Global challenges can be met only through joint worldwide efforts and international cooperation – in research and in the political sector. This is the message of the latest issue of the Humboldt Kosmos magazine which was put together before the corona crisis but could scarcely be more relevant today. Hands-on, cross-border collaboration was already a matter of course for the more than 30,000 members of the Humboldt network long before the corona pandemic.
How do international research networks work and how do they change in response to new challenges? How can digital tools help in this connection? How is researcher mobility changing in times of flight shame? How does practical collaboration work, such as within an international network that collects and analyses soil samples in arid regions around the world in order to develop measures to combat climate change?
This issue of Kosmos also focuses on the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Germany. A map presents important AI research centres in Germany and shows how much Germany’s research work on this subject has to offer, including the first two Alexander von Humboldt Professors for Artificial Intelligence. “It’s a vibrant research environment”, says for instance Peter Dayan, Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence, to describe Germany’s “Cyber Valley” between Stuttgart and Tübingen. Using AI, the Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence, Daniel Rückert, has improved imaging techniques that will be used at the Technical University of Munich where an AI hotspot is developing.
The entire “Better connected!” issue of the Humboldt Kosmos is available here.
(press release 9/2020)
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 an interdisciplinary network of well over 30,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries around the world – including 56 Nobel Prize winners.