27 May 2014, No. 14/2014

From researchers’ daily routines to the ethics of science: Humboldtians invited to Schloss Bellevue

Germany’s Federal President Gauck will receive more than 570 international researchers at the annual meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

What is it like to conduct research at a German university? Where does German bureaucracy constrain science? And where might there be unexpected freedom for conducting research? The annual meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation being held in Berlin on 3 and 4 June will offer insights into the lives of guest researchers in Germany. The meeting will start with a reception hosted by Germany’s Federal President Joachim Gauck in the park at Schloss Bellevue where Gauck will also present the 2014 Philipp Franz von Siebold Award to the Japanese biophysicist Motomu Tanaka for outstanding services in fostering exchange between Germans and Japanese.

This will be followed by a festive gathering on 4 June where the keynote speaker will be the Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry Roald Hoffmann who is internationally renowned not only as a chemist. Hoffmann has also focussed on issues involving the ethics of science for years ‒ as a playwright and as a speaker. More than 570 international researchers who are currently guests at a German university through a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation are expected along with their families in Berlin. The annual meeting serves to bring Humboldtians together and encourage exchange between them.

Journalists are also cordially invited to attend. Researchers from more than 70 countries and a wide range of scientific disciplines and academic fields will be available for interviews on both days of the meeting. Please register for accreditation by Monday, 2 June, to attend the reception with President Gauck. Please also be sure to note the instructions in the response form.

  • Reception hosted by the German Federal President, Tuesday, 3 June 
    When and where: starting 4:15 pm, park at Schloss Bellevue
  • Festive gathering, Wednesday, 4 June with a speech by Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
    When and where: 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Max Kade Auditorium in the Henry-Ford-Bau of the Freie Universität Berlin, followed by a reception

Contact on location on 3 and 4 June:
Sebastian Kraußer, Tel. 0160-97287564

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 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 50 Nobel Prize winners.


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