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Around 200 researchers from 49 countries to attend network meeting in Stuttgart

Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to meet at the University of Stuttgart from 22 to 24 November

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A total of 191 young researchers from 49 countries will gather at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s network meeting being held from 22 to 24 November 2023 at the University of Stuttgart. The attendees 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 has the aim of acquainting the new Humboldtians with one another and with Stuttgart, a city that is exemplary of Germany as a location for conducting research. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with Foundation staff members and receive tips regarding living and conducting research in Germany.

Opening ceremony: Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 3 p.m.
Venue: University of Stuttgart, ETI I Lecture Hall Center, Pfaffenwaldring 47, 70569 Stuttgart 

Journalists are welcome to attend! We will be glad to arrange interviews.

On Wednesday, 22 November, Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart, and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, will welcome the attendees at 3 p.m.

The Humboldtian Lars Krogmann will then give the keynote address on “Biodiversity discovery and evolutionary research at the Natural History Museum Stuttgart”.

Lars Krogmann studied biology at Universität Hamburg, where he also earned his doctorate in 2005. He then went to the University of Adelaide in Australia in 2007 as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. After conducting various research projects in Germany and abroad, he obtained his postdoctoral qualification at the University of Hohenheim in 2018. Areas of focus for his research include Integrative Phylogenetics, Integrative Taxonomy and Biodiversity Research. He has taught Systematic Entomology at the University of Hohenheim since then. In September 2022 he was appointed Scientific Director of the Natural History Museum Stuttgart, after having previously served as the acting director.

On Thursday, 23 November, the attending Humboldtians will visit research institutes at the University of Stuttgart where the young researchers give brief lectures in specialist groups and establish contact with one another and with German colleagues. During the poster session that begins at 2:45 p.m., fellows will present the focus of their research (ETI I Lecture Hall Center, University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 47, 70569 Stuttgart). 

The line-up for Friday, 24 November, will feature a special programme for Feodor Lynen Research Fellows from Germany: Starting at 9 a.m., alumni will report on their experiences abroad. The discussions will additionally focus on opportunities and strategies for fellows returning to Germany.

The majority of participants at this year’s network meeting come from the natural and life sciences (64%), followed by the humanities and social sciences (25%) and engineering (11%). The most guests from abroad come from China (21) and Nigeria (17).

(Press release 32/2022)

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 61 Nobel Prize winners.

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