Newsletter 3/2013

Dear readers,
The Humboldt Foundation is 60 this year. In 1953, the year it was founded, the moon landing was little more than a pipe dream, pacemakers and the contraceptive pill had not yet been invented, and particle accelerators, smartphones and the Internet were at best science fiction. Just a few examples to show how much progress science has made since then and how quickly the world has changed. That the fundamental idea underlying the Foundation and the tools it introduced in its early years are still so relevant and so successful today is all the more astounding.
Of course, the Foundation itself has also continued to evolve and respond to the changing times, from the post-war period and the Cold War through the rapid growth of the 1960s to the invention of the culture of welcome; from establishing million-euro awards in response to the growing international competition for the brightest minds to the Foundation’s engagement in Europe. Read more about the challenges of the past and those facing us as we head into the future in the new edition of our magazine, Kosmos, and in this newsletter.
 

    That Humboldt Feeling

    One has been associated with the Foundation since its beginnings, the other leads it today. Heinrich Pfeiffer and Enno Aufderheide discuss the past and the present, fellows’ meetings and mnemonic tricks, German beer and Coca Cola, and the secret of the Humboldt family’s success. more... 

  • A Network for Europe

    The Humboldt Foundation as a blueprint for Europe? An idea worth debating, says President Helmut Schwarz. We spoke with him about the prospects for a European research policy to succeed against national egoism and bureaucratic omnipotence.        more...

  • 60 Years of the Humboldt Foundation: fundraising campaign for junior researchers

    The Humboldt Foundation launched a fundraising campaign as it entered its anniversary year. Donations will be used to introduce young researchers into the Foundation’s network. more...

  • Humboldt Foundation attracts 7 million EUR in EU funding

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has attracted approximately 7 million EUR in European Union (EU) funding, which it will use to finance additional measures to make the Foundation’s Georg Forster Research Fellowships more attractive. more...
  • Call for applications: 2014 Humboldt Alumni Award

    Until 30 November 2013, the Humboldt Foundation’s alumni can submit their own networking strategies to apply for the 2014 Humboldt Alumni Award. These strategies should be designed to consolidate academic and cultural ties between Germany and the applicants’ own countries and to promote alumni networks in these countries. more...

  • Humboldt Foundation and Joachim Herz Stiftung cooperate: 800,000 EUR to fund fellowships for natural scientists from Turkey

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Joachim Herz Stiftung are to cooperate in promoting scientific exchange with Turkey. To this end, the Joachim Herz Stiftung will provide funds of approximately 800,000 EUR until 2016 to finance a total of up to eight Humboldt research fellowships in the natural sciences. more...  

  • German Chancellor Fellowships now also for India and Brazil

    The Humboldt Foundation now invites future leaders from Brazil and India to Germany to carry out a project and make contacts under its German Chancellor Fellowship Programme. So far, the fellowships have been open to young talents from the USA, Russia and China. The addition of Brazil and India means that two economically and politically important growth countries have been included in the programme. Applications may be submitted from now until mid-September. more... 

  • Now on the Humboldt Foundation’s YouTube channel: film portraits of the 2013 Alexander von Humboldt Professors

    A short film has been made about each of the award winners in which they allow viewers to share their passion for their subjects and reveal what they hope to achieve as Alexander von Humboldt Professors in Germany. more...