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Newsletter 1/2019

Dear readers,

With its 2019 campaign, Humboldt today, the Humboldt Foundation is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt.

Humboldt was a researcher who, in many ways, was way ahead of his time – whether as an international networker, a climate research pioneer or a science communicator.

How modern, how relevant is Alexander von Humboldt today, 250 years after his birth? The Humboldt Foundation’s campaign addresses these questions and presents ideas, perspectives, stories and even very personal responses from academics and partners in its world-spanning network.

Why don’t you join in? Upload a video of your own answer and discover new insights into the world of Alexander von Humboldt at www.humboldt-today.de. The campaign website was realised with the friendly support of the Stifterverband.

We look forward to viewing your contributions and hope you will enjoy Humboldt today!

  • The Humboldt Code

    He was an obsessive networker, a daredevil and a marketing genius. The reports on his travels and adventures earned him star status. Today, on the 250th anniversary of his birth, the Prussian scholar is still revered. On the secret of an eternal idol. more...

  • Videos & statements: For me, Humboldt today means...

    Personal responses from academics in the Humboldt Foundation’s Network as well as politicians and journalists like Federal Research Minister, Anja Karliczek, Federal Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, and the science journalist, Ranga Yogeshwar. more...

  • If Humboldt were on Twitter today

    He liked to formulate succinct sentences and deliver punch lines. He took a stand against slavery, colonialism and environmental destruction. What stance would Humboldt take on current issues? We present his quotes in a new light. more...

  • Interview: “Everybody’s star”

    Whether as a discoverer, Romantic, Atlanticist, climate prophet or working class hero: there isn’t just one Humboldt, but lots of them. Historian of science, Nicolaas A. Rupke, has investigated how the various images of Humboldt have come about. more...

  • In addition: Berlin in the Humboldt Year

    Together with 12 cultural and scientific institutions in Berlin-Brandenburg, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is operating a joint platform with information on the activities celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt. more...

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