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.

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Joint New Zealand and Australia Meeting of Humboldt Fellows, Wellington November 2017

The next biennial joint meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Associations of Alexander von Humboldt Fellows will take place in Wellington in November 2017.

Here is the critical information.
Start: Friday evening, November 17, 2017
End: Sunday lunch time, November 19, 2017
Location of meeting: Royal Society of NZ Building, Wellington

The meeting will have a broad theme, covering both humanities and sciences, and will provide opportunities for invited and contributed lectures by Humboldtians and others.

We hope to provide some financial support for Research Fellows, Feoder Lynen Fellows and Humboldt Research Award recipients to take part in the meeting; the quantity of such funding will depend on the outcome of an application early in 2017 to the Humboldt Foundation.

The success of the application will depend on the number of Humboldtians who participate in the meeting. We need your input now to make a successful application, so please complete and return this Expression of Interest form to  me.

We look forward to you joining us for what we hope will be an excellent meeting.

Eamonn O’Brien

Email: e.obrien@auckland.ac.nz

Chair, Organising Committee

 

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