Dear members, partners & friends,

hopefully you saw our survey request we sent out yesterday. Thank you to those who have already responded. If you have one minute, we appreciate your feedback as we are thinking about our Annual GABC Gala and a possible virtual format -- follow the link below.

Governor Baker issued a new travel order today that will go into effect on August 1st. If you are currently out of state or planning to visit Massachusetts -- you should pay attention. We have updated our compilation of travel guidelines accordingly. Please remember, those are "ohne Gewähr" and compiled to the best of our knowledge. Always double check before you are making plans.

Our press clippings today include a column by Scott Kirsner in the Boston Globe about the future of the innovation cluster in Boston. It may be far too early to tell (I personally remain optimistic), but his observations hit particularly home with me as I was in Boston twice this week and acutely felt this void of people and general activity. The fact that parking was a breeze or the train conveniently empty didn't make up for the lack of comforting city "busyness".

Enjoy summer and stay healthy.

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
Our annual Gala is typically our social event highlight of the year. We ask you (members and non-members) to weigh in on moving this into the virtual space (or not).

We know surveys can be cumbersome -- we kept this short and sweet, but your feedback is very valuable to us. The survey is anonymous. Thank you!
*** Thank you to all of you who have already responded ***
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
U.S. agrees to pay Pfizer and BioNTech $2 billion for 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine
July 22, 2020
" Under the agreement, the U.S. can acquire 500 million additional doses, the Department of Health and Human Services said. Germany-based BioNTech and Pfizer are jointly developing four potential vaccines. "

As seen in
Could COVID-19 split apart the cluster of innovators that gives Boston an edge?
July 21, 2020
"I want to focus just on the “cluster effect” that benefits places like Boston. Clusters get created when a group of people with experience in a particular field — software, biotech, financial services, sustainability — decide to stick around in a particular city and grow companies."

As seen in
Germany’s coronavirus response is a master class in science communication
July 21, 2020
" Germany, like many other countries, had a contingent of people who fought lockdowns and argued that  Covid-19  was a hoax. But it also had a handful of prominent scientists communicating regularly and openly with the public. That played a huge role in drowning out rumors and misinformation, locals tell CNBC. "

Gelesen im
Deutsche Niederlassungen in den USA leiden unter den Reisebeschränkungen
21 Juli 2020
" 72 Prozent der in den USA tätigen deutschen Unternehmen rechnen mit einem Umsatzrückgang. 32 Prozent wollen Arbeitsplätze abbauen. Aber immerhin 14 Prozent wollen mehr Mitarbeiter einstellen. "

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 7/24)
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"
UPDATE for Massachusetts as of 7/24: Today, Governor Baker issued a new travel order stating that e ffective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts are required to "Complete the  Massachusetts Travel Form  prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the  Department of Public Health; to q uarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day." More information
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.
Testing is also available at
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