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KIT-SAP Annual Report 2019


Annual reception at the Consulate General

  • KIT Alumni with Anja Karliczek
  • KIT Alumni group shot
  • Esther Legant with Federal Minister Anja Karliczek
  • Guests at the annual reception

On February 23, 2020, the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco invited to the festive annual reception. Altogether, more than 280 alumni from the San Francisco Bay Area attended the reception in the presence of Federal Minister Karliczek.

KIT Alumni Meeting

  • Bundespräsident Steinmeier beim KIT Alumni Meeting mit mit Urs Gasser (r), und den Professoren Hofmann, Schulz, Weber-Guskar, Liao, Nobles und Yang in der Harvard Law School.

Digitalization, sustainability, innovation, and possibilities of extensive transatlantic exchange were in the focus of the KIT alumni meeting in Boston in early November. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier invited the alumni to a “Meet an Greet”.

Transatlantic Sync conference 2019

  • Transatlantic Sync, Silicon Valley, 2019
  • KIT LINK Team with Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google
  • Esther Legant at TransatlanticSync
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim (Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, First Investor in Google, Chairman of Arista Networks)

During the two-day conference in October, researchers from various German universities and research institutes discussed their projects on sustainable working worlds of the future with prominent US experts such as Andreas von Bechtolsheim, John Hennessy and Prof. Hal Varian.


  • ZEITGEIST Event at Palo Alto

“Tradition meets Future” – under this slogan KIT LINK organized a ZEITGEIST event on October 26, 2019 in the historic Woman’s Club of Palo Alto. It offered the opportunity to connect with like-minded people and to get inspired by the opening remarks of Cyriac Roeding.

Helmholtz Delegation trip

  • Presenting KIT LINK at SAP

In August 2019, a delegation from the Helmholtz Association took a trip to California. Esther Legant, Head of KIT LINK, was part of the delegation and presented the network at SAP Palo Alto.

Future of Work Conference

  • The Future of Work Conference

KIT LINK was presented at the conference “The Future of Work” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It took place at Berlin, 21-22 May 2019, and was a kick-off for the BMBF-funded research networks regarding the Future of Work.