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Attention: Unfortunately, an incorrect price for the accomodation at the Youth Hostel Düsseldorf has appeared on flyers and the homepage. The correct price is 28,50€ per Night.


Good news: The deadline for the early bird participation fee has been moved. Until October 19th, registrations can still be made at "early bird" rates!

Welcome Meeting 2013 (25.-27.10.) / “Celebrating Diversity”


“ … as long as walls exist in our hearts to separate us from those who don't look like us, or think like us, or worship as we do, then we're going to have to work harder, together, to bring those walls of division down” (President Barack Obama, Berlin, 2013)


Dear Fulbrighter,


We would like to invite you to our annual Welcome Meeting which will be held for the first time since 2004 in the picturesque city of Düsseldorf am Rhein. 

The Fulbright Alumni Welcome Meeting is your chance to get to know our association and meet fellow Fulbrighters who have spent time in the US or who are currently part of their program in Germany. It's a great event to ease your re-entry (or entry) into Germany by sharing collected experiences and exchanging stories with other Fulbrighters.

2013 is a very special year for the transatlantic friendship. 50 years after John F. Kennedy’s visit to Germany, Barack Obama took this anniversary as an opportunity to visit the united Germany. Although the iron curtain has fallen, there are still various walls in our daily lives. We would like to invite you to share and discuss with us where you think the greatest walls of today’s society exist. What are your thoughts on how we can overcome these barriers or is it sometimes even in our best interest to keep certain walls in place?


We look forward to meeting you.

Best regards in the name of the organizing committee,

Johannes Schulz & Vinzent Strobel & Carsten Kuschnerus and the entire board of the Fulbright Alumni e.V.

Registration / Conference Fees

Please register here.

Conference Fees

Early Bird (Registration until October 10th): 
Regular: 30 €
Students, Returnees, Current US Grantees, Regional Coordinators: 20 €

After October 10th:
Additional 15€

The fee covers apart from the participation at the conference the following meals on Saturday: small breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (drinks are not included at the dinner).

Please note: With your registration you agree that pictures from the event (which may include you) may be published within a password secured section of the Fulbright Alumni e.V. homepage or within our yearly publication.


We are thankful for the support of the U.S. Embassy in Germany


We are thankful for the support of the Boston Consulting Group




Himmel & Ähd
Nordstraße 53 
Düsseldorf 40477
[U-Bahn Nr. 78, 79: Nordstraße]

7 PM

Get together



The Boston Consulting Group
Stadttor 1
40219 Düsseldorf
[Straßenbahnen Nr. 704, 209 / Bus: 726, 725: Stadttor]

09.15 - 10.00 AM

Registration / Coffee

10.00 - 10.30 AM

Official Welcome

10.30 - 11.15 AM

The Fulbright Alumni e.V. (David Patrician)

11.15 – 11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.15 PM

Networking accelerated (Vinzent Strobel)

12.15 - 01.15 PM

Lunch break

01.15 – 02.45 PM


02:45 – 3.15 PM

Coffee Break

3:15 - 5:00 PM

Keynote Speech and Conclusion

From 6:30 PM

Dinner + Party
Hausbrauerei „Zum Schlüssel“
Bolkerstraße 41 – 4740213 Düsseldorf
Tel: 0211 828955 0
[Straßenbahnen Nr: 703, 706, 712, 713, 715,
U-Bahn Nr.: 70, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79: Heinrich-Heine-Allee (Altstadt)]

Around 11:30 PM

Dance out at the "Lustwandel"



10:00 - 12:30 PM

Schwan am Burgplatz
Mühlenstraße 2
40213 Düsseldorf
[Straßenbahnen Nr: 703, 706, 712, 713, 715,
U-Bahn Nr.: 70, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79: Heinrich-Heine-Allee (Altstadt)]

Brunch is offered as a buffet at 11.95€ per Person which is to be paid directly at the Schwan am Burgplatz.

1:00 - 2:30 PM

City Tour of Düsseldorf

Start: Kay-und-Lore-Lorentz-Platz 1

Fee: 5€


The Boston Consulting Group: How to become a management consultant

Get inside information from the daily work and life of a senior management consultant at one of the world’s best known Consulting Enterprise “The Boston Consulting Group”. Experience in an interactive discussion the current working environment from one of the world’s most diversified, interesting and challenging industry.

Bryan Baker: How to survive Germany?

Tips and tricks to help you not only survive your year in Germany, but to make the best of it!  Presentation format with interactive discussion.  German participants also welcome as in past years they have improved the quality of discussion and insight.

Bryan Baker participated in the Fulbright program from 2005 - 2007, which ended with an internship in Frankfurt am Main, where he currently lives and works.

Dr. Benjamin Becker: From Assimilation to Integration. Intercultural Education in Germany and beyond

Intercultural education is one of the key concepts in today’s educational and societal system. In contrast to earlier, deficit-oriented concepts, it regards ethnic diversity as a ‘normal’, positive state, and thus recognizes Germany’s status as an immigration country. The workshop serves two purposes: First, to give an overview of the historical and the current intercultural discourse; and second, to discuss pressing questions of cultural identity. While Germany will be the focal point of discussion, (transatlantic) connections will be drawn.

Benjamin Becker spent his Fulbright year as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Emory University in Atlanta, GA (from 2007-2008). Since his return to Germany, he has been an active member of the transatlantic alumni community. From 2010-2012, he wrote a dissertation on intercultural education.

Daniel Ziegert: Photography

We are constantly surrounded by photographic images. They are used to sell goods and change opinions; they have become an art form and even cause revolutions. This workshop will provide hands-on ways to improve your own photography with a few simple tricks from a pro. BYOC (Bring your own camera/ smartphone). 

Daniel Ziegert is a people and advertising photographer from Düsseldorf and Fulbright alumni '95/'96 (Rochester, NY)


Sherif El-HelaifiSocial Entrepreneuership

"What would you do if money wouldn't play a role?" "Today, the generation Y wants to have a meaningful profession." Statements and questions like these are very prominent in publications that are written about the generation aged between twenty and thirty. Using the example of "Schülerpaten Deutschland", this workshop will discuss the influences that this generation has on the global society with a specific focus on social entrepreneurship.

Sherief El-Helaifi is Fulbright alumnus (University of California Berkeley, 2011 / 2012) und recipient of the Jürgen Mulert Award on Mutual Understanding 2013. He studies industrial engineering and is part of the foundation of "Schülerpaten Deutschland", which emerged from the Schülerpaten Berlin e.V.


Mr. Thomas S. Miller

Minister Counselor for Public Affairs
Embassy of the United States of America


If you have questions regarding the registration, the event venues, or the program, please contact the Fulbright Alumni e.V. office, ideally via e-Mail.


Rooms have been reserved at the Hostel „Jugendherberge Düsseldorf“, Düsseldorfer Straße 1. The beds can be booked until October 10th. The costs for an overnight stay are 28,50 € per person per night and have to be reserved and paid directly at the hostel. Please reserve the beds using the reference “Fulbright”.

Further hotels and information on the city of Düsseldorf can be found on the known web pages.


For transportation, please get in touch with the Regional Coordinators.

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