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Welcome Meeting 2014: “An interconnected world”

Discover Hamburg with the German Fulbright Alumni Association on November 14th-16th 2014

“The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world.” (J. William Fulbright)

Dear Fulbrighter and Friends,

We would like to invite you to our annual Welcome Meeting which will be held for the first time in the picturesque Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

The Fulbright Alumni Welcome Meeting is your chance to get to know our Association and meet other people who have spent time in the US (just recently or several years ago) or that are currently part of their program in Germany. Sharing is caring; this event is a perfect opportunity to not only share your experiences but also to ease your re-entry (or entry) into Germany by networking, chatting and socializing with people of diverse backgrounds but a common open-minded spirit.

Being Germany’s “Gate to the World”, Hamburg offers various chances and places to share your story on your very own transatlantic exchange or global experiences you have made. We would like to invite you to share and to exchange your idea of an interconnected world, that offers countless opportunities as well as plenty of threats, we might not even be aware of.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Best regards in the name of the organizing committee,

Marion Schweighart & Carsten Kuschnerus and the entire board of the Fulbright Alumni e.V.


We are thankful for the support of the Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V.

We are thankful for the support of the US Embassy in Germany and the US Consulate General, Hamburg.


Registration is open and will close on October 31st. Your registration is completed once the money is transferred to the bank account which will be delivered to you with your registration confirmation. If you have not completely registered until November 1st, you will not be able to attend the wine reception at the General Consulate Hamburg on Friday evening.

Please register here.


Regular: 35 €
Students, Returnees, Current US Grantees: 25 €
Tours during the weekend: 10€ per tour.
Brunch Buffet on Sunday morning: 8,90€ + Beverage

Please note: Please bring your Student ID, if you are participating at any tour.

Apart from your participation in the conference, the fee covers the Wine Reception at the U.S. General Consulate on Friday and the following meals on Saturday: morning network Coffee , 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 Frankly.
Further information under www.fulbright-alumni.de.


If you have questions regarding the registration, the event venues, or the program, please contact the Fulbright Alumni e.V. via email: welcomemeeting(at)fulbright-alumni.de.


If you already want to book accommodation facilities close by:

Low Budget:

Moderate / Medium Budget

Higher Priced / Fancy Place

Transportation to/from Hamburg

Car sharing opportunities are generally available. If you are looking for an empty car seat at a fellow Fulbrighter please contact the nearest Fulbright Alumni e.V. regional coordinator. Further information on the regional chapters can be found on our homepage.

Dress Code

The dress code for the entire week-end is casual (come as you like), except for the wine reception at the U.S. Consulate General, for which we would like to ask you stick to a more formal dress code. However, a tie is not required.



6 pm

Wine Reception
The wine reception will start at 6 p.m. sharp. Please do not bring any luggage or bags and no photo devices (including smart phones) since these items are not allowed within the general consulate or they would delay the security screening process. 
Please note: Make sure your will be at the entrance gate (south) by 5:30 p.m. at the latest, as security screening may take a while. Please bring a form of accepted identification (Passport, German Personalausweis); otherwise you will be denied access to the building.

US General Consulate Hamburg
Alsterufer 27/28
Hamburg 20354

[U&S-Bahn: Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, S-Bahn:
Hamburg Dammtor or Stephansplatz]

9 pm

Get together

Kosmos St. Liederlich
Paul-Rosen-Str. 25, St. Pauli

[Bus Stop: Große Freiheit]


Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V.

Am Sandtorkai 48
20457 Hamburg
[U-Bahn: Baumwall]

10.15 - 11.00 am

Get Together

11.00 - 11.15 am

Official Welcome

11.15 - noon

Living the Fulbright Spirit (David Patrician)

noon - 1.00 pm

Networking Accelerated and International Quiz

1.00 - 2.00 pm

Lunch Break

2.00 - 3.00 pm

Key Note Speech: Robert Gatehouse

Robert R. Gatehouse is the Political and Economic Officer at the US Consulate Leipzig. He is an Alumni of the German-American Fubright Program: He visited Chemnitz in 1997-1998 as a Fulbright Fellow.

3.00 - 3.30 pm

Coffee Break

3.30 - 5.00 pm

Workshops or Tours

Please note: The tours will probably not be finished before 6.00 p.m. / 6.30 p.m.

from 7.30 pm


Rheinische Republik
Stadthausbrücke 1-3
20355 Hamburg

from 10.00 pm

St. Pauli Party Night

Sommersalon Hamburger Berg
Hamburger Berg 6


from 10.00 am - noon


Chakra Café Schanze
Susannenstraße 11
20357 Hamburg
[S&U-Bahn: Sternschanze]

from 1.00 pm

City Bunker Tour


David Wedepohl: A sunny future? Solar Energy

This session will explore the "how" of the Energiewende - the German energy turnaround - and the role solar energy can play in it. It will also touch on business models that work in different markets: Due to continuing decreases in electricity production costs, as well as increasing deregulation for energy producers and rising electricity prices in many markets worldwide, the sales and marketing of solar power represents an interesting new field of business. In many markets, domestic electricity customers, in particularly commercial and industrial ones, are confronted with unpredictable electricity price increases, often some level of network instability as well as high maintenance costs for diesel generators. These consumers are increasingly shifting their orientation and looking for solutions to facilitate direct consumption and attain planning security – both in terms of energy production and for economic reasons. The country with most experience in the utilization of solar energy is Germany. We will explore the role and limits of solar power for the global and German energy supply and how it integrates with other technologies to form a decentralized energy system. We will discuss the challenges and the solutions of solar energy as a part of the energy mix for future generations. The workshop addresses various possibilities to utilize solar energy today.

David studied journalism in Germany and at the American University in Washington, where he started his career as a press officer at the German embassy. He got involved in the solar industry during his employment at an American consulting company. Starting in 2009, David is now the head of the market and communications department at the German Solar Indutry Association (Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft).

Vanessa Wergin: The perfect Interview

Have you ever wondered how you can increase your chances to make a perfect first impression during a reception, a conference, or at an interview? Learn some tricks to peak your charisma when it comes to this point where you need to make a remarkable and memorable impression. You can also learn about typical HR recruiting officers and their scanning and selection methods.
Vanessa holds a MSc in Psychology from the University in Frankfurt, with a focus on human resources. She spent her Fulbright year at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and is currently the vice president for members for the board of the German Fulbright Alumni e.V.




Tours on Satuday Afternoon:

  • Tour "Elbphilarmonie":
    Take a tour of one of the most prestigious constructions sites in Germany. The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg was inspired by the famous Opera House in Sydney and shall “soon” officially welcome all visitors that arrive at the Hamburg harbor, just like the Australian role model. Be one of the few who actually get to see this controversial building from inside before it will officially open (who knows when) and form your own opinion on this project.
    The tour will start at 4 p.m. and due to the exclusive nature of this guided tour there is a limit of a maximum of 20 people. Thus, slots will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. The fee to participate at this tour is €10 per person.
  • Tour "Sankt Pauli":
    Auf der Reeperbahn Tags um halb …vier, is life not as glamorous as it is at night. During the day, however, this famous tune from Hans Albers seems to be far away. “Reeperbahn” is probably the best known street in all of Germany. Take a tour of this internationally well-known harbor district of Hamburg. During the day you can have a look behind the scenes and explore Sankt Pauli as most tourists would never imagine it to be. The tour will show you various new and unexpected aspects about this multifaceted, colorful urban district. A local guide who has been trolling the streets and scenes of Sankt Pauli all his life will show you St. Pauli beyond tourist traps and gags. The fee to participate at this tour is €10 per person.

Tour on Sunday Afternoon:

  • Tour Hamburg “Weltkriegsbunker”:
    Get a last glimpse! Discover Hamburg as you have never seen it before. In the early half of the century various constructions were built in order to find shelter underground, leaving an enormous system behind that only very few got to see. Although located right under our feet (for example under the main railway station) these constructions provided shelter in times of war and constant airstrikes hitting the city center of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Some of these shelters are up to three stories high (low) accumulating to more than 150 rooms. Join us on this exclusive tour and learn more about these shelters, the history of Hamburg and World War II in Europe.
    During this tour you will get a chance to discover one of the last original shelters, which will soon be demolished, as well. Get a last glimpse of this underground world, listen to stories and anecdotes that you would never get to hear in an ordinary city tour and discover the other side of downtown Hamburg. The fee for the tour will be €10 per person.
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