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Alexander von Humboldt Professorships to be awarded by Federal Minister Stark-Watzinger on 12 May in Berlin

Germany’s best-endowed international research awards will be presented in person in 2022 once more. The event will be broadcast live.

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Humboldt Professorships Award Ceremony (Livestream on 12 Mai 2022, 7p.m.)
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The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship brings top international researchers from abroad to German universities. The award, 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. Following a pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year will see 21 researchers receive in person their awards from the years 2020 to 2022. 
The awards will be presented to them by Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger and Hans-Christian Pape, President of the Humboldt Foundation.

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Time: 12 May 2022, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Venue: Deutsche Telekom AG, Berlin office, Französische Str. 33 a-c, 10117 Berlin
Depending on the current situation, 2G-plus rules* will apply to admission. Please bring proof as stated below.
The broadcast can be accessed here starting 12 May.

Accreditation can be obtained until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 May 2022, upon submission of a copy of your press card to presse[at]

It is permitted to film, photograph and make audio recordings during the award ceremony. We would be happy to arrange one-on-one interviews with the award winners. These interviews can, by individual arrangement, be conducted in advance. Photos from the event will be made available for download on the respective award winner’s dossier page on the day after the award ceremony. 

Press contact on location: Theresa Trepesch, Tel.: 0175 / 1219519

Alexander von Humboldt Professorships are being awarded to: 

  • Catherina Becker, Neurobiology (Technische Universität Dresden, previously: University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Andrea Bréard, Sinology/Mathematics (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), previously: Université Paris-Saclay, FRA)
  • Kristian Franze, Physical Biology (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), previously: University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Christian Frezza, Metabolic Physiology (University of Cologne, previously: University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Stefan G. Hofmann, Translational Clinical Psychology (University of Marburg, previously: Boston University, USA)
  • Gustav Holzegel, Mathematics (University of Münster, previously: Imperial College London, UK)
  • Jan Huisken, Medical Engineering (University of Göttingen, previously: University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Markus Klute, Elementary Particle Physics (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), previously: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA)
  • Francisco Moreno-Fernández, Linguistics (Heidelberg University, previously: Harvard University, USA)
  • Kou Murayama, Psychology (University of Tübingen, previously: University of Reading, UK)
  • Kate Rigby, Environmental Humanities (University of Cologne, previously: Bath Spa University, UK)
  • Joacim Rocklöv, Epidemiology and Public Health (Heidelberg University, previously: Umeå University, SWE)
  • Bart Thomma, Microbiology (University of Cologne, previously: Wageningen University, NL)
  • Thorsten Wagener, Hydrology (University of Potsdam, previously: University of Bristol, UK)

Alexander von Humboldt Professorships for Artificial Intelligence are being awarded to: 

  • Peter Dayan, Theoretical Neuroscience, AI (University of Tübingen and Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, previously: University College London, UK)
  • Holger Hoos, Machine Learning (RWTH Aachen University, previously: Leiden University, NL)
  • Yaochu Jin, AI, Image and Language Processing (Bielefeld University, previously: University of Surrey, UK)
  • Daniel Rückert, Computer Science, AI (Technical University of Munich (TUM), previously: Imperial College London, UK)
  • Angela Schoellig, Robotics and AI (Technical University of Munich (TUM), previously: University of Toronto, CAN)
  • Radu Timofte, Computer Vision, AI (University of Würzburg, previously: ETH Zurich, CH)
  • Aimee van Wynsberghe, Ethics of AI (University of Bonn, previously: TU Delft, NL)

(Press release 12/2022)


* 2Gplus rule: Attendees must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid-19 plus submit a current negative Covid-19 test. Persons who have received a booster vaccination or have recently recovered from Covid-19 (max. three months since being infected) do not have to submit an additional test. Individuals who are fully vaccinated are also exempt from the test requirement when they received their last vaccination less that three months ago. 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.

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 57 Nobel Prize winners.

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