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210 young international researchers from 52 countries in Leipzig

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Fellows’ meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Leipzig University from 3 to 5 April

The Paulinum is where the Rector of Leipzig University Beate Schücking and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation will welcome the attendees.

210 young researchers from 52 countries will be guests at Leipzig University from 3 to 5 April 2019 for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s networking meeting. The researchers are currently in Germany as Humboldt Fellows and are working together with German colleagues at research institutions throughout the country. The meeting is being held to introduce the new Humboldtians to one another and to Leipzig ­­­– representatively for Germany as a location for conducting research. Employees of the Foundation will be on hand to provide advice on living and conducting research in Germany.

Opening: Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Leipzig University, Paulinum, Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig

Journalists are welcome to attend! We will gladly arrange interviews.

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 April, when the Rector of Leipzig University Beate Schücking and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, welcome the attendees.
The biophysicist Josef Alfons Käs will then hold the opening lecture on "The Role of Tissue and Cell Mechanics for Cancer Metastasis". The cancer researcher from Leipzig is regarded as a pioneer in the area of the physics of tumour cells. He received the Wolfgang Paul Award from the Humboldt Foundation in 2001.

On Thursday, 4 April, the Humboldtians will visit research institutes in Leipzig where the young researchers will have the opportunity to network among themselves and with their German colleagues. The fellows will present their research subjects during a poster session starting at 2:45 p.m. (Paulinum, Augustusplatz 10). The Humboldt Foundation will additionally present its profile and programmes to all interested parties in an information presentation at 3:30 p.m (Augusteum, Raum A12, Augustusplatz 10).

Most of this year’s participants come from the natural sciences (120), followed by 61 participants from the humanities and social sciences, and 29 from engineering. The majority of the foreign guests are from China (32), the USA (20) and India (13). Six participants are currently conducting research in Leipzig.


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 conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 29,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Laureates.

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