Welcome to the New Zealand Association of von Humboldt Fellows

Welcome to the New Zealand Association of von Humboldt Fellows.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a nature researcher and explorer, universal genius and cosmopolitan, scientist and patron. His lengthy Latin American journey from 1799 to 1804 was celebrated as the second scientific discovery of South America. Members of natural science disciplines such as physical geography, climatology, ecology or oceanography see Humboldt as their founder. The masterpiece of his advanced years, the five-volume “Cosmos. Draft of a Physical Description of the World,” has remained unique in its comprehensive approach.

The foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was established in 1953 by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany to promote international co-operation between German institutes of higher education and leading academics from around the world. The foundation sponsors a number of competitive fellowships, ranging from postdoctoral to senior visiting professors, for foreign academics from the areas of humanities, sciences and engineering. Its fellowships fund research visits to Germany usually for a period of 6–24 months. It also offers long-term support to its Humboldt Fellows to develop and strengthen their cooperation with  German scientists. It also offers fellowships to post-doctoral fellows and other researchers based in Germany to visit foreign academic institutes as a guest of a Humboldt Fellow.

The association

The New Zealand Association of von Humboldt Fellows is open to all current and former Humboldt Fellows. It aims to assist and promote the work of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in various ways.

Recent Posts

Public lecture by Prof Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation

Professor Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation, delivered the 2016   Sir Neil Waters Public Lecture in the School of Business at Massey University, Albany Campus, on Wednesday 10th of February. His lecture to an audience of 60 was entitled
“The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge: on the Vital Role of Basic Research in Preserving Societies’ Dreams and Aspirations.”

The lecture was very well received and provoked a lively discussion and large number of questions and comments from the audience.

Professor Schwarz took the opportunity to honour Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger (pictured below left) of Massey University (a recent Rutherford Medal winner and Humboldt prize winner) on his 60th birthday and paid tribute to the tremendous contribution Peter has made to New Zealand and international scientific research.

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