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Newsletter 2/2020

Dear readers,

More than 1,000 researchers from 140 countries, all gathering in a virtual space, with an address by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier: This was how we held our Annual Meeting last week. And although we weren’t physically in one place, we not only conversed with one another, we even danced together. How was that possible, you might ask. You can find out in this newsletter.

In addition, we report on our first Communication Lab where international journalists and researchers exchanged views and shared information. We present with the help of videos outstanding leading-edge research ranging from linguistics to artificial intelligence that has been singled out with a Humboldt Professorship. And we introduce you to Earth Speakr, a very special project that children can participate in.

We wish you an enjoyable time reading these and other reports!

  • “An example of everything that can be done on virtual platforms”

    Federal President Steinmeier at the Humboldt Foundation’s digital Annual Meeting. More than 1,000 individuals from approximately 140 countries participated online. more...

  • “This won’t be the last crisis.” – International comments from science and academia on the coronavirus pandemic

    The Humboldt Foundation presents series of interviews with experts from its international network: What solutions are they working on? What experiences, changes and even lessons are they observing? more...

  • 2020 Humboldt Alumni Awards presented – Applications for the 2021 awards now possible

    This year’s awards for the best networking initiatives developed by Humboldtians are going to Cameroon, Kenya, New Zealand and Romania. Applications for the 2021 Humboldt Alumni Awards are being accepted through 30 November 2020. more...

  • Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media

    Ten Humboldt Fellows team up with ten international journalists to build their science communication skills. This is the idea behind a new event format titled "Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media" that was held for the first time in June as an online conference. more...

  • Scouting programme to bring sought-after scientists to Germany

    With the new Henriette Herz Scouting Programme, the Humboldt Foundation will make it possible to directly recruit individuals for its fellowship programme. Parallel to the launch of the new programme, Henriette Herz Awards for innovative recruitment concepts will be granted on a one-off basis. more...

  • 2020 Alexander von Humboldt Professorships: First Humboldt Professors for Artificial Intelligence showcased

    Alexander von Humboldt Professorships specifically for Artificial Intelligence conferred for the first time in 2020. We present the award winners in video portraits. more...

  • New Alexander von Humboldt Professors selected

    Five researchers from abroad have been selected to receive Germany’s most valuable international research award in 2021 and make the move to Cologne, Dresden, Leipzig, Potsdam and Tübingen. more...

  • How research networks and Artificial Intelligence will shape our future

    “Better connected!” – the latest issue of the Humboldt Kosmos magazine on how important research networks are for the world during and after the pandemic. more...

  • Assistance for Humboldt alumni returning to Romania

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Romanian research funding organisation UEFISCDI expand support for young Romanian scientists returning home. more...

  • Earth Speakr – an app that turns children’s voices into works of art

    Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has entrusted the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson with creating a work for the cultural programme of the German EU Council Presidency. more...

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