Thomas Kohl, ZEW’s Director of Business and Administration, welcomed the visitors. Afterwards, Dr. Daniela Heimberger, international research cooperation officer at ZEW, gave an overview of the work of the institute. Dr. Marcus Kappler, deputy head of the ZEW Research Group "Growth and Business Cycles", presented the central findings of the Joint Diagnosis of Autumn 2012. The Joint Diagnosis is an analysis of the economic situation in Germany and the eurozone, and also considers global developments. ZEW co-operates with other leading economic research institutes for the Joint Diagnosis.