Ambassador for the Year of Science
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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. The Foundation grants research fellowships and awards that allow scholars and scientists to come to Germany to work on a research project they have chosen themselves together with a host and collaborative partner. Researchers from Germany can apply for fellowships to carry out research projects abroad as a guest of one of more than 25,000 Humboldt Foundation alumni worldwide – the Humboldtians Scientists, researchers and scholars from more than 130 countries, including 48 Nobel Prize winners, are members of the Humboldt Foundation network.
The number of Humboldtians is comparatively high in South Africa and many of them hold key positions. They don't just play a prominent role as researchers and teachers, they are also involved in many areas of social and economic development in South Africa. To mark the beginning of the "German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013", Humboldtians will meet with the alumni of the DAAD at a joint conference also to be attended by the presidents of the two organisations and the Education and Research Ministers from both countries. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is supported in its efforts to expand its network by four ambassador scientists in South Africa and is actively involved in various initiatives for the Year of Science.