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Who actually does what at Humboldt headquarters? Who are the people behind the scenes making sure that everything runs smoothly? This page is devoted to the colleagues at the Humboldt Foundation, their lives at work and beyond. Today: Ulla Hecken.

  • By Ulla Hecken
Ulla Hecken mit Hündin Wanja

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If you ever send an email to webmaster@avh.de, then you will probably get an answer from me. I look after the Humboldt Foundation’s website and make sure that our online presence is easy for everyone to understand and works well. And if you ever have a problem with the login or completing an online form, I do everything in my power to get it sorted as quickly as possible. At the moment, I am particularly involved in setting things up so that applications, nominations and reviews can be submitted online for all the Foundation’s programmes. Watch this space!

I am something of an old stager at the Humboldt Foundation. In fact, I joined the Foundation even before I started studying to become a translator. I have worked in the secretariat for our former Secretary General, Heinrich Pfeiffer, for example, organised the logistics and accompanied some of the study tours around Germany that the Foundation runs for its fellows, supervised the building of guest houses for foreign researchers at East German universities – never a dull moment.

I am something of an old stager at the Humboldt Foundation. In fact, I joined the Foundation even before I started studying to become a translator. I have worked in the secretariat for our former Secretary General, Heinrich Pfeiffer, for example, organised the logistics and accompanied some of the study tours around Germany that the Foundation runs for its fellows, supervised the building of guest houses for foreign researchers at East German universities – never a dull moment.

 Things can get a bit hectic at times as I try to juggle all the different tasks my work involves. This is where long walks with my Australian Shepherd dog Wanja come in. When we are out in the woods around Bonn she makes sure I can switch off and relax – which is often precisely when I get good, new ideas for the website or find just the right solution for a technical problem.

published in Humboldt Kosmos 106/2016

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