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Internationally Recognized Argentinian Science Historian to Conduct Research at Freie Universität Berlin in 2014/2015

Irina Podgorny Recipient of Georg Forster Research Award

№ 359/2013 from Nov 22, 2013

The Argentinian science historian Irina Podgorny from Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Buenos Aires has been awarded a Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is earmarked for a project that Podgorny will carry out at Freie Universität’s Institute for Latin American Studies following an invitation extended by the historian Stefan Rinke. Podgorny’s research focuses on the history of science, with a special emphasis on the history of archaeology and paleontology. She also does research on the history of collections and museums. Georg Forster Research Awards are given to internationally recognized scholars outside of Germany who have had a lasting influence on their field of research. The amount of the award is 60,000 euros.

Irina Podgorny is a tenured member of the Argentinian science council, Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), which coordinates the promotion of academic and technical research in Argentina. She is also a professor and the director of the Archivo Histórico y Fotográfico at the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo of the University in La Plata. Podgorny's research relies on the close relationship among German, other European, and Latin American collections, and she combines historical research with innovative forms of cooperation.

From 2001 to 2012 Podgorny was a professor of the history of science at Universidad de Quilmes in Argentina. She has also worked as a visiting professor and fellow at numerous prestigious universities and research institutions, including Rio de Janeiro, Université Paris Diderot, the University of Paris IV-Paris-Sorbonne, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and Wofford College in South Carolina (USA). As part of Podgorny's research stay at Freie Universität, scholars from various universities, independent research institutions, and museums who do research on the history of science will be linked in research networks.

Further Information

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-55588, Email:
  • Dr. Nina Elsemann, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-53649, Email: