Press release

Science diplomacy between Bosporus and Spree

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Press invitation to the closing event of the Country Focus Initiative for Turkey on 15 and 16 January in Bonn

How can researchers make a contribution to the exchange between states in politically difficult times? What prospects do collaborative scientific undertakings between Germany and Turkey have and what can we learn from the experiences of years past? These questions will be the focus of discussions between German and Turkish representatives of the science community and society at the closing event of the Country Focus Initiative for Turkey.

This initiative was launched in 2013 by the Humboldt Foundation and the Joachim Herz Stiftung. It has financed fellowships to enable Turkish scientists to conduct scientific research in Germany, and has fostered exchange between researchers from both countries, such as at conferences and information events.

Programme overview

Monday, 15 January 2018, Deutsches Museum, Ahrstraße 45, Bonn
5:30 pm: Opening ceremony by Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, and Jörg Maxton-Küchenmeister, head of the Natural Sciences Division of the Joachim Herz Stiftung.
6:00 pm: Panel discussion on German-Turkish Science Cooperation – Experiences and Prospects, with a keynote speech by  Ece Göztepe-Celebi, Bilkent University, Ankara. This subject will be discussed by:

  • Lale Akgün, former member of the German Bundestag (SPD), head of newtrade nrw, and author
  • Ece Göztepe-Celebi, legal scholar, Bilkent University, Ankara
  • Judith Pfeiffer, Islamic scholar and Alexander von Humboldt Professor, University of Bonn
  • Silvia von Steinsdorff, Chair of Comparative Political Science and the Political Systems of Eastern Europe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Thomas Zettler, Consortium Turkish-German University, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Jean-Paul-Str. 12, Bonn
9:00 am - 1:15 pm: Presentation of projects conducted as part of German-Turkish research collaborations, lectures by fellows, and exchange of information on experience gathered

Journalists are welcome to attend. Please register to attend by 12 January at We shall also be happy to arrange interviews.


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 Laureates.

Joachim Herz Stiftung

The non-profit Joachim Herz Stiftung foundation is active primarily in the areas: natural sciences, economics, and personal development. It also funds small, innovative projects conducted by third parties in these fields. The foundation has also supported research projects in areas related to medicine and law since 2017. The Joachim Herz Stiftung was established in 2008 and is one of the largest German foundations today.

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