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

Are you interested in building connections with international researchers from around the world?

Our JUNO Office offers you the chance to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere and to get-to-know other national and international researchers from HHU. We organize a JUNO regulars' table that is held in English.

During each regulars' table, we will discuss different cultures, languages ​​and our own international experiences. You also have the opportunity to talk about other interests and learn new things from each other.

When? Wednesday, 20th September 2023, 6 p.m. 
Where? Scotti's Restaurant  -  Christophstraße 2, 40225 Düsseldorf; Food and Drinks need to be paid on your own.

Would you like to participate? Please Register here!

Walking Tour for Researchers

Would you like to discover the beautiful city of Düsseldorf and its exciting history on an entertaining walking tour? How about finding out why the renaissance tower of the famous church of St. Lambertus is twisted? You can experience that and much more on the Urban Walking Tour Düsseldorf for Researchers.

Walking tour: 19.10.2023 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Register here! We’ll go for food & drinks afterwards!

Guides: Juliana Neves-Müller (JUNO) and Kristina Rubarth (JUNO)

Please note: Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Limited number of participants! (Max. 15)

Researchers from non-EU countries must apply for a residence permit at the Immigration Office. The correct residence permit depends on your individual situation. Among other things, your monthly income and whether you have an employment contract with the university or receive a scholarship all determine which type of residence permit you require or are able to obtain. Some residence permits are more favourable than others in terms of qualification for a permanent settlement permit in Germany or mobility rights in other EU countries. This information event will give participants an overview of the different residence permits for researchers and help them find out which residence permits they are entitled to.

Lecturer: Sigrun Wegener-Feldbrügge (JUNO)

Online Seminar: 02.11.23, 5:00 p.m. - Register here!
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

Depending on their source of income, international researchers living in Germany can be subject to German income tax. This information session will give an overview of the most important aspects of the German income tax for expats and try to tackle the most common questions arising such as: Do I have to pay income taxes? Do I need to make an income tax declaration? When do l have to file my tax return and how? Do I also have to pay taxes in my home country?

A Q&A session will be allocated at the end so as to tend to your personal questions. You are most welcome to send in any specific questions or areas you are interested in prior to the session.

Lecturer: Claudine Ndlovu (Research Associate “International Taxation & Business Law B.A”, Hochschule Rhein-Waal)

Online Seminar: 16.11.23, 5:00 p.m. - 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 by the Max-Planck-Institute for Eisenforschung Düsseldorf (MPIE). International researchers from the MPIE and from HHU Düsseldorf are welcome to attend the information session on the German pension system and VBL.

Online seminar: 07.12.2023 at 3:00 pm
Participation is free, but registration until November, 15th is 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: 11.12.2023 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Register here!
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required