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Welcome Meeting 2016

Dear Returnees, current Grantees, long-term Fulbrighters, friends and sponsors,

we kindly invite you to join our annual Welcome Meeting which will take place in the beautiful Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on the weekend of October 21-23, 2016.

Jan Schacht (Event Manager), Thevagar Mohanadhasan (Vice President Events) and the entire board of the Fulbright Alumni e.V.


Friday, October 21, 2016

6.00 PM

Reception at U.S. Consulate General Hamburg

Please note: Make sure you will be at the entrance gate (south) by 5.30 PM

Please bring an accepted form of identification (Passport, German Personalausweis); otherwise you will be denied access to the premises. The wine reception will start at 6.00 PM sharp. Please do not bring any luggage or bags, as well as photo devices, including smartphones, as these items are not allowed on the premises of the U.S. Consulate General. Carrying on these items would delay the security screening process. We suggest to check in at your accommodation prior to attending the reception.


U.S. Consulate General Hamburg
Alsterufer 27/28 
20354 Hamburg 

[S21/S31: Hamburg Dammtor, U1: Stephansplatz, Bus: 4/5/109 to Dammtor]

9.00 PM


Esplanade 6, 20354 Hamburg

[ S21, S31: Hamburg Dammtor, U1: Stephansplatz, Bus 4/5/109: Stephansplatz; in walking distance of U.S. Consulate General]

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Forum Finkenau
Finkenau 35
22081 Hamburg

10.15 - 11.00 AM

Registration / Morning Coffee and Tea

11.00 - 11.20 AM

Official Welcome

11.20 - 11.30 AM

Keynote Introduction / Living the Fulbright Spirit #1 

11.30 AM - 12.30 PM

Keynote Speech and Q&A with Richard Yoneoka, U.S. Consul General Hamburg


Living the Fulbright Spirit #2

1.00 - 2.00 PM

Networking Lunch

2.00 - 3.00 PM

Icebreaker Session / Participant Presentations

2.30 - 3.20 PM

Group Photo & Coffee Break

3.20 - 5.00 PM


Join the Fulbright Spirit

The Perfect Interview

Digital Communication Now

Education is Power - Teaching Language and Culture in Germany


Fulbright Alumni e.V. Regional Chapter Jour Fixe

from 6.30 PM


from 9.30 PM


Experience Hamburg's nightlife at Frieda B. and Chikago Bar

[S1, S3: Reeperbahn; U3: St. Pauli]

Sunday, October 23. 2016


HAW Hamburg (Forum Finkenau)

Finkenau 35, 22081 Hamburg



Mentoring Breakfast (optional)

Dive deep into the Fulbright Alumni e.V. and experience our unique mentoring approach to build strong ties and to benefit from the global Fulbright network.

2.00 - 3.30 PM

Tour 1

1.30 - 3.00 PM

Tour 2

2.30 - 4.30 PM

Tour 3 

1.45 PM

Tour 4



Getting there...

Impressions from last year....


Update (October 7 @ 6.30 PM):

The Welcome Meeting 2016 is finally sold out. Due to the overwhelming number of registrations for participation, we had to close the registration period.

If you still wish to participate in the Welcome Meeting 2016, please send an E-Mail with the subject line "FA - WM2016: Late Registration" to welcomemeeting[at]fulbright-alumni.de. Depending on cancellations by other participants, you might be able to move up to an available space. 


Returnees, Current U.S. Grantees, Students: Optional additional costs:

Tour 1 "Elbphilharmonie and Hafencity" (EN):
Tour 2 "Tiefbunker Steintorwall" (DE):
Tour 3 "Concentration Camp Memorial Neuengamme" (EN):
Tour 4 "Miniature Wonderland Tour and Entrance Fee" (EN):
Please bring your student ID for all tours, if applying to you.

Please note


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


We are thankful for the support of the School of Design, Media, Information at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW Hamburg)


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

Accommodation Advice

The following accommodations are general suggestions. As with all major cities, please book your accommodation early in advance and consider shared rooms / apartments to save on fees for overnight accommodations. You may also take into consideration to share rooms with other Fulbrighters, if availability is low.

Getting to Hamburg

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

Other modes of transportation:

General car sharing

Travel by bus to Hamburg ZOB (Zentraler Omnibus Bahnhof)

Travel by train to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof

Dress Code

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


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


2. Vanessa Wergin: The Perfect Interview

Have you ever wondered how to make a perfect first impression during a reception, a conference, or at an interview? Learn about some useful tricks that may help you in a situation where you want to leave a lasting impression. You can also learn about typical HR recruiting officers and their scanning and selection methods.

Vanessa holds a M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Frankfurt, with a focus on human resources. She spent her Fulbright year at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and is currently the president of the board of the German Fulbright Alumni e.V.

3. Prof. Dr. Steffen Burkhardt: Digital Communication Now5. Esther Taeubert:  Education is Power - Teaching Language and Culture in Germany

Do you carry a bunch of pencils to work every day? Have you given out tissues and other supplies to students? Have you had trouble explaining the use of past perfect and simple past? Have you had kids listening to you with eyes wide-open when you told them about the U.S.? Welcome to teaching! This session aims at preparing and supporting the current ETAs with information and ideas in their role in the German education system. Teaching ideas, communication with colleagues and the role of digital media are touched upon, in a mix of talk and activities - just like in the classroom!

Esther Taeubert was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Lycoming College, Pennsylvania in 2014/15. She has had the chance to work with students of all ages so far and is currently doing her student teaching in the city of Hamburg.

FAeV Regional Chapter Jour Fixe

This jour fixe addresses the different activities of the regional chapters and questions the portfolio of these activities. Are we prepared for the upcoming changes of the German Fulbright program? This jour fixe is offered to the representatives of the regional chapters and interested members.

Ning Wang studied Aerospace Engineering in Stuttgart where he obtained his diploma. He spent his Fulbright year 2011/2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Currently, he is working towards his PhD degree at Airbus Group Innovations in Munich. In 2015, Ning was elected as Vice President Members for the German Fulbright Alumni e.V.

Mentoring Breakfast

Dive deep into the Fulbright Alumni e.V. and experience our unique mentoring approach to build strong ties and to benefit from the global Fulbright network.

Participant Presentations and Experience Reports

In this section, the Welcome Meeting 2016 is yours! Hand in your experience reports and tell us about your achievements during your year abroad. We will select the most impressive presentations to feature them in the Participant Presentations section. You can submit your contribution at register.fulbright-alumni.de after registering for the Welcome Meeting.

Tours on Sunday

Meeting point: Tiefbunker Steintorwall, near Hauptbahnhof.

The largest model railway in the world and one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Northern Germany. The railway is located in the historic Speicherstadt district of the city. In September 2015, the railway consisted of 15.400 meters (50.525 ft) of track in HO scale, divided into seven sections: Harz, the fictitious city of Knuffingen, the Alps and Austria, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia, Switzerland and a replica of the Hamburg Airport. Of the 6.400 square meters (68.889 sq ft) of floor space, the model takes 1.300 square meters (13.993 sq ft). The exhibition includes 930 trains consisting of over 14.450 carriages, 335.000 lights, 228,000 trees and 215.000 human figurines. Meeting point: Kehrwieder 2, Block D, 20457 Hamburg - Speicherstadt.

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