18 October 2011

First Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum launched

Ei-ichi Negishi, Humboldt Foundation Research Award Winner and Nobel Laureate, held the keynote lecture at the launch of the Award Winners’ Forum on 12 October 2011 at the University of Bonn.

Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Ei-ichi Negishi holding the keynote lecture
Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Ei-ichi
Negishi holding the keynote lecture
at the opening of the First Bonn
Humboldt Award Winners' Forum.

Photo: Humboldt-Stiftung/Michael Jordan

The First Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum saw award winners and fellows of the Foundation come together in Bonn from 12 to 16 October. 100 scientists and scholars from 28 countries met at the Foundation’s invitation. On two of the days, Humboldt Research Award winners gave world-class lectures, and fellows presented some 50 scientific posters. In the International Year of Chemistry the forum addressed the theme “Frontiers in Macromolecular and Material Science” and was organised in cooperation with the University of Bayreuth.

The Lord Mayor of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch, the Rector of the University of Bonn, Jürgen Fohrmann, and the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, opened the event on 12 October in the main hall of the university. The keynote lecture was given by Humboldt Research Award winner and 2010 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner, Ei-ichi Negishi.

William Kinderman at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn
Musicologist and
Humboldt Research Award Winner
William Kinderman

Photo: Humboldt-Stiftung/
Daniela Schmitter

On 13 October, musicologist and Humboldt Award winner, William Kinderman, gave a lecture recital featuring various works by Ludwig van Beethoven in the Chamber Music Hall at the composer’s birthplace, the Beethovenhaus in Bonn.

The First Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum was the launch event of a new format developed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to promote networking between its research award winners, junior researchers and German host institutions. Invited doctoral candidates not sponsored by the Foundation can also benefit from this network by making valuable contacts at an early stage in their careers. Last but not least, the conferences are designed to sharpen the profile of Bonn as a city of science. The Award Winners’ Forum is planned as an annual event with philosophy as the focus in October 2012.

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