Professor Kern spoke about the fundamental importance of international scientific and academic exchange for the University of the Bundeswehr, as well as about the value of cooperation with players from Munich’s research and innovation system. Alongside partners from the Greater Munich area, this includes, in particular, the City of Munich itself. Professor Kern stressed the importance of international visitors in bringing new approaches and, above all, fresh ideas to Munich. International ties boost the quality of research and teaching.
Professor Dr. Justin Sydnor then spoke about his current research in Munich and his personal motivation for coming to the city for one year. Professor Sydnor teaches management and insurance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, while in Munich he is a visiting scholar at the Munich Risk and Insurance Center at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. He explained that, for him, what makes Munich special compared to other cities is the close connection between academics and the business community. This close cooperation helps create a unique environment for research, science, and academia.
The event also featured a moresca dance performance by a dance group from the Technical University of Munich. The reception that followed was full of lively exchanges across all scientific and cultural boundaries.