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Newsletter 1/2017

Dear readers,

Is leaving the cosy bubble of the research community far behind and venturing out into the open arena of public debate the way to convince science sceptics of the value of research? This was one of the issues Humboldtians discussed at the Washington colloquium in March. They also considered how the research landscape in the United States is likely to develop under their new President as well as the importance of international dialogue amongst researchers, particularly in politically fraught times. 

One of the people who was quick to utilise collaboration between researchers as an effective diplomatic tool was the Humboldt Foundation’s long-time Secretary General Heinrich Pfeiffer. From the 1950s, it was he who crucially shaped the Foundation. Former German President Walter Scheel liked to refer to him as “Mr Humboldt”. In December 2016, Pfeiffer died. It is with great sadness that the Humboldt Foundation bids farewell to Heinrich Pfeiffer, recalling his achievements in this newsletter with pictures spanning six decades.

But let us also look to the future: the Humboldt Foundation is continuing its programmes for tomorrow’s leaders as well as for researchers under threat and is also issuing new calls. Read all about it in this newsletter.

The Humboldt Foundation mourns the passing of Heinrich Pfeiffer

The long-time Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Dr Heinrich Pfeiffer died unexpectedly at the age of 89 on 22 December 2016. With feelings of the greatest respect for his achievements, we look back on his fulfilled life. more...

  • New application round for a German Chancellor Fellowship now open

    Young professionals from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA have until 15 September to compete with a project of their own. A video presents the German Chancellor Fellowship Programme. more...

  • Staying Composed in Trumpland

    At the Humboldt Colloquium in Washington some 300 researchers discussed international cooperation and dialogue with a public sceptical of science. more...

  • Humboldt Life: Are the United States facing a change in science policy? Tell us what you think!

    Humboldt Life is the social network exclusively for fellows, alumni and award winners of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Currently, Humboldtians can discover many different impressions of the colloquium in Washington and take the opportunity to participate in discussions. To the group

  • Philipp Schwartz Initiative: Extension of funding programme for researchers under threat

    From August 2017, up to 30 more threatened researchers will be able to work at German universities and research institutions. more...

  • Heather Marco will continue to be the driving force behind the AGNES network in Africa

    The professor of zoology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa was elected for the third time in a row to serve as Chairwoman of the African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES). more...