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Five new Alexander von Humboldt Professors selected

Germany’s most valuable research award goes to Berlin, Duisburg-Essen, Hamburg, Leipzig and Potsdam.

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Top row: Daniel Kráľ, Dana Branzei, Sandra Wachter; bottom row: Ingrid Piller, Arend Bayer
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An Alexander von Humboldt Professorship which comes with up to €5 million in funding offers not only optimal financial conditions but also maximum flexibility for conducting leading-edge research in Germany. The recently selected award winners are to use Germany’s most valuable international research award to work for an extended period at a German research institute. 

The new award winners will now embark on appointment negotiations with the German universities that nominated them. They will receive their awards in 2025 following the successful conclusion of their negotiations. These universities are Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Duisburg-Essen, Universität Hamburg, Leipzig University together with the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, and the University of Potsdam together with the Hasso Plattner Institute.

About the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 

The following individuals were selected to receive a Humboldt Professorship:

  • The mathematician Arend Bayer is to move to Freie Universität Berlin. At present, he is a professor at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 
  • The successful nomination of molecular biologist Dana Branzei was submitted by the University of Duisburg-Essen. She currently works at the IFOM cancer research institute in Milan, Italy.
  • Daniel Kráľ is an expert for discrete mathematics. In future, he will conduct research at Leipzig University and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences. He currently is a professor at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.   
  • Ingrid Piller,  linguist at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, is now slated to switch to the Universität Hamburg as a Humboldt Professor.

Additional Humboldt Professorships in the field of artificial intelligence may be granted in 2024. These Humboldt Professorships can also focus on the societal, legal and ethical aspects of artificial intelligence. 
The following researcher will receive a Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence:

  • Sandra Wachter was nominated by the University of Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. She currently conducts research at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, along the interface between technology and law.

During its meeting in April, the Selection Committee took decisions on eight nominations. The second selection round for the 2025 Humboldt Professorships will be held in autumn 2024. 
Alexander von Humboldt Professorships are awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and financed by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

(Press release 11/2024)

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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