Picador is one of the leading publishers for fiction and non-fiction books in the US. The trade publisher of Macmillan publishes original titles in hardcover and paperback as well as e-books. Picador authors are among others Pulitzer laureates Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Thomas L. Friedman and Marilynne Robinson, National Book Award laureats Jonathan Franzen, Denis Johnson and Susan Sontag as well as Nobel laureates Nadine Gordimer, Herta Müller and Mario Vargas Llosa.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

Leipzig University was founded in 1409. In the course of its diverse history, it grew to encompass a wide selection of disciplines comprising almost all areas of knowledge. World-renowned scientists have taught or studied in Leipzig, and important impulses for the development of thought originated here. Crossing boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, international collaboration, networking with non-university research institutes and business are not just traditions of the University but are also the basis of its academic excellence. Today, there are about 28,000 students enrolled at Leipzig University.

The Veranstaltungsforum is the event management wing of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Its task is to develop, plan and manage national and international conferences, meetings and award ceremonies – all relating to contemporary themes of societal, cultural, business or scientific interest. With its work, the Veranstaltungsforum also plays a vital role in public relations of one of the most important publishing houses in Germany and it significantly encourages the interdisciplinary social dialogue.

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