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Newsletter 2/2019

Dear readers,

We have now nearly reached half-time in the Humboldt anniversary year, but that doesn’t mean we’re taking a break. Although we have already honoured the 250th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt’s birth in many different ways, including a conference on his relevance for science and research today, one highlight for all Humboldtians is still to come:

From Wednesday onwards, just short of 800 Humboldtians will be getting together at our Annual Meeting in Berlin. The Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is holding a reception in the grounds of Schloss Bellevue and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will give a guest lecture at the opening. The Chancellor’s speech will be livestreamed on Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm, so anyone not in Berlin for the event can watch it by visiting www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/Jahrestagung-2019.html.

In our newsletter we are also taking a look at current top research, presenting work by Humboldt Professors on topics like living lasers, the causes of war and violence, and individually designed medicines.

Happy reading!

  • 2019 Humboldt Professorships conferred: nine top researchers from abroad honoured

    On 9 May, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorships were conferred by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape. The Minister announced plans to reinforce the field of Artificial Intelligence by establishing additional Humboldt Professorships. more...

  • New 2020 Alexander von Humboldt Professors selected

    Three researchers from abroad have been selected to receive Germany’s most valuable international research award in 2020 and will move to Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia. more...

  • Alexander von Humboldt’s intellectual legacy – colloquium in Madrid

    European researchers discussed the relevance of Alexander von Humboldt’s intellectual legacy for the present at a Humboldt Colloquium in April. Minister of State Michelle Müntefering opened the conference. more...

  • Together for the freedom of science – campaign to mark 70 years of Germany’s Basic Law

    The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany takes advantage of the anniversary of the Basic Law to debate opportunities, responsibility and the threats to academic freedom. more...

  • Research awards conferred in Bamberg

    A total of 66 research award winners from 26 countries honoured by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at three-day meeting with alumni and hosts. more...

  • One million dollars for researchers at risk – Mellon Foundation continues to support Humboldt Foundation initiative

    New donation makes additional fellowships under Philipp Schwartz Initiative possible. more...

  • Success of German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow’s leaders

    More than 80 percent of sponsorship recipients acquire useful experience and international contacts through the fellowship, an evaluation reveals. more...

  • Secretary General Aufderheide receives Romanian national order

    The Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was awarded the Romanian Order of Faithful Service, Commander Class. more...

  • The Humboldt Foundation mourns Wolfgang Frühwald

    The former president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Dr Wolfgang Frühwald, died on 18 January 2019 at the age of 83. The internationally renowned German studies specialist was the president of the Humboldt Foundation from 1999 until 2007. more...

  • Award for “Humboldt today” anniversary site – video campaign continues

    For its website commemorating the 250th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt’s birth, the Humboldt Foundation has been granted the 2019 Best of Content Marketing Award. The interactive campaign “For me, Humboldt today means …” will continue until the end of the year. more...

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