28 March 2018

Research Awards conferred in Bamberg

Forty-five researchers from throughout the world were recently honoured for their outstanding achievements at a symposium for research award winners of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Speech by President Hans-Christian Pape on the evening of the award ceremony. (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Thomas Dunkel)

The certificates are ready to be awarded: forty-five researchers were honoured during the course of the evening with Research Awards. (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Thomas Dunkel)

Research awards for scientists from developing and transition countries: Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn together with Hans-Christian Pape presents one of a total of three Georg Forster Research Awards to the media scholar Herman Wasserman from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Barthel Bamberg)

Reimar Lüst Award for international humanities scholars and social scientists: the historian Mary Lindemann from the University of Miami at the award ceremony with Frank Suder, Chairman of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and Humboldt Foundation President Hans-Christian Pape. (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Barthel Bamberg)

Scientific lectures: several award winners presented their research work during the symposium. Here, the geoscientist Peter van der Beek from the Université Grenoble Alpes (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Thomas Dunkel)

City tour of Bamberg: at the end of the symposium there was still time to do some sight-seeing in the UNESCO World Heritage City. (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Thomas Dunkel)

Scientists gathered at a symposium held in Bamberg by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation from 22 to 24 March. During these three days more than 100 researchers heard papers from various fields of science and used the opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue.

The official presentation of the Humboldt Research Awards by the President of the Humboldt Foundation is traditionally the centre piece of the annual symposium. In his speech, President Hans-Christian Pape directly addressed the award winners and underscored that supporting and funding excellent, independent individuals is extremely important for science. "We support the core of science. We support you, the scientists", Pape said during the ceremony in Bamberg's historical Ziegelbau, a listed red brick building.

Also attending the ceremony was Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn. In his capacity as the Bundestag representative for Bamberg he presented certificates to researchers from developing and transition countries who are helping to solve development-related problems through their work. Frank Suder, Chairman of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, presented the Reimar Lüst Award for international humanities scholars and social scientists. This prize is awarded every year by the Humboldt Foundation in collaboration with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

Humboldt Research Awards are endowed with €60,000 each and are conferred on international scientists and scholars for their outstanding research.

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