Frontiers of Research Symposia

For
outstanding young researchers
From
Germany and a partner country
What
three- to four-day symposia

Events calendar with dates of the next symposia 

Frontiers of Research Symposia

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation regularly convenes bi- and tri-national Frontiers of Research Symposia in cooperation with its partner organisations in Brazil, China, Japan, India, Israel, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The Frontiers of Research Symposia provide outstanding young researchers from Germany and the partner countries with a platform for an international and interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge. The participating researchers establish or strengthen connections with other future thought leaders, often pioneering innovative fields for collaboration. Participants question and expand the boundaries of their respective disciplines – for example through cross-disciplinary discussions of current advancements, innovative research and emerging opportunities. The Frontiers of Research programme is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Contact

Dr Miguel Haubrich Seco
Programme Director
Frontiers of Research
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Berlin Office
Markgrafenstr. 37
10117 Berlin
GERMANY

miguel.haubrich[at]avh.de

Who’s invited to participate?

The Humboldt Foundation and its respective partner organisations identify and invite the participating researchers. There is no option for researchers to apply themselves.

When and where do the symposia take place?

The three- to four-day symposia take place alternatingly in Germany and in the partner country or countries at regular intervals. Participants in the Frontiers of Research Symposia are exclusively eligible for funding from the CONNECT programme, which allows them to conduct working visits in the respective partner country.

Which are the partner countries and what symposia are held?

Every year, up to 60 researchers from engineering and the applied natural sciences meet to challenge the boundaries of their fields. Nominated and funded by CAPES and the Humboldt Foundation, they establish new collaborations across their disciplines.

At the annually held symposium, 60 young natural scientists meet to discuss cutting-edge research across their disciplines and to identify collaboration partners. This series of symposia was established in 2008 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Humboldt Foundation.

About 60 young researchers in the engineering and applied natural sciences meet every other year to exchange ideas about the interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology across the borders of their different fields. The Indian Department of Science and Technology and the Humboldt Foundation have been cooperating in this programme since 2009 to foster new Indo-German research networks.

Up to 50 scholars working in the humanities are invited once a year to explore new avenues for collaboration across their disciplines. Organised and funded by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Humboldt Foundation, these symposia serve to establish and strengthen interdisciplinary ties among researchers from both countries.

Once a year, 72 researchers from Japan, the US and Germany meet to challenge the boundaries of their fields, establishing new collaborations across their disciplines. The trilateral symposia are jointly organised by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the American National Academy of Sciences and the Humboldt Foundation.

This symposium series invites up to 50 young researchers from various academic disciplines and was established in 2013 as a joint undertaking of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the private Koç University. Funded by Stiftung Mercator and Koç University, the programme’s current focus is on the social sciences.

About 50 young researchers are invited to discuss recent advances, cutting-edge research and budding opportunities across various fields in the humanities. Since 2019, the British Academy and the Humboldt Foundation have been cooperating in this programme, facilitating a fertile interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge between scholars from the UK and Germany.

At this symposium, up to 60 young researchers in the natural sciences rethink the boundaries of their disciplines, identifying new opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. This programme was established in 2006 by the Royal Society, the Junge Akademie and the Humboldt Foundation.

Every other year, up to 60 young researchers from different fields of engineering and applied natural sciences meet for an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge. The American National Academy of Engineering and the Humboldt Foundation have been cooperating in this programme since 2001.

CONNECT Follow-up programme

A follow-up programme available exclusively to participants of the Frontiers of Research Symposia funds working visits in the respective partner country for up to 30 days. It thereby allows participants to establish longer-term collaborations, contributing to deepening academic relations between German and the partner country.

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