Press Releases 2006
- 21 November 2006
International junior researchers from 43 countries meet in Leipzig
About 150 young scientists and scholars from 43 countries will be guests in Leipzig from 23 to 25 November 2006 on the occasion of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's introductory meeting. The Humboldt Foundation's research fellows are going to be cooperating with colleagues in Germany. The object of the meeting is to allow the new Humboldtians to get to know each other and familiarise themselves with Germany as a location for research, taking Leipzig as an example. They also get useful advice on living and researching in Germany from the foundation's staff.
- 20 November 2006
Thyssen-Humboldt Short-term Fellowships
Together with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has initiated a new fellowship programme for social scientists from Latin America. The Thyssen-Humboldt Short-term Fellowships are designed to intensify academic cooperation with the countries of Latin America in the fields of law, economics and social science and to help reach the academic elite in these countries.
- 07 November 2006
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Ceremony in Berlin
In the run-up to the award ceremony, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, described Germany's most valuable award for junior researchers as a signal not only of Germany's international appeal for internationally sought-after, young researchers. "The award winners, just like their hosts, will profit from each other academically. We are expecting outstanding results in the next four years", Schavan commented.
- 02 November 2006
Kovalevskaja Award Ceremony in Berlin: Invitation to the press conference and award ceremony on 7 November
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is granting the Sofia Kovalevskaja Award to twelve international junior researchers. Each of the nine men and three women will receive prize money of up to 1.2 million EUR.
- 30 October 2006
Humboldt Ambassador Scientists and Scholars campaign for Germany
In South Korea the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has a network of more than 200 scientists and scholars it has sponsored, the Humboldtians. Each of them is well acquainted with Germany and its research establishments from extended research visits as well as cooperation with colleagues from research establishments throughout Germany.
- 25 October 2006
Bochum, Bonn and Marburg win the competition for cosmopolitan universities
The universities in Bochum, Bonn and Marburg are the winners of the Welcome Centres Competition to find Germany's cosmopolitan universities, which was initiated by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany in the spring. They were able to beat a field of 32 competitors. The universities in Bayreuth and Braunschweig received special commendations.
- 12 October 2006
Critical assessment of the European Researchers' Charter
Together with other German science organisations, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has stated its position on the European Charter for Researchers, the European Commission's recommended code of conduct for researchers, their employers and funders in Europe.
- 06 October 2006
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Introductory Meeting from 12 to 13 October at Cologne University
International research elite meet in Cologne: 123 junior scientists and scholars from 38 countries all over the world are getting together at the invitation of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on 12 and 13 October 2006 in Cologne for the 12th Introductory Meeting. The young academics are research fellows of the Humboldt Foundation and will spend a year working on projects of their own choice at academic institutions in Germany. The aim of the event is to allow the new Humboldtians to get to know each other and familiarise themselves with Germany as a centre of research.
- 25 September 2006
Humboldt Foundation and Taiwan National Science Council Taiwan cooperate
On 27 September 2006, the Deputy Minister of the Taiwan National Science Council (NSC), Professor Hung-Duen Yang, and Dr. Georg Schütte, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation are signing a cooperation agreement to strengthen German-Taiwanese academic relations.
- 22 September 2006
New language policy for Germany? Multilingualism - opportunities and potential
At the invitation of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, about 50 internationally recognised experts are getting together from 27 to 29 September 2006 at the Deutsche Welle in Bonn. "Does Germany need a more conscious, cohesive language policy?" is what the speakers and participants from academia, business and politics will be examining for the first time together.
- 18 September 2006
Tracking down Innovation: Humboldt Foundation regional meeting in Helsinki
More than 100 Humboldt research fellows and award winners from Finland and the Baltic States are getting together in Helsinki from 22.9.-24.9. Finland is considered the epitome of successful cooperation between industry and applied science. What is the secret behind the Finns' success?
- 06 September 2006
Kovalevskaja Award provides wonderful conditions for research talents
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is conferring the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award on excellent junior researchers from all over the world for the third time. The award is currently one of the most valuable academic prizes in Germany and allows research to take place under unique conditions: the award winners are able to spend four years working at an institute of their choice, building up their own research groups with young colleagues, largely free of administrative constraints. Funding for the award money of 1.2 million EUR derives from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award ceremony will take place in Berlin on 7 November.
- 14 August 2006
Young, top-flight academics from all over the world on the road in Germany
From 14 to 26 August, outstanding junior scientists and scholars are visiting 14 towns and cities. They are young, talented and come from every corner of the world. On the strength of Humboldt research fellowships they are carrying out research in the most diverse disciplines at universities and research institutes in Germany they have chosen themselves. Today they are starting out on a tour of the Republic, taking in the following places: Bamberg, Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Mittenwald, Munich, Münster, Rostock, Weimar, Wismar and Würzburg. From 14 to 26 August, fellows in various groups will be calling at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn.
- 10 August 2006
Science and Politics - what they do and don't have in common
The latest issue of Humboldt Kosmos, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's alumni magazine, examines the relationship between science and politics. What do academics expect of politicians and politicians of researchers? Who profits from whom? Who activates whom?
- 21 July 2006
Knowledge produces Development
Knowledge produces development is the idea at the heart of an international meeting of experts run by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on research cooperation with African countries. About 30 African and German academics as well as experts from research organisations and politics met in Bonn to discuss how more intensive research cooperation might provide an impulse for sustainable development. The results are contained in eleven recommendations entitled, "Knowledge produces Development" which address both German and African actors.
- 10 July 2006
Euroscience Open Forum 2006: Humboldt Foundation presents sponsorship opportunities
What sponsorship opportunities are open to scientists and scholars who want to spend time researching abroad? How can they find the right job for themselves or the appropriate fellowship? What do they have to watch out for at immigration and what are the implications of interrupting work in Germany for their pensions? The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's careers workshop at the "Euroscience Open Forum 2006" (ESOF 2006) will provide the answers and help to pinpoint the right people to contact on all the issues involved in researcher mobility. Together with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Humboldt Foundation will present a broad spectrum of fellowship programmes, job centres and useful sources of information for mobile researchers.
- 03 July 2006
Humboldt Foundation Annual Meeting brings together the elite of international research
Around 550 academics from 72 countries are being welcomed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin on 11 and 12 July. They are involved in research in diverse disciplines and are currently staying in Germany as Humboldt Research Fellows or Award Winners.
- 07 June 2006
Humboldt Foundation grants first Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft are jointly granting the first Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award. The recipient is the 39 year-old materials researcher, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Windl.
- 24 May 2006
Humboldt Rankings: Germany's most internationally attractive universities
"The Humboldt Rankings reveal which German institutions and disciplines are so good that they attract the best people to Germany on research visits", Secretary General Dr. Georg Schütte commented.
- 18 May 2006
Presentation of the Humboldt Rankings and the Annual Report 2005
At the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's annual press conference the President of the Foundation, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald, and the Secretary General, Dr. Georg Schütte, will present the new annual report and the Humboldt Rankings as well as outlining the prospects for current and future focus areas in the Foundation's work.
- 08 May 2006
Humboldt Foundation and Chinese Academy of Sciences agree to cooperate
Professor Dr. Yongxiang Lu, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Georg Schütte, Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are signing a cooperation agreement to strengthen German-Chinese academic relations on 9 May in Bonn.
- 20 April 2006
International junior researchers from more than 40 countries meet in Bonn
From 25 to 27 April, 127 young researchers from 44 countries will be guests in Bonn on the occasion of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's introductory meeting. The foundation's fellows will work together with colleagues in Germany. The aim of the event is to allow the new Humboldtians to get to know each other and familiarise themselves with Germany as a centre of research, taking Bonn as an example. They also get useful advice on research and everyday life in Germany from members of the foundation's staff.
- 11 April 2006
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation President confers Research Fellowship funded by the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard Award
The President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald, has granted a research fellowship, funded by the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard Award, to the Polish comparatist, Professor Dr. Aneta Mazur.
- 10 April 2006
Strengthening academic exchange with Turkey
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and its Turkish alumni network want to intensify German-Turkish academic relations and strengthen integration in the European academic area. An impetus was provided at the weekend when more than 200 Humboldtians from Turkey as well as German academics met at an Humboldt Foundation fellows' meeting in Istanbul.
- 21 March 2006
Welcome Centres: where mobile researchers feel welcome
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany are initiating a competition to find Germany's cosmopolitan universities. They are looking for higher education institutions with new and original ideas for making international researchers feel welcome in Germany and allowing them to concentrate on their work under the best possible conditions. The three universities with the best concepts will be awarded the title "Welcome Centre for internationally mobile researchers" and receive up to 125,000 EUR to put their ideas into practice. Applications may be submitted until 21 July this year.
- 07 March 2006
Max Planck Research Award to Alina Payne and Horst Bredekamp
The Max Planck Research Award, an international prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society, is awarded this year to Harvard Art History and Architecture Professor Alina Payne and Professor Horst Bredekamp at Humboldt University in Berlin. The award comes with a 1.5 million euro grant and each year recognises one German, and one non-German researcher, both of whom show outstanding work involving international co-operation.
- 09 February 2006
Top-flight international young researchers in Erlangen
100 research talents from 28 countries are attending the Humboldt Foundation's Introductory Meeting in Erlangen on 13 - 15 February. The scientists and scholars are all Humboldt Foundation fellows who are going to spend a year working on their own projects at German institutions.
- 26 January 2006
Without international research networks, no excellence in Germany
The President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald, is asking for science promotion to invest more in internationalisation and in people and to strengthen the international network of scientific excellence.
- 23 January 2006
New Year's Reception of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on 26 January 2006
More than 130 top-rank academics from about 30 countries are getting together with representatives from the fields of culture, politics, diplomacy and the German scientific landscape at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's New Year's Reception on 26 January at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.