22 November 2017

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation honoured in Bulgaria

The President of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences each conferred a special award on the Humboldt Foundation on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Humboldt Union in Bulgaria alumni association.

Stiftungspräsident Helmut Schwarz
Secretary General Enno Aufderheide (left) received the Honorary Sign of the President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev (right), on behalf of the Foundation
(Photo: German Embassy in Bulgaria)

On November 16, the President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, awarded the Medal of Honour of the President to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Secretary General Enno Aufderheide received the award on behalf of the Foundation at a reception held in the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia. In his speech, President Radev thanked the Humboldt Foundation for fostering scientific relations between Bulgaria and Germany, noting that Humboldtians in Bulgaria play an important role in promoting young scientists and contribute to the success of Bulgarian society as a whole. 

Julian Revalski, President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, additionally awarded the Humboldt Foundation the Academy's Marin Drinov Medal in recognition of the Foundation's support for Bulgarian researchers. In the years since 1953, the Humboldt Foundation has granted nearly 400 fellowships and awards to scientists and scholars from Bulgaria.

Marin Drinov Medal of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Marin Drinov Medal of the Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences

The reception was held to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Humboldt Union in Bulgaria alumni association which is being celebrated in 2017. The ceremony was also attended by the German Ambassador in Bulgaria, Herbert Salber, and many Bulgarian Humboldtians and representatives of other Humboldt alumni associations in Central and Southeastern Europe.

From 16-18 November, nearly 150 individuals attended the Humboldt Kolleg on "Humboldtians and scientific progress in the Central and East European countries" which was held in Sofia in collaboration with the German Embassy.  The attendees exhibited on a very practical level the international scientific collaboration for which the Humboldt Foundation is a byword. While most of the participants came from Bulgaria and Germany, a large number came from other countries in Central and Southeastern Europe. For many of them, their research stay in Germany marked the start of an international research career. Quite a few Bulgarian Humboldtians hold key positions in the national science landscape today, such in the highest echelons of the Bulgarian National Science Fund, as the vice-president of the Academy or vice-rectors of leading universities in Bulgaria.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes and supports Humboldt Kollegs in order to strengthen regional and professional networking between its alumni and spark junior researchers' interest in Alexander von Humboldt Foundation programmes and in Germany as a research location. These symposia are organised and their content is determined by Humboldt alumni associations or individual Humboldtians in the country where they are held.

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