DWIH San Francisco Opens Its Doors

The German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) San Francisco celebrated its opening with a gala at the Exploratorium in San Francisco on April 29th.

The DWIH San Francisco is the sixth institution of its kind in the world to act as a representative of German universities, research institutions and foundations abroad. Other locations are Tokyo, New York, Moscow, New Delhi and São Paulo.

San Francisco is an ideal location and meeting place to promote bilateral exchange, research and innovation, said Frithjof A. Maennel from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the opening in front of international guests, including representatives of German universities and scientific institutions.

Zahar Barth-Manzoori (credit: Barak Shrama)

Zahar Barth-Manzoori, director of the DWIH in San Francisco, said the aim was to open up new networks as a point of contact for academics and researchers, to further expand cooperation and to exchange information more intensively with US institutions. She named areas such as biotechnology, mechanical engineering, digitization, artificial intelligence and renewable energies as focal points.

The start-up scene and technology companies of Silicon Valley and renowned universities in Stanford and Berkeley are in the vicinity of the San Francisco location.

The DWIH is funded by the Federal Foreign Office; the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) manages the six institutions worldwide.