From 27 to 29 April 2022, 126 young researchers from 38 countries gathered at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s network meeting. They are currently in Germany as researchers sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation and are working with German colleagues at research institutes throughout the country. The event had the aim of acquainting the new Humboldtians with one another and with the University of Rostock which is exemplary for Germany as a location for conducting research. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to talk with Foundation staff members and receive tips regarding living and conducting research in Germany.
Opening ceremony: Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 3 p.m.
Venue: University of Rostock, Universitätsplatz 1, 18055 Rostock
On Wednesday, 27 April, Wolfgang Schareck, the rector of the University of Rostock, and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, welcomed the attendees at 3 p.m.
This was followed by the Humboldtian Inna Sokolova who delivered the keynote speech on “Understanding Coastal Ecosystems under Pressure: How to Use Bioenergetics to Study the Effects of Multiple Stressors on Marine Organisms”. The biologist began her international career in Germany in 1998 with a Humboldt Research Fellowship and then continued her research in Canada and the USA. She returned to Germany in 2016 and has held a chair for marine biology at the University of Rostock ever since.
On Thursday, 28 April, the attending Humboldtians visited research institutes at the University of Rostock where the young researchers could give brief lectures in specialist groups and establish contact with one another and with German colleagues. During the poster session that began at 3 p.m., fellows presented the focus of their research (University of Rostock, Konrad-Zuse-Haus, Atrium, Albert-Einstein-Straße 22, 18059 Rostock).
The line-up for Friday, 29 April, featured a special programme for Feodor Lynen Research Fellows from Germany: Starting at 9 a.m., alumni reported on their experiences abroad. The discussions focussed additionally on opportunities and strategies for fellows returning to Germany (Intercity Hotel, Herweghstraße 51, 18055 Rostock).
The majority of participants came from the natural and life sciences (60%), followed by the humanities and social sciences (29%) and engineering (11%). Most of the guests from abroad came from China (21), India (9) or the USA (8).
Attendees must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated (2 vaccinations plus a booster shot) or have recently recovered from COVID-19. Out of consideration for the other participants, each person attending is additionally requested to conduct a self-test every day of the meeting. Tests will be handed out at the registration desk at the hotel and at the university.
Attendees are required to wear a face mask (surgical mask or FFP/KN95 mask) when indoors at the respective venues and maintain a distance of at least one metre to the next person in all directions.
(Press release 11/2022)
Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains an interdisciplinary network of well over 30,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries around the world – including 59 Nobel Prize winners.