07 April 2016

Humboldt Foundation at the “Menschen bewegen” Forum on Cultural Relations and Education Policy

Exchange and dialogue in the cultural sphere, education and research are the aims of cultural relations and education policy. Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and its partners will be presenting various facets of cultural relations and education policy at the “Menschen bewegen” (Moving People) forum being held in Berlin from 13 to 15 April. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will also be on hand in its capacity as an intermediary organisation for Germany’s cultural relations and education policy. Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM), it will be hosting the Long Night of Ideas at the WissenschaftsForum:

Round table on “Funky Science & Punky Buddha!”

What does science have to do with funkiness? Could Buddha actually have been a punk? Questions, questions, questions - they are the point of departure for all scientific endeavours. In order to find answers, science needs dialogue that cuts across national borders, disciplines, and cultural boundaries. During a high-calibre discussion, international personalities will report on how they have crossed borders and built bridges by sharing experiences and information.

Participants: Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Lado Chanturia, Ambassador of Georgia to Germany, legal scholar and former Humboldt Foundation Fellow, and others.

Moderator: Jan-Martin Wiarda

Date: Thursday, 14 April 2016, 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Venue: WissenschaftsForum Berlin (Markgrafenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin)

Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, will hold the keynote lecture on the subject of cultural relations policy. Following the discussion round, the Berlin-based filmmaker and photographer Andreas Hartmann will show his documentary film “My Buddha is Punk” about the emerging punk scene in Myanmar and its cultural fight for human rights.

Registration, further information and the complete programme for the “Menschen bewegen” forum: www.menschenbewegen2016.de or www.facebook.com/menschenbewegen2016

Contact for interested media and press registration: Press Division of the Federal Foreign Office (presse(at)diplo.de; Tel.: 030 5000 2058/59) or Dr Gabriele Minz GmbH (sebastian.himstedt(at)minzgmbh.de; Tel.: 030 9900 7878).


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