The Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation voted in April 2013 to award an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship to the psychologist Professor Dr Jens Förster from the University of Amsterdam. Professor Förster was nominated by the Ruhr Universität Bochum and was supposed to take up his position as a Humboldt Professor there in mid-2014.
On 22 April 2014, just a few days before the scheduled ceremony to award the Humboldt Professorship, the University of Amsterdam came to the conclusion in the course of an investigation that Professor Förster was responsible for a case of scientific misconduct. In keeping with its rules of good scientific practice and at Professor Förster’s request, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation subsequently suspended its funding decision until the facts have been clarified and its Selection Committee has deliberated.
The evaluation is still ongoing and, in light of the complexity of the case and its importance for all parties involved, particularly for Professor Förster, is being conducted with the utmost care. Consequently, in order to be able to take all relevant facts into account, the Humboldt Foundation will wait for, among other things, the outcome of validation tests which are currently being conducted in several countries, the results of which should be available by the end of the year. The Foundation’s Selection Committee is then to decide at its next meeting in April 2015 whether to uphold the award of the Humboldt Professorship.