29 September 2016, No. 22/2016

More than 170 young international researchers from 50 countries in Freiburg

Fellows’ meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Freiburg from 5 to 7 October. The keynote speech will be given by Sofja Kovalevskaja Award winner Fernando Febres Cordero.

More than 170 young researchers from 50 countries will be guests at the University of Freiburg from 5 to 7 October 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 Freiburg - 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: Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: University of Freiburg, Kollegiengebäude I, Auditorium, Platz der Universität 3, 77098 Freiburg

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

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 October, when the University’s rector, Hans-Jochen Schiewer, and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, welcome the attendees. This will be followed by a keynote lecture on “Studying Fundamental Particles: The Quest for Precision at High Energies” by Fernando Febres Cordero. As the winner of the Humboldt Foundation’s 2014 Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, he currently heads a research group at the Institute of Physics of the University of Freiburg. The native Venezuelan is investigating the properties of known fundamental particles and searching for signs of unknown fundamental particles.

On Thursday, 6 October, 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. (University of Freiburg, Room 1132, Kollegiengebäude I, Platz der Universität 3).

Most of this year’s participants come from the natural sciences (105), followed by 47 participants from the humanities and social sciences, and 23 from engineering. The majority of the foreign guests are from China (17), the USA (16) and India (13). Seven participants are currently conducting research in Freiburg.

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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