In line with the times: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation goes virtual

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Humboldt Foundation’s Annual Meeting was just one of several events to be held digitally this year. The Foundation relied on digital formats for a number of events in 2020.

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The Humboldt Foundation’s Annual Meeting in late June – its first-ever virtual event – was attended by approximately 1,000 participants from 84 countries. The entirely digital programme was very well received not only by Humboldtians but by other participants as well.

Networking concept takes centre stage

The Annual Meeting of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) that is traditionally held in the USA in cooperation with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) was also held using a virtual format in late August. This change of format made it accessible for the first time to all research fellows from Germany who are currently being sponsored abroad.

The networking meeting scheduled to be held on 18 and 19 November 2020 will also follow a digital model. In keeping with the networking concept, various event formats that allow Humboldtians to be actively involved will be offered.

The digital options give priority to maintaining the character of the individual event, ensuring informal sharing of information and experiences between Humboldtians, and fostering contact with members of the Foundation team. 

Humboldt Kollegs go digital

Alumni across the globe can once again apply for Humboldt Kollegs to be held in 2021. The pandemic has made it necessary to implement special arrangements and rules for the time being. As part of the Foundation’s efforts to enable networking even during difficult times, alumni can apply for the first time ever for funding to be used to conduct a virtual Humboldt Kolleg in 2021. 

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