Members of the German Society of Humboldtians were able to meet once again, together with Humboldtians and invited guests, in larger numbers for the first time in nearly two years. Some 100 participants came to Tübingen to discuss the science community’s global responsibility and contributions to achieving sustainable development.
Speaking in a live transmission from Münster, Hans-Christian Pape, President of the Humboldt Foundation, opened the event, welcoming the guests gathered in the ceremonial hall of the New Auditorium at the University of Tübingen. Following an introduction by the University’s Vice-President for International Affairs and Diversity, Monique Scheer, the focal topic was examined in various ways.
The panel discussion offered a lively exchange on questions regarding the science community’s responsibility, such as in the area of science communication or global equity. The importance of young scientists for the future of research was particularly emphasised. Research funding – in Germany, as well as in the Global South – plays a special role in ensuring that innovative research continues to be possible in the future, the participants noted. Harald Baayen, Humboldt Professor at the University of Tübingen, inspired the audience with fascinating ideas for how sustainability and climate-friendliness can also be realised in scientific practice. The discussions continued in smaller groups and during the traditional Humboldt Evening, where the Foundation hosted the participants for a convivial close of the first day of the event.
With its regional groups, the German Society of Humboldtians offers a forum and meeting place for the “Humboldt family” in Germany. It also offers Humboldt alumni in Germany assistance with their integration and professional orientation.