Press Releases 2004
- 16 December 2004
Aalen, Düren and Leipzig receive the Award for Germany's Friendliest Immigration Offices
This year, the Award for Germany's Friendliest Immigration Office, which is bestowed jointly by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany, goes to three towns: the Municipal Public Affairs Office in Aalen, the Regional Public Affairs Office in Düren and the Municipal Public Affairs Office in Leipzig.
- 18 November 2004
Humboldt Foundation grants Kovalevakja Award for top-flight early-stage researchers
The new stars on the research firmament are young, excellent and internationally sought-after. By granting the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is bringing eleven of the best young researchers from various disciplines to Germany to carry out research at German institutions. Until now, the eleven award winners from Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, Poland and the USA have been working abroad. The award money of up to 1.2 million Euros per winner is being provided by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
- 14 October 2004
Humboldt Foundation Introductory Meeting in Stuttgart
From 15 to 16 October, Stuttgart is hosting the next Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Introductory Meeting which will be attended by 113 internationally-recognized young academics from 44 countries. They are all Humboldt Foundation research fellows who are spending a year working on research projects of their own choice at academic institutions in Germany.
- 29 September 2004
The History of the Humboldt Foundation at the Frankfurt Book Fair
With a book entitled, Global Excellence. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation between the Promotion of Science and Foreign Cultural Policy (1953-2003), the historian Dr. Christian Jansen has reconstructed the 50-year history of this globally-active Foundation. The book will be presented in the coming week at the Frankfurt Book Fair and will be available in bookshops from October 4th.
- 06 September 2004
Off to Germany to further your career
What perspectives does Germany, as a place to carry out research, offer junior academics? This is the central question at a conference for approx. 200 young scientists and scholars who are getting together on 17 and 18 September in Boston. Under the heading "University and higher education policy in Germany and Europe: perspectives and challenges", the fellows, who are being sponsored by German organisations, are discussing current developments with leading figures from academia, politics and higher education in Germany.
- 01 September 2004
Potential leaders from the USA and Russia visit the Russian Consulate General in Bonn
Twenty young potential leaders from the Russian Federation and the USA are getting together for an introductory seminar from 30 August to 23 September in Bonn and Berlin. Subsequently, they will spend 11 months working at universities, for companies and other institutions to get a personal insight into German society, politics and culture.
- 05 July 2004
Wolfgang Frühwald reappointed President of the Humboldt Foundation
Federal Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has reappointed Professor Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for a further five-year term of office. He was implementing a unanimous vote by the Board of the Foundation which had recommended Professor Frühwald's reappointment.
- 01. July 2004
Federal Chancellor Schröder holds a reception for Humboldt Foundation Fellows
On Tuesday, 6 July, twenty young leaders from the Russian Federation and the USA are getting together with Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Minister of State Dr. Christina Weiss. The meeting in Berlin comes at the end of a one-year stay in Germany which the scholars have used to carry out a project of their own choice.
- 15 June 2004
It's worth staying here - turn of the tide in international science? Invitation to the Humboldt Foundation's Annual Press Conference on 21 June in Berlin
Despite various attempts at reform, criticism of university structures and of Germany as a place to carry out research continues. What is generally criticised is its lack of internationality. At the same time, people lament the brain-drain to the USA: highly-qualified academics from Germany leave to pursue their research in the United States.
- 08 June 2004
Federal President Rau holds a reception at the Villa Hammerschmidt for academics from all over the world
950 guests from 69 countries will be welcomed by the Humboldt Foundation at its Annual Meeting, transforming Bonn into an international meeting place for academics for three days. The focus of the meeting is the personal exchange of experiences between the foreign scientists and scholars themselves as well as with their German specialist colleagues and the staff of the Humboldt Foundation.
- 27 May 2004
Warning: Fraudulent spam-mail misuses the good name of the Humboldt Foundation
During the last days many scientists all over the world received an email allegedly coming from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The email announces that the Humboldt Foundation has set up a lottery to give out prizes based on the computer ballot system. The winners are urged to contact a certain address to claim their prize. This email does not come from the Humboldt Foundation in Bonn! It is a fraudulent spam-mail. The foundation asks all addressees not to react on this email.
- 17 May 2004
German Mobility Centre opened at the Humboldt Foundation
On 17 May, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is opening its "Mobility Centre", the only centre nationwide advising internationally mobile scientists and scholars. Together with the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the Foundation is thus contributing to creating a "European Research Area" - according to the European Council, by 2010 Europe is supposed to become the "most dynamic knowledge-based economic area in the world."
- 06 May 2004
2004 Max Planck Research Prize for Martin Vingron and Eugene W. Myers
Prof. Martin Vingron, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, Germany, and Prof. Eugene W. Myers from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, are the two winners of the 2004 Max Planck Research Prize, worth 750,000 Euros each.
- 29 April 2004
Who's going to become Germany's Friendliest Immigration Office 2005?
For the third time, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Stifterverband are announcing the Award for the Friendliest Immigration Office. 25,000 Euros will be given to the authority whose staff have been so helpful and open that they have become an advertisement for a new culture of hospitality in German officialdom. Nominations may be made by foreign students, doctoral students, and academics living and working in Germany.
- 29 March 2004
Humboldt Foundation and Helmholtz Association grant new international research award for recognized scientists and scholars from abroad
The starting pistol goes off on April 1. From that moment on, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will be accepting nominations for the new Helmholtz Research Award. This joint award, which the Helmholtz Association and the Humboldt Foundation are granting for the first time this year, recognizes renowned scientists and scholars from abroad.
- 23 March 2004
Cooperation Across Borders and Disciplines
For the 32nd time, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is organising a symposium for its research award-winners. From 25-28 March 2004, 54 internationally-outstanding academics from 18 countries are getting together to discuss their most recent research findings in an interdisciplinary forum.
- 12 March 2004
Is the Third Pillar of Foreign Policy crumbling?
Following today's debate on foreign cultural policy in the Federal Parliament, the Presidents of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), Professors Theodor Berchem and Wolfgang Frühwald, claimed to be "guardedly optimistic" about the threatened cuts in funding for Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy.
- 04 March 2004
Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy is an Investment in the Future!
Under the heading, "consensus on reducing subsidies", the Federal Republic of Germany's Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy (AKBP) is threatened by yet more massive bloodletting in the next three years: 4% (in 2004), 8% (in 2005) and 12% (in 2006). Altogether, that is 45 mill. Euros in three years, i.e. an annual average of approx. 15 mill. Euros. In "value", this is the equivalent of up to 20 Goethe Institutes, more than 1,000 DAAD foreign doctoral fellowships, or more than 300 AvH top-flight foreign researchers (per year).
- 13 February 2004
Bochum, Kassel, and Regensburg have Germany's Friendliest Immigration Offices
This year, the Award for Germany's Friendliest Immigration Office goes to the Foreigners' Office at the Residents' Registration Office in Bochum, the Foreigners' Department at the Municipal Affairs Office in Kassel, and the Foreigners' Department at the Residents' Registration Office in Regensburg.
- 09 February 2004
Humboldt Foundation Introductory Meeting and Award Ceremony for Germany's Friendliest Immigration Office in Frankfurt am Main
International diversity of research from 12 to 13 February 2004 at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University - Press Conference and Ceremony to confer the Award for the Friendliest Immigration Office on 13 February.
- 04 February 2004
Award for Germany's Friendliest Immigration Office 2004
Following the success of the first call for nominations last year, the Humboldt Foundation and the Donors' Association are granting the Award for the Friendliest Immigration Office for the second time on 13 February 2004. Three towns will receive the Award, worth 25,000 Euros each, in Frankfurt am Main.
- 26 January 2004
Humboldt Foundation New Year's Reception on 29 January in Berlin
The new Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Dr. Georg Schütte, is addressing 400 international guests at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on the subject of internationalising Germany as a place to carry out study and research.