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University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 110/2021 09 August 2021

International Exchange in the Face of Covid: Excellent International Researchers on Site – First Award Ceremony of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre

Since 2019, the University of Bayreuth Centre of International Excellence "Alexander von Humboldt" (Bayreuth Humboldt Centre) supports excellent international researchers who come to the University of Bayreuth forresearch stays. They cooperate with their Bayreuth hosts and experience the Upper Franconian campus as a dynamic learning and research location, where interdisciplinarity and creative thinking are alive. Now the first Award Ceremony took place at the invitation of the President, Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible.

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Despite all challenges due to the pandemic, international scientific exchange is moving forward at the University of Bayreuth: Currently, various Fellows and Grantees of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre are on campus in Bayreuth, Kulmbach and Thurnau, and they just received their awards from the President. They come from Poland, Italy, Morocco, India and the USA, and have taken the currently somewhat rocky road to Germany during the pandemic to continue working with their Bayreuth colleagues from musical theatre, engineering, religious studies, material sciences and psychology.

With the international guests on campus, central UBT services such as Research Funding, Welcome Services and, of course, the Centre itself can be integrated into the collaborations in order to support all participants in the best possible way, and also to communicate their research to the interested public. President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible: "As a university, we want to offer Fellows and Grantees an all-round successful research stay. Excellent research increasingly requires excellent support and administration, so that researchers can focus on what guides them: the intrinsic desire to know more, and then share that knowledge with all of us."

After many months of often-isolated work, all grantees are happy to be mobile again as researchers: "Of course, a lot of work can be done remotely, and cooperation is productive even at a distance thanks to advancing digitization. But that doesn't replace meetings and intensive exchange on site and in person!" emphasizes Dr. Danielle Arigo, who is researching the digital measurement of physical activity with her host, Junior Professor Dr. Laura König. "It's always also about doing research in context and living it. A Fellow also gets to know the laboratories on site, taps into new sources in our libraries and archives, and passes on her knowledge to our junior scholars," explains Prof. Dr. Anna Köhler, Executive Director of the Centre. Only in this way can the university be experienced as a place of research, and the collaborations can become sustainable.

These researchers are currently staying at the University of Bayreuth: 

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Senior Fellow Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Kozłowski (centre) from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, and his host Prof. Dr. Anno Mungen are investigating the role of the media in propaganda during the Nazi regime, focusing on the Bayreuth Festival (Theatre Studies). Also in the picture: Prof. Dr. Anna Köhler (l.), Executive Director of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre and University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible (r.).

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Junior Fellow Dr Abdelmjid Kettioui (2nd from left) from L'École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Moulay Ismail University in Meknes, Morocco, visits his host Prof. Dr Paula Schrode (right) to work together on the project "Moroccan Activist Atheism in the Diaspora: The Neoliberal Politics of a Subcultural 'Non-Movement'" (Religious Studies). Also in the picture: Prof. Dr. Anna Köhler (2nd from right) , Executive Director of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre and University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible (l.).

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Junior Fellow Dr.-Ing. Gianvito Vilé, junior research group leader at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy (2nd from left) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Jess, Chair of Chemical Process Engineering at UBT (r.) decipher "Microkinetic relationships in single-site catalysts for sustainable chemical processes" (Chemical Process Engineering). Also in the picture: Prof. Dr. Anna Köhler (2nd from right) , Executive Director of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre and University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible (l.).

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Short Term Grantee Dr. Danielle Arigo (2nd from left) , Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rowan University, USA, and her host, Junior Professor Dr. Laura König (right), Public Health Nutrition in Kulmbach, are working together on the project "Reducing Measurement Reactivity in Physical Activity Research" (Psychology). Also in the picture: Prof. Dr. Anna Köhler (2nd from right) , Executive Director of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre and University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible (l.).

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Short Term Grantee Dr. Eranezhuth Wasan Awin (2nd from right) from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, is researching "Design and processing of novel heterogeneous catalytic nanocomposite fibres based on polymer derived ceramics approach" (Materials Science). His hosts are PD Dr. Günter Motz (2nd from right), working group "Precursor Ceramics", and Prof. Dr. Rhett Kempe (right), Inorganic Chemistry II. Also in the picture: Prof. Dr. Anna Köhler (centre) , Executive Director of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre and University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible (l.).

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In addition, University President Leible awarded one of the three Strategic Scientific Workshops currently funded by the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre, for which Bayreuth researchers can apply each year. This award goes to Prof. Dr. Gesine Lenore Schiewer (M.) who, together with her cooperation partners Prof. Dr. Etienne Damome, Prof. Dr. Alain Kiyindou, both Université Bordeaux-Montaigne (France) and Prof. Dr. Dotsé Yigbe, Université de Lomé (Togo), developed the project "Languages of Participation. Interdisciplinary Networking of Participatory Communication, Information Technology, Ethics and Social Innovation" (Intercultural German Studies).

Further award winners are expected in Bayreuth in autumn, and the next calls for fellowships and travel grants have already been published here:
https://www.humboldt-centre.uni-bayreuth.de/en/applications/index.php.

Contact

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Dr. Mirjam Horn-SchottManaging Director University of Bayreuth Centre of International Excellence „Alexander von Humboldt"

Phone: +49 (0) 921/55-7879
E-Mail: Mirjam.Horn-Schott@uni-bayreuth.de
www.humboldt-centre.uni-bayreuth.de
University of Bayreuth

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Anja-Maria Meister

PR Spokesperson University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5300
E-mail: anja.meister@uni-bayreuth.de