30 March 2017, No. 05/2017

More than 250 young international researchers from 50 countries in Dresden

Fellows’ meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Technische Universität Dresden from 5 to 7 April. The keynote speech will be given by Humboldt Professor Jochen Guck

More than 250 young researchers from 50 countries will be guests at the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) from 5 to 7 April 2017 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 Dresden - 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 April 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: TU Dresden, Hörsaalzentrum, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden

Journalists are welcome to attend! We will gladly arrange interviews.
Contact: Daniela Bickler, Tel.: 0160-97287564

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 April, when TU Dresden's Vice-Rector for Academic and International Affairs, Hans-Hans Georg Krauthäuser, and Thomas Hesse, Deputy Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, welcome the attendees. This will be followed by a keynote lecture on "What can physics contribute to biology?" by Jochen Guck. The physicist was selected for an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, Germany's most valuable research award, in 2012 and made the move from Cambridge, Great Britain, to Dresden. Since then he has been conducting research on the mechanical properties of cells and tissue at the junction between biology and biomedicine at TU Dresden's Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC).

On Thursday, 6 April, the Humboldtians will visit research institutes in Dresden where the young researchers will have the opportunity to network among themselves and with their German colleagues. The Fellows will present their research subjects during a poster session at 2:45 p.m. (TU Dresden, foyer of the Hörsaalzentrum, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden).
Most of this year’s participants come from the natural sciences (155), followed by 64 participants from the humanities and social sciences, and 37 from engineering. The majority of the foreign guests are from China (27), India and the USA (17 each), and Italy (15). Fifteen participants are currently conducting research in Dresden.

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 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 54 Nobel Prize winners.


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