28 June 2016, No. 10/2016

Federal President Gauck to receive Humboldtians in Schloss Bellevue

As part of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's annual meeting, more than 670 international researchers will be received by Germany's Federal President on 7 July.

They come from Brazil, Cuba and Great Britain, from France, China and Cameroon, from Nepal and the USA or one of another 80 or so countries around the world: more than 670 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 on 6 and 7 July. The annual meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation serves to bring Humboldtians together and encourage exchange between them.
The highlight will be a meeting with Federal President Joachim Gauck on 7 July. This year marks the last time during his term of office that President Gauck will receive Humboldtians in the park at Schloss Bellevue.

The annual meeting will be opened by the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, and the President of the Freie Universität Berlin, Peter-André Alt, on 6 July. Following their opening speeches and a talk by the Potsdam-based Humboldt researcher Ottmar Ette, Humboldtians will report on their experiences in Germany.
The Humboldt Alumni Awards to foster academic and cultural ties between Germany and the alumni’s home countries will also be presented during the opening ceremony.

The researchers will be available on both days for interviews regarding, for example, living and conducting research in Germany and their respective home country or about their particular research projects.

Journalists are cordially invited to attend. It is permitted to film, photograph and make audio recordings. We shall be happy to arrange interviews.
Please register for accreditation by Wednesday, 6 July, 10:00 am to attend the reception hosted by Federal President Gauck; the reply form contains further instructions for registration.

  • Opening ceremony, Wednesday, 6 July, with a talk by Ottmar Ette and the presentation of the 2016 Humboldt Alumni Awards, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Max Kade Auditorium in the Henry-Ford-Bau of the Freie Universität Berlin, followed by a reception
  • Reception hosted by the German Federal President, Thursday, 7 July, 10:30 am, Park at SChloss Bellevue

Contact on location on 6 and 7 July:
Georg Scholl, Tel. 0160-97245344
Kristina Güroff, Tel. 0151-14015796

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.


Kristina Güroff
Lena Schnabel
Press, Communications and Marketing
Tel.: +49 228 833-455/-144
Fax: +49 228 833-441

Georg Scholl
Head of
Press, Communications and Marketing
Tel.: +49 228 833-258
Fax: +49 228 833-441

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