Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives 2010

For the second time, the Foundation is recognising three projects that promote academic and cultural relations between Germany and the Humboldt alumni’s own countries, or consolidate collaboration in their own countries and regions. The awards are valued at 25,000 EUR each. The projects selected for the 2010 Humboldt Alumni Award for innovative networking initiatives are:

German-Asian cooperation on age research

Makato Arai is planning to establish a German-Asian network in the field of age research focusing on more humane treatment and better social integration for dementia sufferers. Arai wants to use the Humboldt Alumni Award to organise workshops and a seminar involving German and Asian academics from various disciplines like law and medicine, as well as civil servants, practitioners and other relevant groups. They will draw up concepts for the sustainable improvement of care for dementia sufferers.

Makoto AraiProf. Dr. Makoto Arai
teaches law and is Dean of Tsukuba University Law School in Tokyo, Japan. From 1991 to 1993, he was a Humboldt Research Fellow at LMU München. He was granted the Humboldt Research Award in 2006, which took him to Munich to cooperate with the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law. Arai is President of the Japan Adult Guardianship Law Association.
Kosmos Article „New Rules for an Ageing Society“



Researcher network for the prevention of natural hazards

Claudio Borri wants to make use of the Humboldt Alumni Award to create a transdisciplinary network. Starting in Italy, the object is to integrate many of the countries around the Mediterranean in a transdisciplinary network involving Humboldtians, junior researchers and other academics. They will focus on themes relating to risk management for the prevention of natural hazards. Their results will benefit urban planning concepts, for example, as well as structural and civil engineering.

Claudio BorriProf. Dr.-Ing. Claudio Borri
teaches computational mechanics of structures and construction statistics at the Universita degli Studi di Firenze in Italy. From 1987 to 1988, he was a Humboldt Research Fellow at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and returned there on a further research visit in 1992. In 1994, he was granted the Max Planck Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society. He is the co-founder and, since 2004, director of the Research Centre for Building Aerodynamics and Wind Engineering. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering by UACEG Sofia, Bulgaria, and an Ing-Paed. IGIP Honoris Causa by Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, in 2006. From 2005 to 2007, Borri was President of the European Society for Engineering Education and from 2006 to 2008, founding President of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies in Washington DC. He has been President of the Italian Humboldt Association since 2007.

Bioethics forum for Latin America

Victor Fernando Lolas Stepke would like to use the Humboldt Alumni Award to develop international cooperation to enhance the ethical principles of biomedical and psychosocial research in Latin America. He intends to organise a symposium, bringing together academics who can relate German anthropological traditions to American bioethics. This should lead to the establishment of a permanent forum for the research and monitoring of ethical issues in the medical and bioscientific fields. Plans are afoot for meetings, publications, Internet forums and student exchange between Latin American countries, the United States and Germany.

Victor Fernando Lolas StepkeProf. Dr. Victor Fernando Lolas Stepke
is an expert in psychosomatics and teaches physiology and psychiatry at the Universidad de Chile. He is director of the Pan American Health Organization’s bioethics programme, director of the Centre for Bioethics at the Universidad de Chile and a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. In 1980, Lolas Stepke received a Humboldt Research Fellowship which took him to Heidelberg University. Since then, he has frequently made return visits to Germany on research.