Dear reader,

The Humboldt Foundation condemns Russia’s attack on Ukraine which is in breach of international law. “At the same time, we are relying on science and science diplomacy as instruments of trust and dialogue. It would be disastrous if we were to destroy these bridges”, said Hans-Christian Pape, President of the Humboldt Foundation. “We offer refuge and support to those persons who are committed to promoting understanding and cooperation.” Fast and flexible assistance is equally important right now, as is sending a signal to the Russian regime that we stand united with Ukraine and condemn the Russian aggression.

You likewise want to help, and your institute could take in researchers and scholars who are threatened by the war in Ukraine? Then allow us to list your contact details and concrete offers on our website. You will find links to this list with the latest offers of assistance and to information about our first package of measures in this newsletter. Also to be found in this issue are interviews with Humboldtians from Ukraine and Russia who share their personal experiences with us.

In addition, this issue presents our new AI and Us podcast, in which experts from the Humboldt Network explain important aspects of artificial intelligence. And it shows how researchers from Germany have been able to collaborate successfully with colleagues from abroad during the last year despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

We wish you interesting reading!

War in Ukraine

The Foundation strongly condemns the Russian government’s war in Ukraine. Researchers who are threatened by the war will be offered unbureaucratic assistance and refuge. Find all important information, measures and a list with the latest offers of assistance for these individuals here.

Podcast "AI and Us"

In the ten-part podcast "AI and Us", AI experts in the Humboldt Network talk about their research field and answer the most important questions on artificial intelligence.

Research stays abroad for researchers from Germany

Flexible sponsorships, particularly during an ongoing pandemic, benefit researchers from Germany and their hosts abroad. Here you can read reports from Feodor Lynen Research Fellows from last year.

Atenção Pesquisadores – Fellowships for researchers from Brazil

The CAPES-Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme will once again be granting fellowships for researchers from Brazil with above-average qualifications. The deadline for the first round of applications this year is 31 May.

Winners of the fourth Communication Lab honoured

The four best works from the fourth round of the Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media have recently been announced by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the International Journalists’ Programmes.

Another world is possible

The Humboldt alumnae and archaeologists Leila Papoli-Yazdi and Maryam Dezhamkhooy are digging deep into their home country’s past. They explain how society changed there and dispel several clichés.

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

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