Newsletter 2/2009

Dear readers,
Every one of the 1,900 research stays which the Humboldt Foundation sponsors each year not only involves a foreign researcher, but a host and collaborative partner in Germany, too. Two examples taken from the Georg Forster Programme for researchers from developing and threshold countries reveal how both sides profit and what foreign and German researchers expect of each other. Happy reading!

    Georg Forster Fellowship

    We need a code of honour
    Nigerian linguist, Bassey Antia, and German economist, Michael Kirk, talk about learning from one another, and north-south fair play in science. more ...

    Earthquake-resistant housing for developing countries
    Despite all the research that has gone on, large earthquakes are disastrous, especially in developing countries. Earthquake-resistant housing is what is required, but it is not being built. Traditional “Fachwerkhäuser” (timber-framed houses) could solve the problem. Iranian and German researchers have hit on the unplumbed potential of ancient architecture. more ...

    N.B.: The next selection committee meetings for the Georg Forster Programme will take place in June and October. Applications may be submitted at any time.
  • Commemoration ceremony for Alexander von Humboldt

    On 6 May 2009, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will officially commemorate its namegiver on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of Alexander von Humboldt. more ...

  • 2009 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship – another four award winners selected

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has selected the first four Alexander von Humboldt Professors of 2009. A classicist, a mathematician, a quantum physicist and an economist are the recipients of the international award for research in Germany which is valued at up to five million EUR and endowed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The next closing-dates for nominations are 25 September 2009 and 22 January 2010. more ...

  • 2009 Max Planck Research Award goes to two history and memory scholars

    The two 2009 Max Planck Research Awards, valued at 750,000 EUR each, go to the German scholar of English, Aleida Assmann, and the American philologist and Humboldt Research Award winner, Karl Galinsky. They are being granted the award for their research in the field of history and memory. more ...

  • Humboldt Colloquium in Jordan

    For the very first time, a Humboldt Colloquium is taking place in Jordan, and a total of 250 participants from 20 countries are expected to attend. Most of them come from the Near and Middle East as well as Northern Africa. more ...

  • Network of Ambassador Scientists extended

    The worldwide network of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Ambassador Scientists was extended significantly in 2008. more ...

  • 2010 Sofja Kovalevskaja Award – career opportunities for young, cutting-edge researchers

    For the fifth time, the Humboldt Foundation is now inviting outstanding junior researchers from all disciplines to apply for a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award. Applications must be submitted by 15 October 2009. more ...