Next week, 129 young researchers from 36 countries will gather at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Network Meeting being held at Chemnitz University of Technology from 8 to 10 February 2023. 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 Chemnitz, 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, 8 February 2023, 3 p.m.
Venue: Chemnitz University of Technology, Straße der Nationen 62, 09111 Chemnitz
Journalists are welcome to attend! We will be glad to arrange interviews. Please note that attendees must provide proof that they have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19 (‘2G-Nachweis’).
On Wednesday, 8 February, Gerd Strohmeier, president of Chemnitz University of Technology, and Steffen Mehlich, head of the Sponsorship and Network Department at the Humboldt Foundation, will welcome the attendees at 3 p.m.
This will be followed by the keynote lecture “Recycle, Repair - How the spinal cord regenerates” to be given by the Humboldt Professor Catherina G. Becker.
Catherina G. Becker earned her doctorate in biology at the University of Bremen. After conducting research in Switzerland and the USA, she took up work at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology in Hamburg in 1998. She became a professor at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, in 2005. She was selected to receive Germany’s most valuable research award – an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship – in 2001, and has headed a research group at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) at TU Dresden ever since.
On Thursday, 9 February, the attending Humboldtians will visit research institutes at Chemnitz University of Technology 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 (Chemnitz University of Technology, Straße der Nationen 62, 09111 Chemnitz).
The majority of participants come from the natural and life sciences (44%), followed by the humanities and social sciences (31%) and engineering (25%). Most of the guests from abroad come from China (18), India (15), and Nigeria and Iran (13 each).
Attendees must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated (two vaccinations plus a booster shot) or have recently recovered from COVID-19. Out of consideration for the other participants, each person attending is additionally requested to conduct a self-test every day of the meeting. Tests will be handed out at the university.
Attendees are required to wear a face mask (surgical mask or FFP/KN95 mask) and maintain a distance of at least one metre to the next person in all directions when indoors at the respective venues.
(Press release 2/2022)
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.