Dear members, partners & friends,

We enjoyed our escape with the Young Professionals to tropical and warm places this week (yes, sadly via Google Maps, but nonetheless, those conversations lifted our spirits). We hope wherever you are vacationing this week, you can wind down and take a well deseved break.

And since so many of you are taking a break from emails, we are extending our #poll for another week to garner a few more responses and also get the important feedback : What exactly was it that made a virtual networking event successful for you? We are curious !

Finally, a quick reminder that GABC members can post resumes on our Web site. If you are interested in posting one, please reach out at ; subject: resume posting. For those currently out of work, on July 22nd photographers around the country are providing complimentary professional headshots as part of a nationwide one-day initiative . Pre-booking required.

Enjoy summer and stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
Weekly Poll
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News from our Sponsors
Bayer is Supporting Harvard Research Study to Evaluate Trust in Science, Including in COVID-19 Pandemic
Earlier this quarter, Bayer announced a partnership with the Harvard Data Science Initiative to support a research fund to investigate root causes of mistrust in science by leveraging data science, with particular emphasis on immediate proposals related to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

On June 27th, the Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI) announced funding for four research projects related to COVID-19 and trust in science. This is the first major milestone in a research fund by the HDSI supported by Bayer.

Bayer worked with the HDSI to create the Research Fund for Trust in Science , with its new focus on a COVID-19 Trust in Science RFP, the goal of which is to enable faculty across Harvard to study broad and diverse issues related to trust in science in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

This initiative aims to better understand public confidence and understanding of scientific data and research, in categories such as reliability, capability and integrity. Since December, Jon Giebel , Science Engagement Lead for North America , has been working with the HDSI to create this fund. “The Data Science Initiative offers the unique opportunity to bring in experts from across Harvard, and channel their passion and knowledge to create this COVID-19 trust in science research fund, and really understand what drives trust and mistrust in science,” said Jon Giebel. “The projects that are being funded through this RFP cover pertinent topics and partnerships and we can’t wait to see the results.”

Read the press release
From the German Consulate General
Falling Walls Lab: Call for Applications
Bachelor and master students, postdocs, young professionals, entrepreneurs and faculty members
are invited to apply until August 16

Falling Walls Lab is a platform for excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all disciplines who would like to present their research work, business model, innovative project or transformative idea in front of their peers and a distinguished jury from academia and business.

The call for applications is now open. Bachelor and master students, postdocs, young professionals, entrepreneurs and faculty members are invited to apply. Falling Walls Lab Boston offers an opportunity to pitch ground-breaking ideas and win a spot in the final global competition. If you are a finalist in Boston, you will have the opportunity to represent your institution in front of a virtual global audience during the Falling Walls Lab Conference and to compete for attractive cash and research prizes. 

The virtual Falling Walls Lab Boston will take place on  Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6 p.m. Applications can be submitted online until August 16 .

Other Events of Note
Women in World Trade: Helping New England Go Global Dawn Wivell and Linda Woulfe will discuss the various ways they have supported companies trying to get into overseas markets and the lessons learned from those engagements. What tends to make companies and other organizations more or less successful with their global journeys? Dawn Wivell, who was the founder and director of the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center, served on New Hampshire's International Trade Advisory Committee, and now runs international business development consulting firm, Firebrand International. Linda Woulfe is the Assistant Director of the Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Tuesday, July 28th, 12:15PM to 1:15PM EDT | Registration
In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
MilliporeSigma CEO jumps to top job at one of state's biggest life science firms
July 15, 2020
" Chris Ross , head of integrated supply chain operations, will step in as the interim head of MilliporeSigma following Batra’s departure, which became official Monday. "

As seen in
‘This is a significant victory’: Universities, students react to US decision to drop ban on international student visas
July 14, 2020
"Facing fierce opposition, the Trump administration on Tuesday dropped its  proposal  to bar international students from studying in the United States if all of their classes are taught online amid the coronavirus pandemic."

As seen in
Exclusive: EU in talks with Moderna, BioNtech, CureVac to secure possible COVID vaccines, sources say
July 17, 2020
" The bloc is also in talks with German biotechnology firms BioNtech and CureVac to buy in advance their potential vaccines, the sources said. Both firms, which have already been offered EU funds to develop their shots, declined to comment. "

Gehört in der
IfW-Präsident Felbermayr: „Der Export ist die Achillesferse des kommenden Aufschwungs“
17 Juli 2020
" Gabriel Felbermayr spricht mit Chefredakteur Beat Balzli und Bert Losse über die fragile Lage der Weltkonjunktur, die Gefahr eines zweiten Lockdowns in den USA – und das Siechtum der Welthandelsorganisation WTO. "

Open Position
The Goethe-Institut Boston is seeking to hire a part-time Maintenance Technician
(20 hours/week):

Responsibilities include maintaining buildings and installations, management of inventory and office supplies, regular monitoring of safety, functionality and cleanliness of the building and facilities, management of cleaning company, event set-up and support for IT infrastructure. Start date Fall 2020. German language skills a plus!

Travel (Updated 7/10)
As you may be thinking about summer travel plans, we compiled a few guidelines and restrictions that are in place. Please note that this may change at any time and please always refer to the most updated information issued by the respective countries.

Travel to Germany:
  • The German government, in coordination with the German states, has announced the easing of border restrictions with neighboring countries. On June 15, travelers already within the Schengen Zone will be able to travel more freely into Germany.
  • At this time, airlines are resuming additional direct flights between the United States and Germany. Please note: travel restrictions are still in effect for travel from the United States to Germany. (Source: U.S. Embassies & Consulates in Germany)
  • U.S. citizens who are not residents of the EU and do not fall into one of several narrow exceptions will be denied entry to Germany. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility that additional travel restrictions will be implemented with little or no advance notice. (Source: U.S. Embassies & Consulates in Germany)
  • In case you enter Germany from abroad and have been in a risk area* for 14 days prior to entry, generally, a 14- day quarantine is mandatory. Exceptions are possible in the case of a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 for a maximum of 48 hours before entry or after entry. Travellers from EU countries, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom are not required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Germany unless their entry is from a country with a high infection rate* and the corresponding regulation of the federal state** requires this. (Source: Robert Koch Institut)
  • UPDATE 7/1: As of July 1, the European Union announced the lifting of travel restrictions for some non-E.U. countries (see text here) but restrictions remain in place for the United States. (Source: U.S. Embasssies & Consulates in Germany)
  • UPDATE 7/10: *The Robert Koch Institut has determined that the entire U.S. is considerend a country with a high infection rate, and does not exclude certain states (as it did previously) The list ist being updated daily.

T ravel to U.S. from Europe
  • Foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States:
  • European Schengen area Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, and other individuals who meet specified exceptions who have been in one of the countries listed above in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States through one of 15 airports
  • After arriving to the United States from one of these countries, CDC recommends that travelers stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. (Source: CDC) UPDATE 6/26: Executive Order "Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak"
Covid-19 Testing at Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa has partnered with Centogene to offer fast PCR Corona tests. The test, certified by the relevant health authorities in Germany, only requires a throat swab and provides results within six hours. The test results are delivered via an app link.

Location : Frankfurt Airport between Terminal 1 and the long-distance railway station (ICE Bahnhof)
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Registration : via at
Cost : Standard Process : 59€ incl. VAT – Results within  6 hours  after sample receipt in >98% of cases
Express Process : 139€ incl. VAT – Results within  3 hours  after sample receipt in >98% of cases
For an additional charge of 9€, there is the option to add identity verification on to your purchase. Your identification details, including your passport number/travel document details, will be included on the medical report - verifying that the test results belong to you and have not been tampered with.
Young Professionals
The Young Professionals hosted their fourth virtual Stammtisch this past week. This time YP hosts Susanna Bächle and Thorben Beckmann invited the Stammtischler to share their dream vacations or travel destinations -- if only we could travel! Participants escaped (via Google maps) to Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Sardinia, South Africa and Sweden... and it was delightful. Join the YPs next time -- date to be announced soon.
Would you like to become a Mentor?
The  GABC YP Mentoring Program  brings together young and experienced professionals in purposeful, mutually rewarding relationships and involves engagement of both parties in exchanging ideas, discussing progress and setting goals for further development. The GABC YP mentorship program is looking for mentors in general , but also in particular to match with two GABC YP  Mentees.

Mentors needed with the following background:

  • chemical engineering with a higher degree and now works in the Healthcare sector, preferably in drug development for a mentee who just started his career
  • management consulting with focus on energy sector or experienced energy sector professional with network in the US.

If you are interested to provide mentorship in general or for one of the above mentees, please send an email to .
Young Professionals Want to Help
Are you in need of help?
If you are in the Metro Boston area, sick at home, alone and not able to go out to buy groceries, get to the pharmacy or are "stuck" in some other kind of way, reach out to the GABC YP Helpline . They may be able to assist you with a run to the store or assist in other ways.

Are you able to help?
Would you like to volunteer to help someone in need who is alone and appreciates the assistance?

Send an Email to the GABC YP Helpline:
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