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      Call for applications for 2012 Humboldt Alumni Award
Humboldt Foundation alumni can apply for the 2012 Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives. The Humboldt Foundation grants these awards, which are valued at up to 25,000 euro each, in recognition of initiatives launched by its fellows and award winners abroad. The last date for submitting applications is 30 November 2011.  read full story more
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Education & research in Germany: German researchers discover quasiparticle for better digital storage / copyright Colourbox German researchers discover quasiparticle for better digital storage
German scientists from Juelich, Kiel and Hamburg have found a new magnetic order that could potentially lead to a new generation of smaller data storage units in the future.  more
Education & research in Germany: Robots in the 'humanoid' class face each other during the RoboCup 2011 in Istanbul / copyright dpa Bonn robotics teams take top prizes at RoboCup
At the annual RoboCup competition, held from 5 – 11 July in Istanbul, researchers from the University of Bonn were number one in the soccer teen-size class, and for automated domestic work.  more
Education & research in Germany: The DLR research aircraft ATRA, equipped with a fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel / copyright Airbus/ C. Brinkmann Test Airbus A320 taxis using fuel cell-powered nose wheel
On 1 July 2011, Germany's space agency DLR's A320 ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) taxied around Hamburg Airport propelled by an electric nose wheel. In the taxiing tests, researchers and engineers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fĂĽr Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), Airbus and Lufthansa Technik demonstrated a fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel. When installed in airliners, such nose wheels could significantly reduce noise and emissions at airports.  more
Engage for sustainability: enter 'Green Talents' competition 2011 / copyright Colourbox Engage for sustainability: enter 'Green Talents' competition 2011
How can green growth for all be achieved? What can be done to implement sustainability strategies into society? Young scientists from all over the world seeking solutions to these and other pressing questions related to sustainability research are invited to participate in the prestigious 'Green Talents' competition of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).  more
Education & research in Germany: Indian researcher Apurba Dev (L) along with his German colleagues  Tobias Voss and Jan-Peter Richtherz at the University of Bremen / copyright dpa Humboldt Fellows give Germany a positive report
In its latest study ‘A focus on Germany 2011. How foreign researchers regard Germany’, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation analyses its research fellows’ and their German collaborative partners’ reports on their experiences. On the whole, the Humboldtians painted a positive picture: 91 percent of the fellows are interested in a further stay in Germany and gave their host country a positive report.  more
Germany & South Asia: Professor Margret Wintermantel (L), Professor Joybrato Mukherjee (R), the new DAAD Executive Committee members / Photos: Eduard Fiege (L), JLU-Pressestelle Franz Möller (R) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) elects new Executive Committee
Professor Margret Wintermantel and Indian-origin Professor Joybrato Mukherjee are to be the new president and vice-president of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)—the largest academic exchange organisation world-wide. Professor Wintermantel is the president of the German Rectors’ Conference (‘Hochschulrektorenkonferenz’ – HRK). Professor Mukherjee is president of Justus Liebig University of Giessen.  more
Education news in Germany: The Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz / Copyright 2003, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz Center for Comparative Native and Indigenous Studies created at Mainz university
In order to bring the world’s indigenous people into the scope of research focus, the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz has founded the Center for Comparative Native and Indigenous Studies (CCNIS).  more
Education & research in Germany: The campus of the University of Bonn / copyright picture-alliance / Rolf Kosecki Opening of international campus of 'Alternative Nobel Prize' in Bonn
The new international campus of the Right Livelihood Award – the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' – has been inaugurated in Bonn. It is based at the Center for Development Research (ZEF). The Lord Mayor of Bonn, Juergen Nimptsch said, "The RLC Campus Bonn strengthens Bonn as an international science hub and as a location for political North-South dialogue.”  more
Education & research in Germany: Women from the tribal region of Melghat in India / copyright picture alliance German researchers study globalisation from the view of developing countries
A new cooperative research training group at the universities of Hannover and Goettingen is set to look at the themes surrounding the topic of 'Globalisation and Development' from another perspective, that of the individual and household throughout the developing world.  more
Education & research in Germany: Major German project finds e-mobility feasible for large cities / copyright dpa Major German project finds e-mobility feasible for large cities
The study cologneE-Mobil, conducted by University Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has released its initial findings revealing that electric cars are suitable and practical for everyday use in urban areas. Contrary to popular sentiments, they were also found to be less expensive than gas-powered cars even as Germany moves away from nuclear energy towards renewables.  more