San Francisco to host the AAAS Annual Meeting, Feb. 15-19, 2007

February 13, 2007

The German State of Baden-Württemberg will present its research landscape for the first time at the world's largest and most significant international scientific conference - the AAAS (American Association for the Ad-vancement of Science), which will take place in San Francisco from 15th - 19th February 2007. In 2006, the universities and research institutions from the state had presented together with Baden-Württemberg International at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in Munich, the European equivalent of the AAAS. Now the German Southwest will be travelling further a-field in order to convey the excellence of research in Baden-Württemberg to an international target group.

"We would like to use this conference to inform the public about the impressive research infra-structure, the excellent quality of research and the outstanding conditions in this federal state", states Ulrich Mack, Head of the Department for Science, Research and the Arts at Baden-Württemberg International. "Baden-Württemberg has belonged to one of the most innovative re-gions in Europe for some time and should not shy away from international comparison. Therefore the AAAS is an excellent platform to show young scientists, in particular, that there are places in Europe for a promising scientific career," he continued.

The success achieved in Baden-Württemberg has not happened by chance: Approx. 12.3 billion Euro, around 4% of the state's GDP, is invested in research and development per year. Investment in high and highest performance technology certainly pays off - with 120 registered patents per 100,000 inhabitants the "Land of Inventors" holds the record nationwide. Did you know, for example that it was here that Ludwigsburg-born Friedrich Kammerer invented phosphorus matches in 1832? Carl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach are renowned for their invention of the automobile and the invention of aspirin by the chemist Felix Hoffmann still helps people the world over. Due to this tradition of creativity in the state, it is no wonder that Nobel Prize winners spent formative years in their careers in the German Southwest: physicist Albert Einstein comes from Ulm, Professor Klaus von Klitzing, Nobel Prize winner for Physics in 1985, conducts research in Stuttgart and Professor Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (Nobel Prize winner for Medicine in 1995) in Tübingen.

At the exhibition, which is to accompany the conference, Baden-Württemberg International will be present at a booth where visitors will be provided with detailed information on Europe's number one region which excels in top technology and research. According to Mr. Mack, these offerings will generate a huge interest as Germany is becoming increasingly attractive for next generation researchers and scientists.

Baden-Württemberg International has a central role in the internationalisation and worldwide mar-keting of Baden-Württemberg and has substantial experience in this field. Baden-Württemberg International was entrusted with a new assignment at the beginning of 2005: the international marketing of the German Southwest as a science and research location.

The Annual Meeting will be held at San Francisco Hilton and Towers. Come and visit us at Stand 601!

Baden-Wurttemberg International

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