2012 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

2012 GAFOE Participant Information

The 2012 German-American Frontiers of Engineering will be held March 29-31, 2012 at the Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci, Potsdam. About 60 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Energy Storage, Implantable Electronics, Robotics for Hazardous Environments, and Nanomaterials and the Environment.  The event is intended to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourage the creation of a German-American network of world-class engineers.

Meeting Format

The symposium runs from Thursday morning through Saturday lunch. In order to achieve the objectives of the program, we ask that you attend all sessions of the entire symposium. This meeting is unlike other meetings you may attend where it is possible to pick and choose the sessions in which you wish to participate. In addition to showing consideration toward all the speakers, who have worked hard preparing for this meeting, you will reap the maximum benefit from the symposium by participating fully in both the formal sessions and informal events over the course of the 2-1/2 day meeting. There is a welcome reception/registration on Wednesday evening at the Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci.

Posters: In addition to the technical talks given at the symposium, attendees will have an opportunity to present their work in an afternoon poster session on Thursday, March 29. These posters will be displayed throughout the meeting and provide an opportunity for every participant to share information about his/her work. The material presented can be on posters, but could also include -- particularly for those from industry -- videos, demonstrations of devices, etc.  (Please let us know in advance if you plan to use any sort of device.) Unfortunately, NAE does not have funding available to cover the cost of poster production and they do not have the facilities to print out any electronic files at the meeting site.  If this is a factor, the information can be presented on individual sheets of paper.  Tacks will be provided.  Display board dimensions are 1.50 m.(h) x 1.20 m.(w).

Tours:   There will be a little free time on Friday afternoon followed by a cultural tour from 5 p.m. before dinner.


The meeting will be held at the Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci in Potsdam. It is served by Berlin-Tegel Airport  and Berlin-Schönefeld Airport.

Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci
Allee nach Sanssouci 1
14471 Potsdam
Phone: +49 (0) 331-90910

Ground Transportation

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Additional information can be found at the Alexander von Humboldt meeting website.