Winners chosen for 2015 Humboldt Alumni Awards – applications for next year's awards being accepted

Awards for the best network initiatives by Humboldtians this year went to Bulgaria, Nigeria, Poland, Ukraine and the USA. Applications for the 2016 Humboldt Alumni Award can be submitted until 30 November 2015.

Humboldt Alumni Award Winner 2015
Photo: Humboldt Foundation/David Ausserhofer

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation conferred its Humboldt Alumni Awards for the seventh time on 10 June at the Foundation's Annual Meeting. This year's awards went to Humboldtians from Bulgaria, Nigeria, Poland, Ukraine and the USA. With this award, the Foundation puts the spotlight on initiatives from its network that make a contribution to intensifying academic and cultural ties between Germany and the countries of the selected alumni and to strengthening the alumni networks in these countries. The following initiatives were selected for the award this year:

  • Milcho Kirilov Tsvetkov from Bulgaria wants to bring researchers in the astroinformatics field from his home country and the neighbouring Balkan States as well as from Armenia, Germany and the Ukraine together through his "Humboldt Astroinformatics Networking Initiative". This network will provide a platform for the development of specialised computer applications, the sharing of data and ideas on innovative uses of information technology and the initiation of collaborative international scientific projects.
  • Nigeria's Oluyemi Akinloye plans to develop a network for university managers in his country. His initiative "Humboldtians Education Managers' Network" has the objective of optimising the sharing of experience within the network itself and injecting greater efficiency into the use of the country's existing research infrastructure.
  • Przemyslaw Marciniak, a Greek Philologist from Poland, wants to use his project "Byzantine Reception Network" to develop a network that revolves around the reception of the Byzantine culture. Members will use the network first and foremost to share scholarly information about the historiographical tradition of Byzantium and its influence on literature, theatre and popular culture of the modern age.
  • The mathematician Alexandra V. Antoniouk from Ukraine will organise, together with her French colleague Sylvie Paycha, an exhibition titled "Women Humboldtians in Mathematics around Europe. A gallery of portraits". The exhibition will feature portraits of 13 successful female mathematicians and be shown in ten European cities. Lectures, discussions and workshops are planned for each of the stops of this travelling exhibition. The initiative aims to encourage its participants to network and share information.
  • Judith Giordan from the USA wants to link up female scientists with one another through her network initiative "Women in Innovation". The initiative will use online surveys to analyse the experiences gathered by female Humboldtians in their capacity as successful researchers, innovators and catalysts. The findings will be made available in a global online network and a forum created explicitly by women for women, where they can share views and information with one another and develop and realise new, innovative ideas.

Applications for the next round of awards are already being accepted: alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation have until 30 November 2015 to submit an application for the 2016 Humboldt Alumni Award. To support the winner's work on location, each award comes with up to €25,000 which are provided through funding from the Federal Foreign Office.


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