PIER International



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Hamburg-MIT/Boston Network

With financial support of the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (BWFG), PIER helps to establish and strengthen research collaboration between Hamburg researchers and their colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The activities focus on the PIER research and competence fields Infection and Structural Biology, Photon Science, Nanoscience, Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Accelerator Research and Theoretical Physics. The medium term goal is to build up joint structured research (training) programs in research fields carrying a particularly high future potential for both sides.

During the two-year-long initial phase of the project, the PIER Office carries out different activities in order to establish contacts and intensify collaboration between researchers from Hamburg and MIT/Boston. The following activities have already taken place:

Photograph: Sampson Wilcox / MIT

On 6 September 2018, researchers from DESY, Universität Hamburg (UHH) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) presented potential joint research topics at a mini symposium at MIT. More information...


Photograph: Marta Mayer / DESY

On 21-22 January 2019, a Hamburg-MIT/Boston Network Workshop took place in Hamburg. It was open to all Hamburg and MIT researchers from the PIER research and competence fields who are interested in joint research activities with colleagues from the respective partner institution(s) overseas. The aim of the workshop was to define a pool of possible joint research projects of high common interest where joint applications for external funding will be most promising. More information...


Photograph: Marta Mayer / DESY

Following the initial workshop in January, PIER invited DESY and UHH researchers planning to intensify collaboration with their MIT/Boston colleagues to apply for seed funding for joint projects. In May 2019, the PIER Executive Board selected ten HH-MIT/BOS Seed Projects for funding.