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

A short update on the biennial joint meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Associations of Alexander von Humboldt Fellows which will take place in Wellington in November 2017.

Here is the critical information.
Start: 3pm Friday, November 17, 2017
End: 2pm Sunday, November 19, 2017
Location of meeting: Royal Society of NZ Building, Wellington

In February 2017 we filed an application with the Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, to help cover some of the related costs. Listed in that application are details of approximately 80 Humboldtians from Australia and New Zealand who completed “Expression Of Interest” forms.  We expect to get initial feedback on the application in May 2017.

Registration for the meeting will open in July for a period of about two months. Registration is open to all Humboldtians, it is *not* limited to those who completed EOI forms. We are currently engaged in discussion with a few hotels in Wellington to make rooms available for participants. Details will be available on the conference website once registration opens.

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

Eamonn O’Brien, University of Auckland;  Email: e.obrien@auckland.ac.nz

Chair, Organising Committee

 

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