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Two Further Humboldt Professors Selected

In October 2009, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation selected the last two Humboldt Professors of the year. The Anthropologist Thomas Blom Hansen and the Neurobiologist Joachim Herz have been granted this international award for research in Germany, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and valued at up to five million EUR.

Thomas Blom Hansen
Thomas Blom Hansen
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The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is awarded to leading, world-class academics from all disciplines working abroad to allow them to relocate to German universities to conduct groundbreaking research on a sustainable basis. The award amount will be used to finance the first five years in Germany. The universities themselves profit from the award by being able to offer eminent international researchers competitive general conditions and long-term prospects for working in Germany. It also allows them to enhance their profile.

The two new award winners have now embarked on appointment negotiations with the German universities that nominated them for the award:

Anthropologist and India expert Thomas Blom Hansen (51) from Amsterdam University will conduct his research in future at the University of Göttingen.

Neurobiologist and Alzheimer researcher Joachim Herz (51), currently working at the University of Texas in Dallas, will relocate to the University of Hamburg.

Joachim Herz
Joachim Herz
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The Humboldt Foundation’s selection committee considered seven proposals, four nominating foreigners and three nominating German nationals. Of the seven candidates, three are currently working in the USA, two in Japan and one in Ireland and the Netherlands respectively.

At the selection committee meetings in February and June, the first six award winners of 2009 were selected. Thus, just as in 2008, eight Alexander von Humboldt Professorships have been granted in 2009. Up to ten professorships can be granted annually. Of the 16 award winners selected so far, seven are German nationals.

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