Dear reader,

A year full of challenges is coming to a close. A year that has shown - both impressively and painfully - just how important science is. And a year during which we at the Humboldt Foundation have worked to promote international exchange in the research field as optimally as possible despite the coronavirus crisis.

We are therefore particularly pleased to report also in this last newsletter for the year 2020 on excellent researchers and their work and on opportunities for international collaboration. And on new initiatives such as the Henriette Herz Award that was granted recently.

We are also pleased that we can invite you all to ring out the old year together with classical music at our virtual advent concert – #HumboldtConcert. All this and much more awaits you in this issue of our newsletter.

Wishing you an enjoyable read!

New Alexander von Humboldt Professors selected

Eight researchers from abroad have been selected to receive Germany’s most valuable international research award in 2021 and make the move to Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Göttingen, Marburg, Munich and Münster.


Humboldt Rankings

Universities in Berlin and Munich are in particular demand among foreign researchers. However, universities in smaller cities such as Göttingen, Bremen and Bonn are also popular according to the new Humboldt Rankings.


30 Years of United Research

How did reunification affect research in Germany? How did Humboldt Fellows experience the fall of the Wall? In several videos, members of the worldwide Humboldt network look back at the past and ahead to the future.


Awards for research on epigenetics and CRISPR/Cas

Roberto Bonasio receives the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2020, Luciano Marraffini is honoured with the Max Planck-Humboldt Medal.


Apply now: International Summer School “Communicating Science”

After the second successful edition of the Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media, the Humboldt Foundation is launching another format for science communication: the Summer School “Communicating Science” for young researchers from all over Europe.


Nobel Prize for Humboldtian

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation congratulates Emmanuelle Charpentier upon winning the Nobel Prize in chemistry.


Henriette Herz Awards granted for innovative recruitment concepts

Humboldt Foundation has chosen eight German universities to receive the Henriette Herz Award. They will each receive €125,000 to implement their concepts to recruit international talents.


Japanese legal scholar receives Philipp Franz von Siebold Award

Yuko Nishitani has been selected to receive the 2020 Philipp Franz von Siebold Award in recognition of her contributions to improving mutual understanding of Germany and Japan’s culture and society.


Get to know Japan as a research location

The Humboldt-Gesellschaft Japan supports stays for young researchers from Germany, hosted by academics in Japan. Collaborative partnerships in all disciplines can be funded.


Save the date: Digital Advent Concert

To ring out the old year in fitting manner, the Humboldt Foundation will hold its annual Advent concert on 10 December 2020 – this year as a livestream event. Viewers can look forward to live classical music and year-end reviews with Secretary General Enno Aufderheide.


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