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Newsletter 3/2017

Dear readers,

The past months have provided impressive examples for how vibrant the Humboldt Network is. For instance, more than 570 researchers from 79 countries gathered at our annual meeting, providing "a microscopic reflection of a global academic community" as the Humboldt Foundation's President Helmut Schwartz described it. The German Chancellor Fellows visited the patron of their programme and marked the event not only with a birthday song in Berlin, but also with a wealth of tweets on the internet.  In addition, the Foundation singled out network initiatives from Belarus, Canada, Greece, Nigeria and Turkey for the excellent work they are doing to promote academic and cultural ties between Germany and their home countries.

To ensure that this impressive network with its more than 28,000 Humboldtians continues to grow, we are constantly developing, improving and refining our programmes, such as by establishing  a new award to foster particularly innovative research. 


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570 Humboldtians at Schloss Bellevue

Annual meeting of the Humboldt Foundation in Berlin: Federal President Steinmeier received researchers from approximately 80 countries and presented the Siebold Award for outstanding services in fostering exchange between Germans and Japanese. more...

  • Winners chosen for 2017 Humboldt Alumni Awards – new call for applications open

    Awards for the best network initiatives by Humboldtians this year went to Turkey, Canada, Belarus, Nigeria and Greece. Applications for the 2018 Humboldt Alumni Award can be submitted until 30 November 2017. more...

  • Philipp Schwartz Initiative funds 56 more fellows at risk – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donating more than €1 million

    The Humboldt Foundation awards funding to 41 universities so they can take in researchers at risk. A donation from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has enabled additional fellowships. more...

  • Max Planck Society and Humboldt Foundation to present new joint research award from 2018

    The Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award to be endowed with €1.5 million. more...

  • Birthday song for the chancellor

    Young leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA met Angela Merkel in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin at the end of their year as German Chancellor Fellows. more...

  • Call for nominations: Georg Forster Research Award for researchers from developing and transition countries

    Collaborative partners in Germany have until 31 October to nominate internationally recognised researchers in any discipline. Each award is valued at €60,000. more...

  • Humboldtians remember Heinrich Pfeiffer at the Humboldt Kolleg on the “Limits of Knowledge”

    Heinrich Pfeiffer, the long-time Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, enjoyed a special friendship with Poland. Over 200 researchers from more than two dozen countries gathered in Krakow to pay tribute to his life's work. more...

  • Ten years of Sino-German Frontiers of Research Symposia

    What do intestinal bacteria have to do with our behaviour? Or how important are precision measurements in astrophysics? Researchers discussed these and many other questions at the anniversary event. more...

  • First Humboldt Alumni Association in Switzerland

    Humboldt Alumni celebrated the recent founding of their association with a symposium in Bern on the subject of “Science and Digitalisation”. more...