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

New Awards by Humboldt Foundation

Professor Rod Downey from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at VUW received a Humboldt Research Award to conduct research at the University of Heidelberg. Downey works at the interface of computer science and mathematics. His works seeks to understand what parts of mathematics can be made computable, and if so, how computable it is in terms of computational complexity. He developed a branch of complexity theory called parameterized complexity which uses bounds on parameters to explore efficiency, and has more recently been involved in algorithmic information theory, and effective algebra. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Downey

Prof. Kathy Lüdge has been awarded a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Her hosts during her 11 month stay at the University of Auckland are Prof. John Harvey from the Physics Department and Prof. Bernd Krauskopf from the Mathematics Department. While in Auckland she is working on the theoretical understanding and bifurcation analysis of coupled mode-locked lasers which are integrated semiconductor lasers with absorbing and amplifying sections. The goal is to predict optimal  operation regimes for regular optical pulse trains, i.e. pulse trains with small timing jitter as needed for example for optical data communication. The project is separated into three main parts which are traditionally established in three different communities: mathematical bifurcation analysis, numerical modelling of photonic devices, and experimental photonics.

In November 2016, Dr Reece Miller from the University of Otago was awarded a Research Fellowship to work with Professor Nils Metzler-Nolte at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. During his PhD, Reece investigated inorganic complexes capable of electrochemical and/or magnetic switching. At Bochum, he plans to apply these skills in the development of electrochemically activated antimicrobial agents in an attempt to counter antibiotic resistance.

In February 2016, three Feoder Lynen Fellows joined the CTCP at Massey University: Dr. Paul Jerabek from the Philipps University of Marburg, Dr. Jan Mewes from the University of Heidelberg, both collaborating with Prof. Peter Schwerdtfeger, and Dr. Thomas Engl from the University of Regensburg collaborating with Prof. Sergej Flach.
  1. Joint New Zealand and Australia Meeting of Humboldt Fellows, Wellington November 2017 Comments Off on Joint New Zealand and Australia Meeting of Humboldt Fellows, Wellington November 2017
  2. Public lecture by Prof Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation Comments Off on Public lecture by Prof Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation
  3. New Research and Feoder Lynen Fellows announced Comments Off on New Research and Feoder Lynen Fellows announced
  4. Two New Zealanders among Humboldt Research Awardees Comments Off on Two New Zealanders among Humboldt Research Awardees
  5. RSNZ Awards for two Humboldtians Comments Off on RSNZ Awards for two Humboldtians
  6. Humboldt Research Award to Prof. Barry Scott Comments Off on Humboldt Research Award to Prof. Barry Scott
  7. Dr. Paul Oestreicher, first Humboldt Fellow from New Zealand Comments Off on Dr. Paul Oestreicher, first Humboldt Fellow from New Zealand
  8. Humboldt Research Award to Prof. Neil Boister Comments Off on Humboldt Research Award to Prof. Neil Boister
  9. Humboldt Awards, February 2014 Comments Off on Humboldt Awards, February 2014