23 December 2016, No. 34/2016

Awards for researchers from developing and transition countries

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants Georg Forster Research Awards, each valued at €60,000.

Two women researchers and four male colleagues will receive this year’s Georg Forster Research Awards, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award targets researchers from developing and transition countries who have earned international recognition for their research work and also seek to solve development-related issues. The award winners are invited to spend time in Germany establishing and building collaboration with colleagues here.
Valued at €60,000 each, the Georg Forster Research Awards are financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development ("BMZ").
The awards will be presented to the winners during the symposium being held for Humboldt Foundation research award winners in Bamberg in March 2017.

The six award winners and their host institutions in Germany:

The physicist Liliana Arrachea (52) is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires. A leading expert in the field of theoretical solid state physics, she focuses on the practical development of microelectronics. She has made crucial contributions to research on the transport of energy in nanostructures. In Germany, Liliana Arrachea will be working with physicists from the Freie Universität Berlin.

The Turkish computer scientist Hakan Ferhatosmanoglu (41) is a professor at Bilkent University in Ankara. The big data researcher develops models for storing and organising large data streams. This work helps, for instance, improve the accuracy of navigation systems that respond to on-going faults and malfunctions on a flexible basis. His research also helps predict how user groups in social media will behave. He will be collaborating with the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Saarbrücken.

Alexander Filippov (59) is a professor at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Donetsk. He specialises in theoretical and applied physics and combines high-quality biological research with interesting physics-related aspects. Filippov studies diverse systems, including, for example, systems of planets, ecological systems or biological evolution.. During his time in Germany he will be working together with zoologists at the University of Kiel.

The pharmaceutical researcher Tsige Gebre-Mariam (64) is a professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia where he studies indigenous plants and natural substances and develops medicines and excipients from them.  Examples include nanoparticles from starch and ceramides from the seeds of a tree that only grows in Ethiopia. He aims to develop substances with the potential for applications that will benefit the pharmaceutical industry in his home country. He will be working with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Linguist Lucía A. Golluscio (67) is a professor at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas in Buenos Aires. The native Argentinean is known for her work on ethnolinguistics and the description of indigenous languages. Working together with her German collaborative partners from Universität Regensburg, Lucía A. Golluscio wants to better document the languages of minorities in North and South America and study their linguistic diversity.

Hugo Daniel Lujan (55) from the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina, is an internationally recognised expert for infection immunology and parasitology. He researches into human parasitic diseases and works on the development of vaccines, such as a vaccine against Giardia infections. His German collaborative partners come from the Institute for Infection Immunology at TWINCORE, a joint facility of the Hannover Medical School and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. 

The Humboldt Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the next round of the Georg Forster Research Award. The closing date is 15 January 2017.

This research award is named after the naturalist, travel writer and journalist Georg Forster (1754-1794), a friend of Alexander von Humboldt.

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 54 Nobel Prize winners.

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