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More than 200 researchers from 54 countries to attend network meeting in Mainz

Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will meet at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz from 19 to 21 April.

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A total of 203 young researchers from 54 countries will gather at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s network meeting being held from 19 to 21 April 2023 at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. 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 Mainz, 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, 19 April 2023, 3 p.m.
Venue: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Alte Mensa, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5, 55128 Mainz

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

On Wednesday, 19 April, Georg Krausch, the president of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, will welcome the attendees at 3 p.m.

Humboldtian Helen May-Simera will then give the keynote lecture “Ciliary Signalling: A ‘new’ way for cells to communicate”.

The British researcher Helen May-Simera studied biochemistry at the University of Bath and gained her doctorate at University College London, UK. Following various research stays in the USA, she was chosen in 2014 to receive the Humboldt Foundation’s Sofja Kovalevskaja Award which brought her to Mainz as the head of a junior research team. She has been a professor at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since 2021.

On Thursday, 20 April, the attending Humboldtians will visit research institutes at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz 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 (Alte Mensa, Atrium maximum, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5, 55128 Mainz). 

The line-up for Friday, 21 April, 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 (53%), followed by the humanities and social sciences (26%) and engineering (21%). Most of the guests from abroad come from China (33), India (20), and Iran (9).

(Press release 8/2022)

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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