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New Humboldt Professorships conferred: Robert Schlögl makes case for strong research funding

“Generous research funding is a German trademark. We cannot let up in our efforts to invest in science and scholarship”, Robert Schlögl, President of the Humboldt Foundation, said at the award ceremony for the Alexander von Humboldt Professorships in Berlin.

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The twelve new Humboldt Professors at the award ceremony in Berlin
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Sabine Döring, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and Robert Schlögl, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, conferred the Alexander von Humboldt Professorships on the new recipients in Berlin on Thursday evening. The 12 new Humboldt Professors are relocating from other countries to Germany, where they will work at the universities of Aachen, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Dresden, Erlangen, Jena, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Mainz and Saarbrücken.

“The Humboldt Professorship enjoys an outstanding reputation throughout the world. Generous investment in excellent research makes our country attractive as a location for conducting research and is one of Germany’s trademarks”, said Robert Schlögl. “But it is far from certain that our investments will continue to take this form or remain at this level if the resources to be allocated become scarcer. However, we will not be able to cope with climate change or other global challenges without science or without the science community’s worldwide collaboration. Consequently, we cannot let up in our efforts to invest in science and international networking,” said Schlögl.

State Secretary Sabine Döring from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research stated: “The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is Germany’s best-endowed research award. Every year, we honour internationally outstanding researchers with this very special award. We are very pleased that this year’s award winners will be bringing their excellence to the work being done in Germany where top research is being conducted. The numerous Alexander von Humboldt Professorships for Artificial Intelligence (AI) being awarded today reflect the enormous importance AI has for science, the economy and society. For this reason in particular, it is important for us to be globally active in this area. My sincere congratulations to all of this year’s award winners.”

The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship brings top international researchers from abroad to German universities. It is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award, which comes with up to €5 million in funding, offers optimal financial conditions and maximum flexibility for conducting leading-edge research in Germany. 

Information regarding all of this year’s Humboldt Professors is available here. Photos from the event will be available for download on the respective award winner’s dossier page.

Recipients of an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship:

  • Bas E. Dutilh, Bioinformatics -> Jena
    has moved from Utrecht University to the University of Jena
  • Miki Ebisuya, Developmental Biology -> Dresden
    has relocated from EMBL Barcelona to TU Dresden
  • Hanna Kokko, Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology -> Mainz
    has moved from the University of Zurich to the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
  • Tina Malti, Developmental Psychology -> Leipzig
    has moved from the University of Toronto to Leipzig University
  • Edvardas Narevicius, Atomic and Molecular Physics -> Dortmund
    has relocated from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot to TU Dortmund University

Recipients of an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence:

  • Hector Geffner, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning -> Aachen
    has relocated from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona to RWTH Aachen University
  • Vincent C. Müller, Philosophy / Ethics of AI -> Erlangen
    has relocated from Eindhoven University of Technology to the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Sayan Mukherjee, Mathematical Statistics -> Leipzig
    has moved from Duke University in Durham to Leipzig University and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
  • André Platzer, Theoretical Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence -> Karlsruhe
    has moved from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Heike Vallery, Medical Robotics -> Aachen
    has moved from TU Delft to RWTH Aachen University
  • Ingmar Weber, Computational Social Science -> Saarbrücken
    has moved from Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha to Saarland University
  • Angela Yu, Computational Neuroscience -> Darmstadt
    has switched from the University of California San Diego to the Technical University of Darmstadt

The livestream of the award ceremony is available here:

(Press release 10/2023)

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 59 Nobel Prize winners.

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