Current Focus Topics

The German Center for Research and Innovation New York (DWIH) supports the exchange of ideas in areas of knowledge that will be critical in the future through events, networking and showcasing the work of German and international scholars. We focus on topics particular to the American research and innovation landscape, as well as the single, unifying topic chosen by the program committee for all six DWIH's each year.

DWIH Focus Topic 2024

Artificial intelligence: Spotlight on People and Society

How can the potential of artificial intelligence be maximized for the benefit of society while minimizing risks as effectively as possible? This question is at the heart of the 2024 focus topic of the German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH), explored within their global network.


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DWIH Focus Topic 2023

The Resilient Society

Innovations and social responsibility are the two components of a resilient society. Learn more about the DWIH focus topic 2023.


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DWIH Focus Topic 2022

Sustainable Innovations

Sustainable innovations are more relevant than ever for international exchange in the context of global challenges. Find out more about the DWIH focus topic 2022.


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DWIH Focus Topics 2021

Society in Transition - Effects of the Pandemic

Science and innovation promise significant solutions to the social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about DWIH's 2021 focus topic.


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DWIH Focus Topic 2020

Cities and Climate

The world’s major cities play an important role for the future of our world's climate. Find out more about the DWIH annual focus topic 2020.


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DWIH Focus Topic 2019

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence promises the next great revolution in how we live, work and play. The DWIH New York helps bring together German innovation in Cyber Valley and American Silicon Valley expertise to address issues such as machine learning, human-computer interaction, and the creation of intelligent systems capable of recognizing and responding to real-time stimuli.


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DWIH Focus Topic 2018

Working Innovatively in a Digital World

Digital innovations are fundamentally changing the working world. That’s why in 2018 all five DWIH's worldwide are using the theme “Working Innovatively in a Digital World” to focus and guide their work. We have collected a variety of resources to address key questions about what the digital turn means for work in Germany and to highlight events put on by the DWIH New York about living and working in the digital world.


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Big Data

We generate more data than ever before through our use of internet, smartphones, and other technologies in our daily lives. Like other major global economies Germany is investing heavily in big data research and development to understand how to apply its insights to improve our day-to-day realities.


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