The first International Research Week took place in the first week of May from 02 to 05 May
Researchers from ten different universities from Portugal, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and
Germany came together in Wernigerode to exchange and discuss ideas and approaches to relevant
research topics on a European level in various event formats. On the part of Ostfalia, researchers
from seven faculties were involved.
Panel Discussion am 03.05.2023, Fotograf: Yannick Waselkowski (Ostfalia Hochschule)
A special focus was placed on workshops during the International Research Week, in which
participants engaged in conversation about research approaches in the thematic areas of health,
mobility, digital transformation, and sustainability. Questions about the application process in
general and about European funding programs such as Horizon Europe and ERASMUS+ in particular were
discussed in the groups and with expert guests. In this context, trends, challenges and
opportunities for international research were discussed in particular with panel guests from both
universities as well as Helene-Olesja Betuch as representative of the state of Saxony-Anhalt at the
The event also provided ample space for participants to network and exchange ideas about their
own research projects. Kai Hillebrecht, Head of the International Relations Office and Deputy Head
of Knowledge and Technology Transfer at Ostfalia University, emphasized: "Scientific and social
networks are the basis for successful research".
The International Research Week came to a fitting conclusion with a visit to the Wolfenbüttel
campus and a tour of the newly created Open Mobility Lab as well as the laboratories for 3D
printing and robotics.
The International Research Week was organized jointly by the Harz University of Applied Sciences
and the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences as part of the weR-inteR project funded by the
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.