First Humboldt Alumni Association in Switzerland

Humboldt Alumni celebrated the recent founding of their association with a symposium in Bern on the subject of “Science and Digitalisation”.

Founded in May, the new alumni association has set itself the goal of strengthening interdisciplinary and international scientific and scholarly collaboration, particularly with Germany. It additionally plans to introduce talented, young researchers to the funding programmes of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Digitalisation from the vantage point of philosophy

The special symposium that was organised to mark the founding of the "Schweizer Gesellschaft der HumboldtianerInnen" (Swiss Society of Humboldtians), also known as the "Société Suisse des Humboldtianer" in French and "Società Svizzera degli Humboldtiani" in Italian, revolved around the subject of “Science and Digitalisation”. Humboldt Fellows and Award Winners discussed this subject from various philosophy-based vantage points. The ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Otto Lampe, at whose initiative the new association was established, held a welcoming address to mark the founding of the association.

The association will call Bern home

The board of the new alumni association reflects the diversity of nationalities and disciplines in Switzerland: it is namely comprised of the German physicist Peter Brockman from Bern, the Italian immunologist Elisabetta Padovan from Basel and the Belgian literary scholar Bénédicte Vauthier, also from Bern.

Bern is the seat of the recently founded association which counts 29 Humboldt Alumni as its members. Prior to this time, Switzerland was one of the few countries in Europe without a Humboldt Alumni Association. Currently there are 112 Humboldt Alumni Associations in 76 countries around the world.

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