Alexander von Humboldt fellows at Heinrich Heine University

Around 200 young researchers from over 40 countries will be guests at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) for the Network Meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation from the 29th of February to the 2nd of March 2016. The scientists are currently fellows of the foundation in Germany and working at German research institutions.
The purpose of the event is to allow the new “Humboldtians” to get to know both each other as well as Düsseldorf – as a good example of Germany as a centre of research. Foundation staff will give them advice on living and working in Germany.

Ten AvH visiting scholars from as many countries are currently undertaking research work at HHU. Four host chairs and their guest fellows told Heine Research Academies about their experiences in the AvH network.

How do you benefit from AvH funding - as a scholar and as a host?

Humboldt Team Kamdem/Proksch

Dr. Ramsay Kamdem (Cameroon, Georg Foster scholar at the Institute for Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology at HHU): “I’m very grateful that Alexander von Humboldt Foundation gave me the opportunity to come here and work. There are many benefits e.g. using new material and analytical techniques that I was not able to use in my home country. I also received a lot of help by AvH to organize my living in Germany, e.g. learn the language.”

Prof. Dr. Peter Proksch (Humboldt host for the 3rd time, Institute for Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology at HHU): "First of all we get good people through the very tough selection. For the person who gets the funding, it is a really distinguishing award. Being a Humboldt host is also prestigious for myself."
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Humboldt Team
Zadnikova Simon

Dr. Petra Zadnikova (Czech Republic, Humboldt fellow at the Institute for Developmental Genetics at HHU): “What I like very much about Humboldt foundation is that once you are a „Humboldtian“ you are forever a „Humboldtian“. AvH supports you also once you are back in your country. Once you start your own research group you can also become a host for other Humboldt fellows.“

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Simon (Humboldt host for the 2nd time, Institute for Developmental Genetics at HHU): “It is a recognition and honour that Humboldt fellows come here and want to work here. AvH offers the fellows a lot of possibilities to get to know Germany. It is a welcoming culture. They very much facilitate the integration of the fellows.“
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Humboldt Team Smallenburg/Löwen

Dr. Frank Smallenburg (The Nederlands, Humboldt fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics II – Soft Matter at HHU) “There is a great flexibility of the Humboldt fellowship. You just get the money, it is a quick reviewing process and soon after you can start working.  Also in terms of research we are free to do whatever we like. In our field we have to adjust projects rather quickly and that is possible with the AvH scholarship.“

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Löwen (Humboldt host for the 4th time, Institute for Theoretical Physics II – Soft Matter at HHU) “Humboldt fellows are very excellent scientists. In combination with the flexibility of the fellowship you have the best options to work and publish together.“
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Humboldt Team Klopsch/Thillaisundaram

Dr. Anitha Thillaisundaram (Malaysia, Humboldt fellow at the Research Group in Algebra and Number Theory at HHU): “You have research money at your disposal. So one can travel and also invite speakers. That is really the best situation one can hope for.  In addition, the fellowship opens up a lot of doors.“

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Klopsch (Humboldt host for the 1st time, Research Group in Algebra and Number Theory at HHU): “This fellowship is best suited for our field of research as we are interested in people. We hardly need money for instruments or lab equipment. In addition, the application process is streamlined and very efficient.“
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Photos: Robin Aust, Hanne Horn, Uta Brunner

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