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Good to know - Germany

Finding your way around in a new country can be quite difficult at times. Our "Good to Know" information sessions aim to help you gain a better understanding of some important aspects of everyday life in Germany.

Germany has a reputation for having one of the best social security systems in the world. At its core, the social security system is based on five pillars: health insurance, long-term care insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance and accident insurance.

But how does the system actually work? Which insurances are available for international researchers? What differences apply to researchers with a work contract and those with a scholarship? What are the benefits of statutory health insurance? What do you need to consider when seeing a doctor? Which additional private insurances are beneficial for international researchers? All these questions will be addressed in this information session. Furthermore, the event will provide time to address participants' individual questions.

Lecturer: Sigrun Wegener-Feldbrügge (JUNO)

Online Seminar: 12.04.2021 at 5:00 pm - Register here!
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

Who will pay my pension some day...?

As a scientist working at a university or research facility in Europe, you are part of a highly skilled and mobile workforce. Especially due to your mobility questions, uncertainties may arise when it comes to your social security and old-age provision. FindyourPension and VBL will inform you about the German and European Pension Scheme, the VBL occupational pension scheme, your pension rights and possibilities for refunds of contributions.

The event is organized together with the Max-Planck-Institute for Eisenforschung Düsseldorf (MPIE). International researchers from the MPIE and from HHU Düsseldorf are welcome to attend our information session on the German pension system and VBL.

Online seminar: 16.04.2021 at 4:00 pm
Participation is free, registration until April, 3rd required. Please send an email to for registration.

A variety of institutions with diverse objectives and interests characterise the German research landscape. In this seminar, participants will learn about the German higher education system, non-university research institutions as well as possible entry positions and funding opportunities for international junior scientists. In addition, the seminar will also present career prospects beyond research positions.

Lecturer: Uta Brunner (JUNO)

Online Seminar: 10.06.2021 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Register here!
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required