13 October 2017, No. 26/2017

More than 170 young international researchers from 48 countries in Bielefeld

Fellows’ meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Bielefeld University from 18 to 20 October

More than 170 young researchers from 48 countries will be guests at the Bielefeld University from 18 to 20 October 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 Bielefeld - 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, 18 October 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Main University Building, Lecture Hall [Hörsaal] 1, Universitätsstraße 25, 33615 Bielefeld

Journalists are welcome to attend! We will gladly arrange interviews.
Contact: Nina Hafeneger, Phone: 0160-97287564

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 18 October, when Bielefeld University's Rector Gerhard Sagerer and Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, welcome the attendees. This will be followed by a keynote lecture on “Microscopy and Nanofabrication with Helium Ions” by Armin Gölzhäuser, a former Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation. Gölzhäuser is a professor for experimental physics at the University of Bielefeld and a co-founder of the Bielefeld Institute for BioPhysics & NanoScience (BINAS).

On Thursday, 19 October, the Humboldtians will visit research institutes in Bielefeld 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. (foyer of the Main University Building, Universitätsstraße 25, 33615 Bielefeld). The Humboldt Foundation will additionally present its profile and programmes to all interested parties in an information presentation at 3:30 p.m (Main University Building, Lecture Hall [Hörsaal] 9).

Most of this year’s participants come from the natural sciences (114), followed by 39 participants from the humanities and social sciences, and 20 from engineering. The majority of the foreign guests are from China (20), the USA (11), and Italy (10). Three participants are currently conducting research in Bielefeld.

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 55 Nobel Prize winners.


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