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More than 200 international researchers from 47 countries in Frankfurt

Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to meet at Goethe University Frankfurt from 9 to 11 November

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This week, 203 young researchers from 47 countries will gather at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s hybrid network meeting being held at Goethe University Frankfurt from 9 to 11 November 2022. More than half of the participants will attend the meeting in person. The researchers are currently in Germany as fellows 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 Frankfurt which 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, 9 November 2022, 3 p.m.
Venue: Goethe University Frankfurt, Westend Campus, PA Building, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main

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, 9 November, Bernhard Brüne, Vice-President of Research, Early Career Researchers, and Transfer at Goethe University Frankfurt, and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, will welcome the attendees at 3 p.m.
This will be followed by the keynote lecture “Molecular Vibrations − Silent Observers and Vivid Actors” to be given by the Humboldtian Jens Bredenbeck. Following research stays in Switzerland and the Netherlands, the biophysicist received the Humboldt Foundation’s Sofja Kovalevskaja Award in 2006 and has subsequently continued his career in Germany. He has been a professor of experimental biophysics and chemical physics at Goethe University Frankfurt since 2010. 

On Thursday, 10 November, the attending Humboldtians will visit research institutes at Goethe University Frankfurt where the young researchers can 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 (Westend Campus, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Banquet Hall in the Casino building, Room 823). 

The line-up for Friday, 11 November, will feature a special programme for Feodor Lynen Research Fellows from Germany: Starting at 9 a.m., alumni will report on their experiences abroad. The discussions will additionally focus on opportunities and strategies for fellows returning to Germany.

The majority of participants come from the natural and life sciences (49%), followed by the humanities and social sciences (27%) and engineering and computer science (24%). Most of the guests from abroad come from China (41), India (14), Brazil (13), Iran (12), Italy (11) or the USA (10).

COVID-19 Rules
Attendees must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated (2 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 33/2022)

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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