzenhausen will be organised by the European Academy
    — And yes, there is a travel grant of EUR 625 per person from the DAAD.
  • organise your own travel insurance
  • bring your own pocket money for the two weeks there

How do I apply?

  1. download an application form here
    (or if that doesn’t work, request it from daad.australia@gmail.com)
  2. put one copy of your application together with:
    – application form
    – CV
    – statement of purpose (approx. 150 words) explaining why you want to attend the seminar and your interest in Germany and Europe in general
    – list of courses (with course number and titles) you’ve done so far that are relevant for the application, i.e. anything to do with Europe incl. European languages
    – short letter of recommendation by a professor or lecturer in your major field of study
    – up-to-date academic transcript (unofficial is fine) including brief explanation of grading system (e.g. printout of stardard mark grade scale used by your uni)
    – copies of degree certificates (if you’ve actually completed a degree or more already)
  3. and by 1 September mail it to (i.e. it has to be in Sydney by 1 Sept):
    Joern Hausner
    DAAD Information Centre
    c/o Goethe-Institut Sydney
    90 Ocean Street
    Woollahra NSW 2025

Decisions on applications are expected to come in end of September early October, sorry.

PAD scholarships for teaching assistants

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The PAD (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst — German Education Exchange Service) is offering scholarships again this year for Kiwis who want to assist in English classes in German secondary schools. See here for more information. Application deadline is 10 March 2016.

New DAAD representative in office

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

As of today, the new representative for the DAAD in New Zealand is in office, Dr Anna Bauer. For her University of Auckland webpage, see here.

I would like to thank my colleages at the University of Auckland and especially Yannick Müllender, who held the DAAD position until now, for extending such a warm welcome to me and for helping me to settle in.

A Bauer

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