22 February 2016, No. 04/2016

More than 220 young international researchers from 50 countries in Düsseldorf

Fellows’ meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University Düsseldorf from 29 February to 2 March. The keynote speech will be given by Sofja Kovalevskaja Award winner Philipp Alexander Lang. 

More than 220 young researchers from 50 countries will be guests at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf from 29 February to 2 March 2016 for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s networking meeting. The researchers are currently in Germany as Humboldt Fellows and are working together with German colleagues at research institutions throughout the country. The meeting is being held to introduce the new Humboldtians to one another and to Düsseldorf - representatively for Germany as a location for conducting research. Employees of the Foundation will be on hand to provide advice on living and conducting research in Germany.

Opening: Monday, 29 February 2016, 3:00 p.m. 
Venue: Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Building 23.01, Lecture Hall 3D, Universitätsstr. 1, 40225 Düsseldorf

Journalists are welcome to attend! We will gladly arrange interviews.

Press contact on location: Georg Scholl, Tel. 0160-97245344

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, 29 February, when the University’s president, Anja Steinbeck, and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, welcome the attendees. This will be followed by a keynote lecture on “Immune Functions during Viral Infection“ by Philipp Alexander Lang. Lang worked, as the winner of the Humboldt Foundation’s 2010 Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, at the Düsseldorf  University Hospital’s Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology on finding effective antibodies for chronic liver inflammation. Today he is the Director of the Department of Molecular Medicine II at the Düsseldorf University Hospital.

On Tuesday, 1 March, the Humboldtians will visit some of the University’s institutes and report on the focus areas of their current research. The young researchers will also have the opportunity to network among themselves and with their German colleagues. The Humboldt Foundation will additionally present its profile and programmes to all interested parties in an information presentation at 3:30 p.m. (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Room 02.53, Building 23.21, Düsseldorf).

Most of this year’s participants come from the natural sciences (133), followed by 49 participants from the humanities and 40 from engineering. The majority of the foreign guests are from China (40), the USA (36) and India (11). Thirteen participants are currently conducting research in Düsseldorf.

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 27,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 52 Nobel Prize winners.


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