Newsletter 6/2011

First Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum

Ei-ichi Negishi, Humboldt Foundation Research Award Winner and Nobel Laureate, held the keynote lecture at the launch of the Award Winners’ Forum at the University of Bonn.

Ei-ichi Negishi
Ei-ichi Negishi
Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Michael Jordan

The first Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum saw award winners and fellows of the Foundation come together in Bonn from 12 to 16 October. 101 scientists and scholars from 28 countries met at the Foundation’s invitation. On two of the days, 20 Humboldt Research Award Winners gave world-class lectures, and Fellows presented 57 scientific posters. In the International Year of Chemistry the forum addressed the topic “Frontiers in Macromolecular and Material Science”. Hans-Werner Schmidt, who holds the chair in Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, was in charge of the theme.

The Lord Mayor of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch, the Rector of the University of Bonn, Jürgen Fohrmann, and the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, opened the event on 12 October in the main hall of the university. The keynote lecture was given by Humboldt Research Award Winner and 2010 Chemistry Nobel Laureate, Ei-ichi Negishi.

The first Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum was the launch event of a new format developed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to promote networking between its research award winners, German host institutions and junior researchers not sponsored by the Foundation so far. Last but not least, the conference is designed to sharpen the profile of Bonn as a city of science. The Award Winners’ Forum is planned as an annual event with philosophy as the focus in October 2012.

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