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Humboldt Foundation’s Annual Meeting and reception with Federal President Steinmeier

More than 600 international researchers to gather in Berlin on 22 and 23 June – Livestream of the opening ceremony with Nobel laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier

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Humboldtian and Nobel laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier will be holding the keynote speech.
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Finally in person once again: After two virtual meetings, the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will be held once again as an in-person event in Berlin. Participants will come from across the globe, from countries that include Brazil, India and the USA, Nigeria, Australia and Ukraine. More than 600 scientists and scholars from nearly 80 countries, who are currently guests at a German university thanks to assistance from the Humboldt Foundation, are expected to attend. The aim behind the Humboldt Foundation’s Annual Meetings is to provide a setting where Humboldtians can get acquainted and share information and ideas with one another.

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#AvHTogether – Hashtag of the Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting will be opened on 22 June at the Freie Universität Berlin by the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape, and the President of Freie Universität, Günter Ziegler. The internationally renowned infection biologist and Humboldtian Emmanuelle Charpentier, who was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, will give the keynote address. Charpentier was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in 2014 and has conducted research in Germany ever since. Following her address, two Humboldtians from Brazil and South Africa will report on their experiences during their research stays in Germany. 

Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is inviting the Humboldtians to attend a reception being held in the park at Schloss Bellevue on 23 June. Before this, he will present the Philipp Franz von Siebold Award 2022 to Keisuke Goda, professor of chemistry at the University of Tokyo and an expert for biomedical engineering, for his outstanding scientific work and his outstanding contributions to fostering exchange between Germany and Japan. The afternoon will be dedicated to lectures and laboratory and campus tours at Adlershof, a centre for research and industry.

During the entire Annual Meeting, the researchers will be available for interviews about, for example, living and conducting research in Germany and their country of origin, or about their own research projects.

Journalists are cordially invited to attend both days. It is permitted to film, photograph and make audio recordings. We will be glad to arrange interviews.
Please apply for accreditation by Wednesday, 22 June 2022, 11:00 a.m., at the latest. To receive accreditation, send an e-mail with the following information to presse[at]

  • Programme activity you would like to attend
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  • Name of media organisation
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If you would like to attend the reception being hosted by the German president for Humboldtians in the park at Schloss Bellevue, please also indicate your date and place of birth. Please additionally bring a valid ID (passport or official identity card) and press card with you to the event. The annual accreditation issued by the Bundespresseamt (Federal Press Office) may not be used for this purpose.

Covid-19 rules
The „2G Rules“ apply to the whole event except for the president’s reception which requires all participants regardless of vaccination status to show proof of a negative antigen test that is less than 24 hours old.


Opening of the Annual Meeting with a speech by Nobel laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier (2G)
Wednesday, 22 June 2022, 5 p.m. 
Venue: Henry Ford Building at Freie Universität Berlin, Max-Kade-Auditorium, Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin

Reception being given by Germany’s federal president for Humboldtians (a negative Covid-19 antigen test that is less than 24 hours old is required for admission)
Thursday, 23 June 2022, 10:30 a.m. (admission until 10:15 a.m.)
Venue: Park at Schloss Bellevue, Spreeweg 1, 10557 Berlin

Humboldt Lunchtime Fair (2G)
Thursday, 23 June 2022, 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Wissenschafts- und Wirtschaftsstandort Adlershof, Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin

Contact on location on 22 und 23 June:
Kristina Güroff, Tel. +49 (0)151 14015796
Lisa Purzitza, Tel. +49 (0)151  28403211

(Press release 19/2022)

(Press release 19/2022)


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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