16 March 2018

Conference: British-German science relations in the post-Brexit era

Humboldt Colloquium brings scientists from Germany and Great Britain together in Oxford from 15 to 17 March.

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Keith Barnes

Humboldt Professor Sharon Macdonald, HU Berlin and Barbara Sheldon, Head of Strategic Planning of the Humboldt Foundation (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Keith Barnes)

Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham and Dirk Rohmann, Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Keith Barnes)

Humboldt Professor Stefanie Engel, Osnabrück University (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Keith Barnes)

Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Keith Barnes)

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Keith Barnes

Aditi Lahiri, President of the UK Alexander von Humboldt Association (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Keith Barnes)

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Keith Barnes

What comes after Brexit? From 15 to 17 March, scientists from Great Britain and Germany will be discussing in Oxford the consequences Britain's planned withdrawal from the EU will have for the two countries' research relations. Will European collaboration suffer and partnerships between individual countries become all the more important instead? What opportunities and risks might this involve? Will mobility be hampered and British universities become less attractive? And will more researchers from Great Britain be interested in future in pursuing a career in Germany?

Questions like these will provide the backdrop for the interdisciplinary colloquium "Moving forward – The UK-German research network in a changing world", which the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has invited some 200 young scientists, alumni of the Humboldt Foundation and other guests to attend at the University of Oxford. In addition to providing a platform for discussing British-German research relations, the conference is also being held to foster networking and the sharing of scientific information and experience. As part of these activities, attending scientists will present their research topics from a wide range of disciplines to a broad expert audience. Humboldtians will also report on their experiences in Germany and advise young researchers.

Today, approximately 900 alumni of the Humboldt Foundation live in Great Britain. Many of them hold key positions at universities, research institutes and other institutions throughout the country. The aim of these events is to enable Humboldtians to make contact with one another as well as with German specialist colleagues. The colloquia also provide an opportunity to draw the attention of junior researchers to the Humboldt Foundation’s sponsorship portfolio and to Germany as a location for conducting research.

Every year, the Humboldt Foundation organises two major colloquia abroad to which all the alumni from the respective country or region are invited. The Colloquium in Oxford is being held in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.


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