12th Annual Christmas Meeting of German Economists Abroad
Just before Christmas the LMU had the pleasure to host the 12th Annual Christmas Meeting of German Economists Abroad. The conference was locally organized by Florian Englmaier and the team of the MGSE. German economists from international renowned economics departments followed the invitation to Munich. Many of the MGSE doctoral students used the opportunity to attend this local top-class conference and talk to experienced researchers from all over the world.
Not only did the affiliations of the guests vary greatly, but also the research they presented.
MGSE students had the chance to attend sessions from research fields of their own research interest as well as talks from other fields, both of which offered new perspectives and ideas on various topics.
The first of the two conference days was concluded with a plenary address by Monika Schnitzer. From her experience as an economics professor and also as president of the Verein für Socialpolitik and deputy chairwoman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation she addressed the current state of economics, the change it has undergone in the past decades and also the scope of improvement. Specifically, her speech was concerned with how economics is perceived outside academia, the need for careful communication of economic issues to non-academics and among economists as well as the change of gender roles in academia. Our graduate students received an insight into the changing nature of our profession as well as the responsibility that comes along with it.
In the evening the locals and guests got together in the world famous Hofbräuhaus for a traditional Bavarian dinner. The relaxed atmosphere allowed our doctoral students to easily mingle with the senior faculty and guests and offered a great opportunity to network with German economists outside the German academic environment. Naturally, one conversational topic was how the German economists have found their positions abroad and their experiences in the increasingly internationalized working environment.
The second day also offered interesting presentations which were well attended by our doctoral students. Coffee break and lunch were used to further connect with international academia and discuss own research ideas. The event released our students with interesting new insights into the subsequent holiday season.