Press release

119 young international researchers from 48 countries in Potsdam

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Fellows’ meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Potsdam from 19 to 21 February

119 young researchers from 48 countries will be guests at the University of Potsdam from 19 to 21 February 2018 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 Potsdam - 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: Monday, 19 February 2018, 3:00 p.m
Venue: University of Potsdam, Campus 3 Griebnitzsee, Lecture Hall 3.06.H04, August-Bebel-Straße 89, 14482 Potsdam

Journalists are welcome to attend! We will gladly arrange interviews.
Contact: Christiane Wygand, Phone: 0160-97287564

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, 19 February, when the President of the University of Potsdam Oliver Günther and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, welcome the attendees. This will be followed by a keynote lecture on „Epigenetics as a Plant Memory“ by Isabel Bäurle, a 2010 Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Winner of the Humboldt Foundation. Bäurle is an assistant professor and research group leader at the University of Potsdam.

On Tuesday, 20 February, the Humboldtians will visit research institutes in Potsdam 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 at 3 p.m. (Campus 3 Griebnitzsee, foyers,, August-Bebel-Straße 89, 14482 Potsdam). The Humboldt Foundation will additionally present its profile and programmes to all interested parties in an information presentation at 3:30 p.m (Room 3.06.S17).

Most of this year’s participants come from the natural sciences (73), followed by 37 participants from the humanities and social sciences, and nine from engineering. The majority of the foreign guests are from China (15), the USA (10), and Argentina and Brazil (7 each). Six participants are currently conducting research in Potsdam.


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 researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Prize winners.

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