U.S. Consulate General visits the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung
On 6 February 2019, the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) welcomed a delegation of the U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf. Aim of the visit was to strengthen the exchange and cooperation between the MPIE and scientific institutions in the USA. "I am impressed with how much dedication the young scientists are conducting their research in the field of materials science. The institute uses the latest technologies and is a driving force for innovation," said U.S. Consul General Fiona Evans, who visited the MPIE along with Ken Walsh, Commercial Consul, and Kirsten Hentschel, Commercial Specialist.
The recently appointed U.S. Consul General and her delegation explored some of the MPIE’s laboratories and learned about current research projects. Ways to promote young scientists, and in particular women in science, were discussed. In this context, the MPIE presented the successful doctoral programme "International Max Planck Research School for Interface Controlled Materials for Energy Conversion" (IMPRS-SurMat), which supports talented master graduates to undertake their Ph.D. in a structured three-years programme. "The support of young scientists is very important to us. And since the proportion of women in physics and engineering is traditionally lower than that of men, we recently set up a special mentoring programme for female scientists led by Prof. Christina Scheu”, said Prof. Gerhard Dehm, director at the MPIE and head of the department “Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials”.
The MPIE offers scientists from Germany and abroad the opportunity to conduct research at the highest international scientific level. The doctoral programme, mentoring for female scientists and the recently established International Office are important factors in supporting young researchers.