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Side Programme: Career Fair, Info-Lunches, Panel and Round-Table Discussions (27-29 November 2018)

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PASCAL │ November 26-30, 2018 │ WASCAL Headquarters, Accra, Ghana

Side Programme: Career Fair, Info-Lunches, Panel and Round-Table Discussions

Besides the HPC training and the hackathon, PASCAL offers a side programme. From November 27-29, 2018, we cordially invite you to get to know Germany as a place for excellent science. The programme aims to provide information on Germany as a science location, to foster the exchange between African and German scientists and to support scientists who are interested in a research stay in Germany.

© Alissa Aarts, privatAlissa is working for Jülich's Human Resources Department and has participated at different events like the European Career Fair 2017 in Boston. Alissa is organising the side programme and will also be on site in Accra.
Copyright: Alissa Aarts, private

Career fair

The career fair gives you the chance to talk to representatives of different organizations/departments, so that you can learn more about their activities. For example Forschungszentrum Jülich’s human resources department will show career opportunities at one of Europe’s biggest research centres.

The following partners will be represented with information stands and/or information material:

  • Forschungszentrum Jülich – Human Resources
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich – Corporate Development
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • University of Cologne
  • University of Bonn
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD - IC Accra)
  • Geoverbund ABC/J (the geoscientific network of the universities Aachen, Bonn, and Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich)
  • Centre of Excellence High-Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems (HPSC TerrSys)
  • International Soil Modeling Consortium (ISMC)


During the info lunches representatives of the DAAD (IC Accra) and Forschungszentrum Jülich are glad to present the German research landscape, Forschungszentrum Jülich as one of Europe’s largest research facilities and as an employer while you enjoy a delicious lunch.


You think of a research stay in Germany? You would like to talk to scientists who made this step and to learn more about their experiences? Then you should come to our panel discussion! Scientists from Africa who moved to Germany will share the experiences they gained during their stays in Germany with you and they will be glad to answer your questions.


Representatives of Geoverbund ABC/J, Forschungszentrum Jülich, University of Bonn and the DAAD (IC Accra) look forward to discuss topics such as “Pathways to a PhD in Germany” and “Career Paths for Scientists - From Research to Research Management” with you during the round table discussions. You will have the chance to visit different tables and get information about the specific topics – directly from experts of the respective fields while at the same time sharing your ideas and questions with the other participants.

Note: The side programme is currently in the planning – changes are possible and we will update this page regularly.

Side Programme Language

Please notice that the event language is English. All lectures, hands-on excercizes and the side programme will be held in English!

Registration & Costs

For everyone who is accepted as a participant, attendance is free of charge. The costs are covered by the PASCAL project which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Drinks and lunch will be provided. All participants need to cover their expenses for travel and accommodation by themselves. Early career scientists may apply for travel grants.

To apply as a participant (HPC training, hackathon and/or side programme), please use the online registration (registration closed) form. Please note that we have prolonged the deadline until 31 August 2018 to make it possible for applicants to apply for the now provided travel grants for early career scientists! You will receive a notification after the deadline whether your application was successful and you were granted a place (probably until 14 September 2018). We hope for your understanding that we will ask for proofs of your accommodation and/or your flight/train/bus booking for Accra to ensure that granted places will not be lapsed but can be offered to someone from the waiting list.

Travel Grants

Geoverbund ABC/J provides a limited number of travel grants for early career scientists applying for PASCAL. You are considered early career scientist, if you are a master’s student or a doctoral candidate (PhD student) or received your PhD within the last three years. You may also apply for travel grants, if you have already registered. Master and PhD students need to submit a short support statement from their advisor/supervisor. Holder of the PhD degree have to submit a copy of their doctoral certificate indicating the date of graduation.
To apply for a grant, use the travel grant application form (sorry, applications no longer possible). We cannot guarantee that all funds applied for will be granted and we reserve the right to cap them. Further arrangements regarding reimbursement of travel costs will be made after a candidate has been accepted for participation and has provided proofs of payment (e.g. invoice for flight ticket and/or accommodation booking).

Note on image and sound recordings

We would like to point out that during the event image and sound recordings are created, which we also use as part of our public relations work. By participating in the event, you agree to the use of this material.