Dear reader,

The Humboldtian Benjamin List has been chosen to receive this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. We sincerely congratulate him and are pleased about the 57th Nobel Prize in the Humboldt Network! The Humboldt Foundation sponsored Benjamin List through a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship back in the late 1990s, shortly before he developed the form of catalysis for which he is now being recognised with the Nobel Prize.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended the widespread use of a malaria vaccine among children for the first time. Sofja Kovalevskaja Research Award winner Faith Osier is also working on the development of a vaccine with her team at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Kenya. Find out more about her and her fight against malaria in Part 2 of our Science Selfies.
In addition: The latest issue of our Humboldt Kosmos magazine is now available. It takes a look at the complex challenges involved in modern science communication, asks how researchers deal with them and shows how good science communication can succeed.
And last, but not least: After a digital or analogue working day, turn your home into a concert hall and follow the opening ceremony and concerts of the Bonn Humboldt Award Winners' Forum on Beethoven’s cultural legacy via livestream starting 20 October!

You can read about this and other excellent research in this newsletter.

We wish you interesting reading!

2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to the Humboldtian Benjamin List

While a postdoc, List conducted research in the USA as a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow. He has now been selected to receive this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis.

Between Preprint and Shitstorm

Out now: the latest issue of the Humboldt Kosmos magazine on the state of science communication in a time of pandemics and climate change.

On the trail of Beethoven – hybrid research symposium

From 20 to 23 October, music scholars from more than 40 countries will discuss Ludwig van Beethoven’s cultural legacy in person where it all started in Bonn as well as via a virtual format. You too can take part and watch the opening and the concerts in the livestream!

Science Selfies – Research made in Africa: Faith Osier

In our series "Science Selfies", Humboldtians in Africa open their offices and labs for you. The Kenyan immunologist and paediatrician Faith Osier reports on how her fight against malaria has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are a family”

Over the course of two days, the virtual Humboldt colloquium gave Humboldtians and young researchers from Central and Eastern Europe the opportunity to establish new contacts and share information and expertise.

Humboldt Foundation supports six new research hubs in Africa

They are to help cope with the current pandemic and develop strategies for handling future crises. Germany’s Federal Foreign Office is currently financing five research hubs in Africa. A sixth one is being financed in cooperation with the Bayer Foundation.

Register now for the TEDxKanzlerPark Conference 2021

Fellows and alumni of the German Chancellor Fellowship will discuss building a common future, change of perspective, and (un)harnessing the internet.

Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award for new quantum material

The Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation recognise the achievements of Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Anastassia Alexandrova, and Sumit Gulwani

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

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