11 March 2020

Corona pandemic: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation takes precautions

Events involving large groups have been cancelled or postponed. The funding sector is continuing unchanged.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation wants to help slow down the increase in the number of Corona cases. All events have therefore been called off until further notice. These include the colloquium due to take place in Cameroon on 19 March 2020, the Award Winners’ Symposium in Bamberg and the Network Meeting in Cologne in April. “The Humboldt Network is all about mutual support and the well-being of everyone. The best way of ensuring this well-being at present is to reduce travel and face-to-face contact. But I am very much looking forward to the time when we in the ‘Humboldt Family’ will all be able to get together again,” says Enno Aufderheide, the Foundation’s Secretary General. 

During this period, the funding sector will continue unchanged. Selection procedures that require potential fellows to travel from other countries, such as the selection of German Chancellor Fellows, will, where possible, be replaced by decentralised meetings. International guests, who do not want to risk flying at the moment, were recently able to participate in the Philipp Schwartz Forum in Berlin via a video link.

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