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More than 120 researchers from 35 countries to attend network meeting in Magdeburg

Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will meet at the University of Magdeburg from 24 to 26 April.

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One hundred and twenty-seven young researchers from 35 countries will gather at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s network meeting being held at the University of Magdeburg from 24 to 26 April 2024.  The attendees are currently in Germany as researchers sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation and are working with colleagues at research institutes throughout the country. The event has the aim of acquainting the new Humboldtians with one another and with Magdeburg, 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, 24 April 2024, 3 p.m.
Venue: Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg

Journalists are welcome to attend! We will be glad to arrange interviews.

On Wednesday, 24 April, Jens Strackeljan, rector of Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg, 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 to be given by the Humboldtian Stefan Remy, professor of molecular and cellular neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine at Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg.

Remy, a medical doctor and neuroscientist, has been scientific director of the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) since 2020 and heads the Department of Cellular Neuroscience which studies the link between behaviour changes and learning processes. Prior to this, he conducted research at DZNE (German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases) in Bonn. In 2005, he went to Northwestern University in Chicago where he studied the fundamentals underpinning the workings of synapses with a Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 

On Thursday, 25 April, the attending Humboldtians will visit research institutes at the University of Magdeburg 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 (Mensa UniCampus Magdeburg, Hohepfortestr. 25, 39106 Magdeburg). 

Starting 3 p.m., the Humboldt Foundation will present itself and its programmes to all interested parties during an informational lecture (Building G22A, Room 203, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg).

The majority of participants at this year’s network meeting come from the natural and life sciences (69%), followed by the humanities and social sciences (22%) and engineering (9%). Most of the guests from abroad come from China (20), India (14), and Brazil (12).

(Press release 7/2024)

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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