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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Holds Annual Meeting at Freie Universität Berlin

More than 570 Researchers from over 70 Countries Expected to Attend

№ 190/2014 from May 27, 2014

On June 4 the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is again holding its traditional festive gathering at Freie Universität Berlin in the Henry Ford Building. The keynote speaker will be Roald Hoffmann, a Humboldtian and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. Hoffmann is internationally renowned, not only as a chemist. For years Hoffmann has also focused on issues involving the ethics of science ‒ as a playwright and as a speaker. More than 570 international researchers who are currently guests at a German university through a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation are expected along with their families in Berlin. The annual meeting serves to bring Humboldtians together and encourage exchange between them. Journalists are also cordially invited to attend.

What is it like to conduct research at a German university? Where does German bureaucracy constrain science? And where might there be unexpected freedom for conducting research? The annual meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation being held in Berlin on June 3 and 4 will offer insights into the lives of guest researchers in Germany. The meeting will start with a reception hosted by Germany’s Federal President Joachim Gauck in the park at Schloss Bellevue, where Gauck will also present the 2014 Philipp Franz von Siebold Award to the Japanese biophysicist Motomu Tanaka for outstanding services in fostering exchange between Germans and Japanese.

During the entire meeting, researchers from different academic fields will be available for interviews. For the President’s reception, please apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for accreditation by Monday, June 2, and take note of the information in the response form.

Reception hosted by Germany’s Federal President, Tuesday, June 3

When and Where: starting at 16:15 p.m., Park at Schloss Bellevue

Festive Celebration, Wednesday, June 4, including Lecture by Nobel Prize laureate Roald Hoffmann

When and Where: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Max Kade Auditorium, Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität Berlin, followed by a reception

Press Officer on Location on June 3 and 4:

Sebastian Kraußer, Tel.: +49 160-97287564

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time doing research in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 50 Nobel Prize winners.