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Network meeting of the Humboldt Foundation will revolve around promoting international exchange

Some 215 researchers to attend the hybrid event being held in Cologne from 8 - 10 November

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Approximately 215 young researchers from 44 countries will meet in Cologne in person or online for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s network meeting being held from 8 to 10 November 2021. They are currently in Germany with a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation and are working with various research institutes throughout the country. The event has the aim of acquainting the new Humboldtians with one another and with the University of Cologne which is exemplary for 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: Monday, 8 November 2021, 3 p.m.
Venue: MediaPark Cologne (KOMED Saal) and online
Journalists are welcome to attend! We will be glad to arrange interviews.

On Monday, 8 November, Axel Freimuth, Rector of the University of Cologne, 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 “Between the Borders - A Migrant Experience” to be given by the Humboldtian Sanjay Mathur, Director of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Cologne. 

On Tuesday, 9 November, the attending Humboldtians will visit research institutes at the University of Cologne 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 3 p.m., fellows will present the focus of their research (online and at the meeting).

The line-up for Wednesday, 10 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 (59%), followed by the humanities and social sciences (30%) and engineering (11%). Most of the guests from abroad come from Iran (18), India (17) or the USA (15). 

(Press release 31/2021)

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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