15 May 2012, No. 15/2012

“The Humboldt Professorship brings international superstars of research to Germany”

Research Minister Schavan and Humboldt Foundation President Schwarz confer Humboldt Professorships in Berlin

Six leading researchers from abroad received Alexander von Humboldt Professorships on Tuesday evening in Berlin. Germany’s highest-valued international research award, worth up to 5 million EUR, was presented by the Federal Minister for Research and Technology, Annette Schavan, and the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz. The award winners were nominated by the Universities of Dresden, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Munich (TU), Münster and Tübingen, and are to conduct long-term research in Germany.

“The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship brings international superstars of research to Germany and is increasingly establishing itself as an effective addition to the Excellence Initiative”, said Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation. “The award winners will use the freedom and the leeway afforded them by this award to energise their colleagues, to inspire their students and to profoundly influence their universities”, said Schwarz.

“Global networking in science and research has continued to accelerate and expand in recent years – which is important in view of the global challenges we face. Science is driven by personal exchange and individual experience”, said the Federal Minister for Research and Technology, Annette Schavan. “We are therefore pleased that it has again been possible to attract six leading international researchers to continue their work as Alexander von Humboldt Professors in Germany and thus further enrich our academic landscape.”

With the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, the Humboldt Foundation annually honours up to ten world-leading researchers of all academic disciplines working abroad. In addition to candidates’ outstanding academic qualifications, the strategic concepts designed by the universities to offer the researchers and their teams a long-term prospect in Germany are of decisive importance in evaluating the applications. The award amount of 3.5 million EUR for researchers working in theoretical disciplines and 5 million EUR for researchers working in experimental disciplines is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 25,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide – including 48 Nobel Prize winners.

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