"Family reunion" of Humboldtians

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No. 355 - Bochum, 16.11.2010

"Family reunion" of Humboldtians

Humboldt-Club members set up Regional Group Ruhrgebiet

Research excellence in global network

A grant from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation is very special in the biography of a researcher. Only a small number of applicants will be selected and receive the opportunity to work at a research institution of their choice abroad. In order to strengthen the network, foster exchange, integrate foreign scholars, and reintegrate returnees, members of the German Humboldt-Club with the support of the three universities from the Ruhr Area set up their own regional group. 33 Humboldtians and guests from the whole region met to found the group and to celebrate this foundation in the International Lounge of the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Regional integration of fellows

With the establishment of the Humboldt Group Ruhrgebiet, club members support the Humboldt-Foundation through the regional integration of former and currently sponsored fellows. In addition to promoting the intra-German Humboldt dialogue, the club encourages the exchange with other Humboldt clubs around the world. "Recipients of Humboldt grants have a continuing obligation to the Foundation," said Prof. Dr. Uwe Dorka (University of Kassel), president of the German Humboldt-Club. "Let us therefore enter into a constructive dialogue with this dynamically changing society. The variety and excellence of the Humboldt Family across academic disciplines without barriers provides an ideal platform."

First joint expedition planned in Bochum

The new regional group was founded – by club members from the entire Ruhr region and beyond, for example, Bochum, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Hagen, Kassel, Krefeld, Marl and Oberhausen – and elected Dr. Erik Bründermann as group speaker and Dr. Dominik J. Bomans as deputy group speaker. Their spouses, Irene Bründermann and Dr. Kerstin Weis, the latter herself a Feodor Lynen-fellow of the Humboldt-Foundation and a researcher at Ruhr-University Bochum, support the two speakers in the group activities. The group has already made plans for initial activities – in the spirit of Alexander von Humboldt, a first journey of discovery will take them to and behind the scenes of the Bochum Planetarium.

Three Associate Rectors emphasize importance of new regional group

The Associate Rectors of the three members of the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR) point out the importance of the new Ruhrgebiet Group for the region as a whole: "The Humboldt-Foundation puts the individual and the Humboldt Family into the spotlight," said Prof. Dr. Ulf Eysel, Associate Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the rector’s Humboldt representative, who joined the German Humboldt-Club as a new member. Prof. Dr. Walter Grünzweig, Associate Rector of Academic Affairs at TU Dortmund University and a founding member of the German Humboldt-Club, reflected the development of the Humboldt idea in the light of his own experiences as an Austrian Humboldt fellow in Germany in the early 1990s. Prof. Dr. Michael Farle, Associate Rector for Research, Junior Academic Staff and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Duisburg-Essen, reported on the April network meeting of the Humboldt-Foundation, with 123 visiting researchers from 38 countries held in Essen.

The German Humboldt-Club

The German Humboldt Society e.V., in brief the German Humboldt-Club, was founded by 11 Humboldtians from all over Germany on 15 June 2007 in Kassel. Free membership is available in the Humboldt-Club for Humboldtians who are currently fellows supported by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. "The German Humboldt-Club, founded only in 2007, is not yet the Humboldt club with the largest membership worldwide, but it is one of the fastest growing ones. With almost 200 members, it can still draw from a potential of about 3000 Humboldtians residing within Germany," said Dr. Gerrit Limberg from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.


The founding ceremony was supported by the International Office of the RUB, the German Humboldt Society e.V., and the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.

Editorial journalist

Meike Drießen
Press Office Ruhr University Bochum

Further information

Dr. Erik Bründermann, Phone 0234/32-24239 (Speaker Regional Group Ruhrgebiet), PD Dr. Dominik J. Bomans, Phone 0234/32-22335 (Deputy Speaker Regional Group Ruhrgebiet)
http://www.rub.de/humboldt humboldt@rub.de




Humboldt Group

Group photo of Humboldtians and guests following the foundation of the group

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The music for the event was arranged and performed by Ana Palacios (flute), Hezekiah Wardwell-Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, and Carla Romera Bach (cello), Fellow of the State Orchestra Rheinische Philharmonie.

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