Humboldt Residency Programme

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Tonja Klausmann
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Berlin Office)
Humboldt Residency Programme
Markgrafenstr. 37
10117 Berlin

+49 30 20 45 55 39

The numerous challenges facing us today – such as climate change, the emergence of zoonoses and the current COVID-19 pandemic – clearly demonstrate that the benefits to society as well as the visibility of scientifically generated knowledge partly depend on sharing ideas with other sectors of society.

Headed by annually changing hosts, the Humboldt Residency Programme seeks to bring together Humboldtians and other researchers with actors in civil society, journalists, entrepreneurs and artists to work on a common topic during the residency.

In the form of media formats, events and publications, this programme aims to generate tangible new impetus in academia, society and politics. The programme reinforces innovation by transdisciplinary cooperation beyond the boundaries of science.

Humboldt Residency Programme 2023

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Short biographies of the participants (PDF, 589 KB)
Press release: Summer Reception with Kosmos lecture by Pratyush Shankar
Press release: Envisioning resources in new ways: Humboldt Residency Programme enters second round

The participants of the Humboldt Residency cohort 2023 introduce themselves:

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The participants of the Humboldt Residency Cohort 2023 in front of Schloss Wiepersdorf in Brandenburg, Germany
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The former Humboldt Research Fellow Pratyush Shankar is architect and professor of urban history and design at Navrachana University in Vadodara, India. He heads this year’s Humboldt Residency Programme.
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Evelyn Araripe is an environmental educator with expertise in climate education for youth in international projects. She is a PhD Candidate in the Green Chemistry, Sustainability and Education Research Group at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, as well as a visiting lecturer and researcher at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany.
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Biologist Santos Chicas is assistant professor at Kyūshū University, Japan. With the help of machine learning and methods deriving from social science he searches for solutions to environmental problems like deforestation and forest fires. He conducted research at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on a Georg Forster Research Fellowship until February 2023.
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Magdalena Hart translates the language of nature using virtual reality and creative coding. The artist from UK/Uruguay creates interactive installations and wants her art to make the signals sent by nature audible and perceptible.
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Antonia Krefeld-Schwalb is a consumer researcher with a background in cognitive psychology. She is an Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
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Hlengiwe Radebe works as Civil Society and Youth Engagement Officer at WWF South Africa. She is the Chairperson of the Climate Action Network South Africa’s board of directors and a board advisor at Mukuru Clean Stoves.
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Lucy Ombaka is a chemist with a focus on the production of green hydrogen at Technical University of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya. As a Georg Forster Research Fellow she conducted research at the Institute of Technical Chemistry at Leibniz University Hannover from 2018 to 2021
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Christopher Schrader has been a freelance journalist specialising in climate research since 2015.
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Sociologist Stephen Woroniecki is an assistant professor in the Environmental Change Unit of the Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University, Sweden, and researcher at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative at Oxford University, United Kingdom.
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The waste management expert Lou Ziyang is Professor at the China Institute for Urban Governance at Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China. As an International Climate Protection Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, he conducted research at the TU Dresden in 2010.

Anthropogenic climate change cannot be averted. It has long since become part of our reality. But now, the wider economic, social, and political implications of climate change are taking centre stage: as we face more frequent and severe extreme weather phenomena, their consequences – loss of crops and land, hunger, migration – pose a major threat to global security. Meanwhile, grand challenges, such as the transformation of the energy sector and the departure from fossil fuels, still lie ahead.

The wrap-up event of this year's Humboldt Residency Programme will take place on 28 November from 1:00  to 2:30 pm (CET). If you are interested, you are welcome to take part in the virtual Zoom event.

The Humboldt Research Cohort 2023 under the creative lead of Pratyush Shankar will present their findings. Afterwards, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the members of the cohort.

Titelblatt einer Beilage zum Tagesspiegel am 6.9.2023 mit einem von einer KI erstellten Bild von einer Stadt der Zukunft

A twelve-page supplement on the topic "The New Urban" was published in the 6 September 2023 edition of the Tagesspiegel in cooperation with the Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg. It contains articles about and by participants of the Humboldt Residency Cohort 2023.

Download supplement (PDF)

The Humboldt Residency Programme 2023 convenes under the title “Our Precious Resources: Pathways to a Secure and Sustainable Future” and examines, how a changed use of resources can pave the way to a sustainable – and with that secure – future. By exploring the interface of global ecological urgency, political volatility, and societal conditions the programme aims to foster a wide-ranging exchange between scientific and non-scientific stakeholders to inspire solutions for the most pressing questions currently facing humankind.

Video documentary: Impressions of the residency in Berlin / Brandenburg

Humboldt Residency Programme 2023: Our precious resources

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Humboldt Residency Programme 2022

In its pilot year, the 2022 Humboldt Residency Programme brought together a unique constellation of 15 individuals from academia, journalism, philosophy, and the arts to jointly reflect on the topic of social cohesion. The aim was to stimulate new perspectives on the issue of eroding social cohesion and rising populism as well as extremism. In the form of media formats, events and publications, the participants have generated tangible new impetus in academia, society and politics.


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