“The future is now!”

Humboldt Fellows present approaches to greater sustainability in society, culture and research at the Long Night of Ideas 2021.

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“How soon is tomorrow?” is the question posed by the Federal Foreign Office, inviting participation in its Long Night of Ideas on 7 June 2021 from 7.30 p.m. This virtual tour of discovery is also the final event of the conference “People Movement 2021”. Innovative projects and exchange formats provide the impetus for pooling thoughts on a sustainable, diverse and digital future.

Building on their successful cooperation in previous years, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) are again offering a joint session during the Long Night of Ideas 2021.The focus will be firmly on the alumni and fellows of the three organisations’ fellowship programmes.

“The future is now: sustainability in society, culture and research” is the topic being addressed by the three partner organisations in the form of a digital Pecha Kucha. Using this contemporary, visual format, three funding recipients from each of the organisations will present their current projects and research. The speakers can choose their own method of presentation – from a classic lecture to a science slam. The result will be a lively, innovative event combining various subjects for the audience in an exciting, entertaining and informative fashion. The thread running through the session is sustainability. Anyone interested is invited to engage with the speakers via a live chat.

Amongst the speakers are alumni and funding recipients from Taiwan, France, the United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Tunesia and, of course, Germany. The issues they raise will range from environmental impacts on bee populations via green tourism, energy transformation and circular economy to sustainability in the cultural sector.


8 p.m.: Digital Pecha Kucha with funding recipients of the Humboldt Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) at

10.15 p.m. – 10.25 p.m.: Live conversation with funding recipients of the three partner organisations (via video) in the studio.

For additional information on the conference “People Movement 2021” and the sixth Long Night of Ideas visit:

The event is open to the public and will be streamed live.

Partner organisations:

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:
    Press contact: Lisa Purzitza 030/20456267, presse[at]
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):
    Press contact: Anja Meerschiff, 030/2022 08 41, presse[at]
  • ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen):
    Press contact: Guido Jansen-Recken, 030/2844 9119, presse[at]

(Press release 7/2021)


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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