04 April 2014, No. 06/2014

200 international young researchers from 46 countries to meet in Berlin

Fellows’ meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 9 to 11 April. Robotics specialist Oliver Brock to hold the opening lecture.

Around 200 young researchers from 46 countries will be guests at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 9 to 11 April 2014 on the occasion of the network meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The fellows of the Foundation will be working together with colleagues in Germany. The purpose of the event is to introduce the new Humboldtians to each other and to Berlin ‒ representatively for Germany as a research location. Employees of the Foundation will offer them advice on living and conducting research in Germany.  

Opening: Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 3 p.m.
Venue: Lecture hall 2002 in the main building of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin
Journalists are welcome to attend! We will gladly arrange interviews on site.

On Wednesday, 9 April, at 3 p.m., the university’s president, Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, und Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, will welcome the attendees.

The opening lecture “Can We Build Intelligent Robots? Should We?” will be held by Oliver Brock, director of the Robotics and Biology Laboratory at the Institute of Computer Engineering and Microelectronics of the Technische Universität Berlin. Brock is an international pioneer in research into artificial intelligence for autonomous robot systems. At the Technische Universität Berlin he is working on the development of autonomous helpers that will one day have a command of complicated reactions and motion sequences and provide valuable services in medicine, space travel or in case of accidents involving radioactivity. Oliver Brock was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in 2009. With five million euros in prize money, this award is Germany’s best-endowed research prize.

On Thursday, 10 April, the Humboldtians will visit institutes of the university, where the researchers will report on the focus areas of their current research. The fellows will also have the opportunity to network among themselves and with their German colleagues.

The Humboldt Foundation will be presenting its profile and programmes to all interested parties in an information presentation on 10 April at 4:30 p.m. (Lecture Hall 1.101 in the university building on Hegelplatz,
Dorotheenstraße 24, Faculty of Arts and Humanities II - Philosophische Fakultät II of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

Most of the participants come from the field of science (142), followed by 43 participants from the humanities and 19 participants from engineering. The majority of foreign guests are from China (19), the USA (17) and Spain (12). Forty-five participants are currently conducting research in Berlin.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide – including 50 Nobel Prize winners.


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