New Alexander von Humboldt professors selected

Germany’s highest valued international research award goes to four researchers from abroad.

A communications engineer from the USA, a microbiologist from Sweden, a psychologist from the Netherlands and a solid-state physicist from Japan have been selected as new Alexander von Humboldt Professors. The research award, worth up to five million EUR, is granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, the Foundation honours world-leading researchers of all academic disciplines working abroad. In the long term, these researchers are to conduct cutting-edge research at German universities.

The selected award winners are currently entering into appointment negotiations with the German universities that nominated them:

  • Giuseppe Caire (47), communications engineer at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, was nominated by the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin.
  • Microbiologist Emmanuelle Marie Charpentier (44), who most recently worked at Umeå University in Sweden, was nominated by the Hannover Medical School in conjunction with the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig.
  • Jens Förster (48) is a psychologist at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is to conduct research at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in future.
  • Solid-state physicist Hidenori Takagi (52) was nominated by the University of Stuttgart in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research Stuttgart. He previously conducted research at the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Wako, Saitama, Japan.

The Humboldt Foundation’s selection committee had eleven applications to consider. Seven of the nominees currently work in the USA, one in the UK, one in Japan, one in the Netherlands and one in Sweden. The awards will be presented in Berlin in 2014.

The award amount is earmarked for funding the first five years in Germany. The award gives universities the opportunity to offer international top-class professionals competitive conditions and the prospect of long-term work in Germany as well as the opportunity to raise their own profiles.

The seven Humboldt Professors who were selected last year and have now concluded their negotiations will be presented with their awards on 8 May 2013 in Berlin.