20 April 2015, No. 08/2015

Social psychologist Jens Förster relinquishes Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

The social psychologist, Professor Dr Jens Förster, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, has relinquished his Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. The deliberations scheduled to take place with the Foundation’s executive bodies on the decision to temporarily suspend sponsorship are, therefore, not being held.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awarded Jens Förster a Humboldt Professorship in 2013. He was due to move from the University of Amsterdam to Ruhr-Universität Bochum in mid-2014. In March 2014, the Netherlands Board on Research Integrity (LOWI) came to the conclusion that Professor Förster had been responsible for scientific misconduct in a publication. The University of Amsterdam concurred with this assessment. Having been informed of the conclusions, the Humboldt Foundation temporarily suspended its funding decision in May 2014 in accordance both with its own regulations and the wishes of Jens Förster.

“We respect Professor Förster’s decision and hope that the allegations raised against him, which are still a matter of controversy amongst experts, can be definitively clarified,” said the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz.

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