Press Releases 2005
- 06 December 2005
100th Board Meeting: Setting the Course for the New Legislative Period
At its 100th meeting today at the Federal Foreign Office, the Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will be discussing the Foundation's aims in the new legislative period. State Secretary, Georg Boomgaarden, will be taking part on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, representing the Federal Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the anniversary meeting. The other participants are the heads of the leading German science and higher education organisations as well as representatives of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
- 21 November 2005
Humboldt Foundation Introductory Meeting in Dresden
At the invitation of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, more than 100 international junior researchers from 40 countries are getting together on 23 and 24 November 2005 for an introductory meeting at Dresden Technical University. The Humboldt Foundation research fellows are about to spend a year working on projects of their own choice at academic institutions in Germany.
- 15 November 2005
Federal Cross of Merit for Wolfgang Frühwald
On Thursday, 17 November at 3pm, Professor Wolfgang Frühwald will receive the Federal Cross of Merit in the "Kuppelsaal" of the Bavarian State Chancellery. The honour will be conferred by the Bavarian Minister President, Dr. Edmund Stoiber. It is Wolfgang Frühwald's fifth Order of Merit award on a scale ascending to eight.
- 10 October 2005
International young academic elite - guests at Mainz University
At the invitation of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 100 international junior researchers from 40 countries are getting together on 13 and 14 October 2005 for an introductory meeting at Mainz University. The Humboldt Foundation research fellows are about to spend a year working on projects of their own choice at academic institutions in Germany. The introductory meeting allows the fellows to get to know each other and familiarise themselves with Germany as centre of research, taking Mainz as an example. They also get useful advice on everyday life in Germany from members of the foundation's staff.
- 05 October 2005
Chemistry Nobel Prize for two Humboldtians
Today, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to the former Humboldt Research Fellow, Robert H. Grubbs, and the Humboldt Research Award Winner, Richard R. Schrock, as well as to their colleague, Yves Chauvin. Just yesterday, three Humboldt Research Award Winners were granted the Nobel Prize for Physics. This means there is now a total of 40 Nobel Laureates belonging to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's worldwide network of Research Fellows and Research Award Winners.
- 04 October 2005
Nobel Prize for Physics goes to three Humboldtians
This year's Nobel Prize for Physics goes to the Humboldtians Roy J. Glauber, Theodor W. Hänsch and John L. Hall. This increases the number of Nobel Laureates in the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's worldwide network of research fellows and research award winners to 38.
- 27 September 2005
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and German Research Foundation intensify cooperation with South Korea
Up to now, far more South Korean scientists and scholars have come to Germany than vice versa. In order to make cooperation between the two countries more attractive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) is going to build up a network of academic representatives in South Korea, working together with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF).
- 26 September 2005
Answers to the legal challenges of globalisation
From 29 September to 1 October 2005 a congress is taking place in Tokyo entitled "Globalisation and law - contributions by Japan and Germany to an international legal system in the 21st century". On the basis of a comparison of German, Japanese and international law global challenges, such as organised crime, white-collar crime as well as the influence and limitations of international law, will be discussed and solutions sought to the pressing legal problems of globalisation.
- 08 September 2005
Humboldt Foundation offers immediate aid to academics in flooded areas
As the floods retreat in the wake of Hurricane Katrina the enormity of the devastation is becoming clear. The universities in New Orleans and surroundings are also affected.
- 01 August 2005
On the road in Germany
They are young, outstanding, early-stage researchers and they come from all over the world. On the strength of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship these scientists and scholars are spending from 12 months to two years working at universities or research institutes they have selected themselves. At the end of their stay in Germany, they are setting off in ten coach groups right across Germany. From 1 to 12 August the researchers are visiting Bamberg, Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Mittenwald, Munich, Münster, Rostock, Weimar, Wismar and Würzburg.
- 26 July 2005
Wolfgang Frühwald is 70
The Frühwalds' letterbox is certainly going to be full and, in August, there will be more letters arriving at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation than usual. The reason is that Professor Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald is an outstanding and highly-esteemed personality in the world of academia, culture and politics.
- 06 July 2005
Internationality as an Investment in the Future
The future competitiveness of the German system of education and science significantly depends on how internationally relevant research, teaching and study are. In their 10-point memorandum, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) reveal how the internationalisation of institutions of higher education and research can be promoted.
- 29 June 2005
Max Planck Research Award: Tracking down Dark Energy
On 29 June, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society are granting the International Max Planck Research Award for outstanding achievements in the field of astrophysics. Each award is valued at 750,000 EUR and will be conferred on the German particle physicist, Professor Dr. Christof Wetterich, and the American radio astronomer, Dr. Christopher Carilli. The award will be conferred by the Federal Minister fof Education and Research, Edelgard Bulmahn. "The Max Planck Research Award promotes academic excellence and provides decisive impetus for top-level research. It supports German institutions of higher education and research in the global competition for the best brains", Edelgard Bulmahn comments.
- 21 June 2005
Invitation to the Annual Meeting from 30 June to 1 July
From 30 June to 1 July 2005, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Annual Meeting is taking place in Berlin. The event brings together 500 research talents as well as top-rank academics from more than seventy countries who are currently staying in Germany as Humboldt Fellows or Award Winners. The highlight of the programme is the reception for the foreign guest academics and their families held by the Federal President, Horst Köhler, in the park of the Chateau Bellevue. The Fellows and Award Winners come from every continent and are involved in research in the most diverse disciplines. They were selected solely on the basis of their academic qualifications.
- 15 June 2005
Max Planck Research Award 2005
On 29 June, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society will confer their international research award for outstanding achievements in the field of astrophysics on the particle physicist, Professor Dr. Christof Wetterich, and the radio astronomer, Dr. Christoper Carilli. Each award is valued at 750,000 EUR. We should like to invite you to the press conference and award ceremony being held on the occasion of the conferment.
- 07 June 2005
Humboldtian elected President of Hungary
Yesterday, the Hungarian Parliament elected the Humboldt Research Award Winner and former Humboldt Fellow, Laszlo Solyom, as the new President of the country. Solyom, the opposition candidate, managed to assert himself against the President of the Parliament from the governing Socialist Party, Katalin Szili, and succeeds Ferenc Madl whose period of office comes to an end in August.
- 10 May 2005
Advantage Germany? International academic talent taking stock
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Sofja Kovalevskaja Award offers exceptionally-talented, foreign researchers from all disciplines up to 1.2 million Euros to spend a period of four years seeking out new knowledge with their own research teams in Germany. The signal being given is: Germany also has venture capital to give to young researchers.
- 18 April 2005
Humboldt Foundation Introductory Meeting in Bonn
226 internationally-recognised early-stage researchers from 54 countries are getting together at the invitation of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation from 19-20 April 2005 at Bonn University. They are all Humboldt Foundation research fellows who are spending a year working on research projects of their own choice at academic institutions in Germany.
- 06 April 2005
New research award for top-flight academics from the USA
The Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award, which is being granted for the first time this year by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaftand the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, will be conferred annually on up to three distinguished scientists and scholars from the USA in recognition of their research achievements. The awards are valued at up to 55,000 EUR.
- 16 March 2005
Max Planck Research Award 2005 goes to two astrophysicists
The Max Planck Research Award 2005, valued at 750,000 EUR is being granted to the American radio astronomer, Christopher Carilli, and the German particle physicist, Christof Wetterich.
- 15 March 2005
Intermediary organisations for foreign cultural policy bundle their energies
The Deutsche Welle, the Goethe Institute and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are going to intensify their cooperation. This is the tenor of agreements concluded between the foreign broadcasting service and the two intermediary organisations. The aim is to use their potential and networks to increase the effectiveness of German intermediary organisations abroad and jointly present a modern image of Germany throughout the world.
- 28 February 2005
Helping Mobile Researchers on their Way
Brussels wants to help European researchers on their way. The European Research Area of the future needs academics who are mobile. The EU's projected "European Researchers' Charter" is supposed to remove the barriers to mobility and provide incentives to carry out research in other European countries. What the charter can and should actually achieve will be discussed by representatives of the European Commission, as well as experts from higher education, research institutions and science organisations at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's second meeting of the German EU-mobility network on 8 and 9 March in Bonn.
- 31 January 2005
Welcome to Germany
The Award for Germany's Friendliest Immigration Office was conferred during the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's New Year's Reception in Berlin. The award, which is granted jointly by the Humboldt Foundation and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany, was won by the Municipal Public Affairs Office in Aalen, the Regional Public Affairs Office in Düren and the Municipal Public Affairs Office in Leipzig.
- 21 January 2005
Frontiers of Research: Germans and Japanese crossing the borders
Outstanding young researchers from Germany and Japan are getting together for the inter-disciplinary "Japanese-German Frontiers of Science Symposium" from 27 - 30 January in Mainz. The meeting marks the beginning of an initiative to intensify academic cooperation between the two nations. A total of 70 academics from both countries are exchanging knowledge, comparing German and Japanese approaches to research and preparing collaboration right across the borders of subjects and countries.
- 20 January 2005
Germany's Friendliest Immigration Office
For the third time, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany are granting the Award for the Friendliest Immigration Office in Germany. The award winners selected by the jury will be available to meet the press before the Award Ceremony.