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Winter School 2013 in Philadelphia

This year our annual Winter School was held from the 31st of October until the 3rd of November in Pennsylvania. While Hurricane Sandy put us in weather chaos in 2012, this year the sun gave its best to present Pennsylvania from its shiniest side.

As always, the Winter School has been a time of inspirational talks and highlighting scientific presentations. We celebrated last year´s successful work, which included two IRTG students finishing their doctoral theses as well as several poster and travel awards. Especially our young stipend holders put a lot of effort in shaping our program and presented their ongoing studies. These stipend holders are part of the last IRTG student generation as the current Research Training Group will end in 2015. Nevertheless, the Winter School encouraged us once again to strengthen and continue the collaboration between Aachen and Philadelphia.

The scientific program was enriched through invited talks by Ingo Vernaleken, Bruce Turetsky, Joe Kable and Dirk Feldmeyer. In thesis committee meetings, students had the possibility to discuss their projects with their German and American supervisors.

The relationship between American and European students was cordial and very interactive, fostered by interesting and enjoyable leisure activities. Our Welcome Dinner with a magnificent view over Pennsylvania from the 14th floor of the BBL Building will sure be remembered. Thanks to the contributors of the “Mask and Wig Club”, whose performance made for a great atmosphere at the Welcome Dinner. Some students also visited the Eastern State Penitentiary for a scary walk through the prison.

We are very happy that some American students decided to come to Germany for a research rotation in summer 2014. Last but not least, we look forward to welcoming our American friends and collaborators in Germany for our last Winter School in winter 2014.