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

More than 700 international researchers to gather in Berlin on 28 and 29 June – Livestream of the opening ceremony with keynote address by Humboldt Professor Margaret C. Crofoot

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#AvHTogether – Hashtag of the Annual Meeting!

To mark its 70th anniversary this year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is looking forward and, in keeping with this, is holding its Annual Meeting under the motto “What’s next?”. The Foundation’s new president, Robert Schlögl, chemist and energy expert, will open the Annual Meeting for the first time.

Participants will come from across the globe, from countries that include Brazil, China, India and Nigeria as well as Australia, Cameroon, Italy and the USA. More than 700 scientists and scholars from 83 countries, who are currently guests at a German university thanks to assistance from the Humboldt Foundation, are expected to attend. Many will be coming with their families. 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.

The Annual Meeting will be opened on 28 June at Freie Universität Berlin by the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Robert Schlögl, and the President of Freie Universität, Günter Ziegler. The keynote address will be given by the behavioural ecologist and evolutionary anthropologist Professor Margaret C. Crofoot, Humboldt Professor at the University of Konstanz and director at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior  .   Meg Crofoot studies how animal communities come about and function. Using field studies and the latest remote sensing technology, she examines how animals that live in groups   achieve shared goals. Following her address, two Humboldtians from China and Kenya will report in a discussion with Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, on their experiences during their research stays in Germany. 

Germany’s President Walter Steinmeier is inviting Humboldtians to attend a reception being held in the park at Schloss Bellevue on 29 June. Before this, he will present the 2023 Philipp Franz von Siebold Award to Fumio Inagaki, researcher and director of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and professor at the Department of Earth Science of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, for his exceptional 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 Freie Universität Berlin.

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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, and about their own research projects.

Journalists are cordially invited to attend both days. It is permitted to film, photograph and make audio recordings during the activities. We will be glad to arrange interviews.
Please apply for accreditation by 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 28 June 2023 at the latest, by sending an e-mail with the following information:

  • Programme activity you would like to attend
  • Contact information
  • Name of media organisation  
  • Copy of your press ID

For journalists without an accreditation card of the federal press office: 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 government-issued identity card) and press card with you to the event.


Opening ceremony for the annual meeting with keynote address by Humboldt Professor Margaret C. Crofoot
Time: Wednesday, 28 June 2023, 6 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 
Time: Thursday, 29 June 2023, 10:30 a.m. (admission until 10:15 a.m.)
Venue: Park at Schloss Bellevue, Spreeweg 1, 10557 Berlin

Humboldt Lunchtime Fair 
Time: Thursday, 29 June 2023, 12:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Henry Ford Building / campus of Freie Universität Berlin, Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin

Contact on location on 28 und 29 June:
Lisa Purzitza, Tel. 0151 28403211
Stefan Wünsche, Tel. 0160 93630677

70 years of excellent research in the Humboldt Network – #AvHWhatsNext

70 years of excellent research in the Humboldt Network

(Press release 17/2023)

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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