Overseas Exchange Programs:

I have spent a considerable amount of time living and working in Germany, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cologne and subsequently through five sabbatical leaves; one in Munich, three in Constance, and the latest one in Darmstadt (Julius Kühn Institute for biological control) as a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. As a recipient of the Humboldt Research Fellowship, my lab is eligible to serve as a host for German scholars through the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship program of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.

As a member of the Humbodt Association of Canada, I also encourage early career scholars to attend and participate in the multi-disciplinary "Kolleg". These very stimulating meetings are supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and have been held around the themes of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and most recently, Time.

Through these experiences, I have developed a network of connections potentially serving as excellent cooperative exchanges. For example, funding for short term studies of Canadian Students in Germany is possible through the Ontario-Baden Württemberg exchange program. Because relatively few basic science students apply to this program, most of the scholarships are given to liberal arts students so there are incentives for science students to consider this program.

The experience of studying abroad is a definite advantage and unique opportunity to all students, but especially if they are considering to work after their studies for an international agency or business. The major requirement for the Ontario-Baden Württemberg student exchange is a full German language course. I would encourage all interested students to include this course as an option early in their programs and I would be pleased to discuss these ideas further with any interested student.

If you are interested in other exchange possibilities, check out the Queen's Exchange web site. Information on the programs sponsored by the Alexander  von Humbodt Foundation for students, postdoctoral felllows and faculty can be found here.

Last modified: 2016 05 10