Newsletter 3/2016

Dear Reader,

The last weeks at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation have been a study in contrasts:

There was often reason to be pleased because many outstanding researchers were honoured – for example, for their work on the secrets of black holes, the fascinating senses of animals, and the fight against malaria.

But we all received alarming news as well. News about growing conflicts, about the persecution of researchers and encroachments on the freedom of knowledge. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will continue to support scientists and scholars who are threatened by war and persecution in their home countries: it is extending the Philipp Schwartz Initiative into a second round and is working with national and international partners on developing a platform for an exchange on the situation of researchers at risk.

You can read more about all of these subjects in our latest Newsletter.

Sponsorship programme for threatened researchers goes into second round

With the support of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, another 24 threatened reseachers are due to start working at German universities and research institutions from January 2017. more...

  • Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany denounces drastic interventions in the academic freedom of Turkish researchers

    Statement issued by the Alliance of Science Organisations. more...

  • Bonnie Bassler and Martin Wikelski receive Max Planck Research Award

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society honour scientists with awards for their pioneering research into the sensory perception of organisms. more...

  • 2016 Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards granted

    Six international research talents to receive up to €1.65 million each and develop their own research group in Halle/Saale, Heidelberg, Jena, Mainz and Potsdam. more...

  • Federal President Gauck:  "We are a country of science and research"

    Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany's president Joachim Gauck stressed the role science plays in solving global problems and paid tribute to the contributions made by the Humboldt Family. more...

  • Winners chosen for 2016 Humboldt Alumni Awards – new call for applications open

    Awards for the best network initiatives by Humboldtians this year went to Argentina, Australia, Great Britain and Russia. Applications for the 2017 Humboldt Alumni Award can be submitted until 30 November 2016. more...

  • What value is attached to the Humboldt Network? – Study now online

    Humboldtians have a strong sense of community and very strong ties with Germany according to an extensive study that takes an in-depth look at the Humboldt Foundation’s Network. more...

  • Mexico-Germany – New research award strengthens alliance for the future

    The 2016/2017 Dual Year Mexico-Germany – Alliance for the Future aims to step up the exchange of scientists and scholars of both countries. Collaboration is also to be fostered with the help of a new research award. more...