Dear reader,

As Nobel laureate and Humboldtian Emmanuelle Charpentier summed it up at our Annual Meeting two weeks ago, “new discoveries come from a mixture of ideas, of people, of cultures, of methodologies”. More than 1,000 Humboldtians from all over the world were on hand for this year’s get-together – held online for the second time now because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The conference motto “Diversity of Ideas” resonated strongly with the attendees, due perhaps in part to the long months of maintaining physical distance we’ve been through. Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier even spoke of diversity as “the best way to create a just society – and the best way to achieve academic and scientific success”. The conditions that the pandemic imposes upon us have also made us very aware again of how important sharing information and ideas and coming together across all borders is.

In this issue of our Newsletter, you can read more about our digital Annual Meeting, the recently selected Humboldt Professors for 2022, and our new initiatives for collaboration with African researchers.

We wish you an enjoyable time reading these and other reports!

The 2021 Annual Meeting – “Best of”

With more than 1,000 participants from nearly 80 countries, this year’s Annual Meeting of the Humboldt Foundation was once again a highlight among the many meetings and encounters in the Humboldt Network.

First winners of the 2022 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship announced

These top international scientists are to strengthen research work in Germany. They have now been selected to receive Germany’s most valuable international research award which is designed to allow them to work for an extended period at a German university.

Two German Research Chairs filled at AIMS Rwanda

As part of the international German Research Chairs programme, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has made appointments to two chairs at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Kigali, Rwanda.

New scouts selected: Henriette Herz Scouting Programme to feature two programme lines in future

In the second round of the Henriette Herz Scouting Programme, a further 23 scouts, including 10 female researchers, were chosen to recruit talented individuals for the Humboldt Network.

2021 Humboldt Alumni Awards presented – Applications for the 2022 awards now possible

This year’s awards for the best networking initiatives developed by Humboldtians are going to Argentina, Bulgaria, Nigeria, the Czech Republic and Uzbekistan.

Communication Lab #3

In the third round of the "Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media", Humboldt Fellows and journalists discussed sustainability and social justice.

Konrad Adenauer Research Award 2021

Adele Reinhartz to receive this year’s research award for strengthening scientific and cultural relations between Canada and Germany.

“Diversity of perspectives makes all the difference”

With its #ProgressDiversity campaign, the Humboldt Foundation is working to boost diversity in science and in the support it provides for outstanding, talented researchers. Interview with Judith Wellen, head of the Humboldt Foundation’s Strategy and External Relations Department, on the search for international talent, the power of diversity and the Foundation’s network of excellence.

The Humboldt Foundation and Bayer Foundation jointly fostering research in Africa

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Bayer Foundation are working together to promote and fund research in Africa. The Bayer Foundation will provide approximately three million euros for this endeavour until 2027.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative marks fifth anniversary: How a new start can succeed

Read an interview with Programme Director Frank Albrecht, take a look at portraits of Philipp Schwartz fellows who are able to continue their work at German research institutions, or take a look at our new dossier and brochure on the program.

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

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