Now on the Humboldt Foundation’s YouTube channel: film portraits of the 2013 Alexander von Humboldt Professors

A short film has been made about each of the award winners in which they allow viewers to share their passion for their subjects and reveal what they hope to achieve as Alexander von Humboldt Professors in Germany.

The seven eminent researchers from abroad received their awards from Federal Research Minister, Johanna Wanka, and President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, on 8 May in Berlin. They will conduct their research at the Universities of Bonn, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Hamburg, Leipzig, Mainz und Munich (LMU).

“Hamburg and Bonn hold greater appeal for our award winners than Harvard or Cambridge. The Alexander von Humboldt Professors have come to Germany from leading universities abroad, no less than five of them from prestigious institutions in the USA. This shows that our idea works: Humboldt Professorships enable German universities to hold their own in the contest for the best academics. Research conditions in Germany are internationally more attractive than ever before,” said the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, at the award ceremony.

“There are a number of aims we associate with the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship: we want to bring outstanding international researchers to universities in Germany, and to keep them here,” said Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka. “Furthermore, the Humboldt Professorship is one of our most important tools to optimise and perpetuate research dialogue and research cooperation across national borders. We need to club together even more closely if we are going to meet the great social, ecological and economic challenges of the future.”

Every year, the Humboldt Foundation honours up to ten of the world’s leading researchers of all academic disciplines working abroad by granting them an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. It is Germany’s most valuable international research award. In addition to candidates’ outstanding academic qualifications, the strategic concepts designed by the universities to offer the researchers and their teams long-term prospects in Germany are crucial. The award amount of 3.5 million EUR for researchers working in theoretical disciplines and 5 million EUR for researchers working in experimental disciplines is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Short film Prof. Dr. Gregory Ralph Crane:



For all film portraits of the 2013 Alexander von Humboldt Professors please visit our YouTube channel.

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