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Newsletter 3/2019

Dear readers,

As the Humboldt anniversary year comes to a close, we will soon be looking back on an exciting 12 months during which we not only commemorated our namesake’s achievements over the course of his life but we also, and especially, paid tribute to his importance for the future. Accordingly, “What would Humboldt’s ’Kosmos’ look like in the 21st century?”, was the question the environmental scientists attending the Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum in October asked themselves.

Actively shaping the future is also an aim of the Federal Government’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy which is establishing the conditions needed for this technological megatrend as it strives to boost Germany’s competitiveness in the AI field for the future. As a result of the Strategy, the Foundation will be able to appoint up to 30 additional Alexander von Humboldt Professors during the next five years.

We are optimistic about the challenges the new year will bring since what could be better suited for mastering them than a network? And now you can rediscover the Humboldt Network using the Humboldt Geography of Knowledge.

We wish you a peaceful New Year with your loved ones – and enough time to read not only this newsletter but even some of Humboldt’s work once again!

We wish you an enjoyable read!

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