Emöke-Agnes Horvat from Romania says that chance didn't bring her to work in Heidelberg.
Even when she was a child, Jingnan Guo was fascinated by space. The young astrophysicist from China heads a research team at the German University of Kiel.
Ulf Andersson Ørom pursues his research in Berlin at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics. The 33-year-old Dane heads a team there looking at genes that are key to development.
Jacek Stankiewics grew up in a mining town. Through a vacation job the South African got involved in an earthquake research project, which brought him to the German Research Center for Geosciences in Potsdam.
Marga Lensen from the Netherlands is a junior professor of chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin. Her speciality is developing nanopatterned biomaterials.
Zoologist Trevor McIntyre has a scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven.
The behavioral scientist Sarah Benhaiem from France works at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wild Animal Research in Berlin, where she investigates the social behavior of hyenas.
Her workplace is most people's idea of a vacation paradise: the beaches of the Bahamas or the Galapagos Islands. Claire Reymond investigates the sand on the sea floor for the remains of microorganisms.
British scientist Patricia Schady works at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching. Her specialist area is gamma ray bursts. They mark the death of a star and the creation of a black hole.
Nagaraju Krishnappa works at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Katlenburg-Lindau. His specialty is the Sun's magnetic field.
Ilenia Battiato comes from Italy and is conducting research at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen. Trained as a physicist, she researches how fluids move in the earth's subsurface.
They are among the best in their scientific fields: top-notch young researchers from all over the world.
The 'Brilliant Minds' series on TOMORROW TODAY introduces young researchers from all over the world who have chosen to live and work in Germany.