Dear reader,

“The coalition agreement is a signal for a new start and promises many things that science needs”, Hans-Christian Pape, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, noted with pleasure, welcoming the new German government’s science policy plans. Based on these plans, the Humboldt Foundation will also be allocated more money for funding its international research network.

This strong signal for internationalisation and science diplomacy has come at just the right time because the number of applications from international scientists and scholars seeking a research fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation rose this year despite the Covid-19 pandemic. A recent evaluation confirms that Humboldt Research Fellowships have strong international appeal and a positive impact on the individual’s research career. A compliment – also for Germany as a location for conducting research!

We invite you to join us at our digital Advent concert featuring musicians from the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, where we will be looking back at the Foundation’s activities in 2021. A number of these highlights such as the recently selected Humboldt Professors and our systematic commitment to diversity are already to be found in this newsletter. And should you have time as the year draws to a close, you could read in our publication Humboldt Kosmos about science communication or take our Fake News Quiz to see how good you are at distinguishing between genuine and invented headlines.

We wish you interesting reading!

New Alexander von Humboldt Professors selected

Ten top international researchers – including six who work in the AI field – have been chosen to receive Germany’s most valuable research award.

“This is a signal for a new start. The political sector has heard the science community’s demands.”

The Humboldt Foundation welcomes the new federal government’s science policy plans and expects them to have a positive effect on Germany’s international attractiveness as a location for conducting research.

Despite the pandemic: Strong demand for research fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation

"We can’t rest on our laurels. Germany has to remain competitive, particularly with regard to the USA and the United Kingdom", says Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, about the recent evaluation of the Humboldt Research Fellowships.

Digital #HumboldtConcert

The Humboldt Foundation invites you to the livestream of an Advent concert on 9 December 2021. Enjoy music by Mozart and Brahms live, performed by members of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and a look at the Foundation’s activities over the past year.

Applications invited for new chair at the AIMS Centre in Senegal

The German Research Chairs programme for funding mathematical research in Africa was launched ten years ago at AIMS Senegal. A call for applications for a second chair to be established there has now been announced.

Annual meeting of the German Society of Humboldtians

Happy reunion: The German Humboldt alumni association met in Tübingen in late October to exchange ideas and share information.

"Agenda for Embracing Diversity": Actively promoting diversity in science

As a global research funding and networking organisation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is increasing its focus on diversity in all of its areas of activity.

Smart new worlds

How AI, Robotics and Digitalisation Transform Our Lives: For the fourth time, the Humboldt Communication Lab (ComLab) brought together researchers and journalists who are now creating pieces of journalism in teams of two.

Facts or Fake News?

"Communicating science" is the main topic of the current issue of our Humboldt Kosmos magazine. Read how good science communication can flourish and play the Fake News Quiz!

For more exciting stories and news from the Humboldt Network, visit our Newsroom!

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