About „Blended Networking Wisconsin – Central Hessen“

Due to current global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change consequences, it is important to explore networking concepts with reduced amount of travel. Our pilot project “Blended Networking Wisconsin – Central Hessen” promotes digital networking and cooperation of researchers from the states of Wisconsin, USA and Hessen, Germany of all career levels (from pre-docs to senior PIs). Researchers can find new cooperation partners who perfectly complement their research profile using an AI-based matchmaking tool and/or present existing projects and project ideas to potential partners here on our Project Wall.

This initial digital matchmaking and networking then forms the basis for an exchange and further collaboration in person. German cooperation partners can apply for customized travel funds to support the individually planned exchange on-site. For example: invite American partners to give a talk in Germany, enable American partners to join a conference at a German partner institution or invite German partners to an American institution for a lab visit.

The Blended Networking project is divided into three phases:

Phase 1

Researchers establish contact via digital networking: The Matchmaking Tool finds possible partners based on their research profiles. The Project Wall website allows researchers to present existing projects or project ideas and this way to find suitable cooperation partners and projects.

Phase 2

During the digital collaboration phase, matched researchers develop their ideas further and collaborate on research projects.

Phase 3

Select researchers meet on-site in Central Hessen for a direct exchange and to further their collaborative projects.

The pilot project focusses on the University of Wisconsin Madison and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as well as on Justus Liebig University Giessen, Philipps-Universität Marburg and Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences in Central Hessen.

Receive updates

Not yet sure, if you want to submit a project but want to receive updates on the project?


The project “Blended Networking Wisconsin – Central Hessen” is funded by the Hessian Minister for Federal and European Affairs.

FAQ Project Wall

Below you will find answers to the most common questions you may have on the Project Wall of “Blended Networking Wisconsin – Central Hessen”. If your questions is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Contact the project team via geschaeftsstelle@fcmh.de