What Humboldt means to us

What do scientists and scholars associate with Humboldt today? Fascinating replies from five researchers who are strongly involved in exchange between Germany and Latin America.

Research must be understandable

Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee

Vice President of the DAAD and President of Justus Liebig University Giessen

“Humboldt showed how it is done: we researchers do not work in a parallel universe, let alone in an ivory tower…”


Keeping exchange alive

Dr. Marion Röwekamp

Holder of the DAAD-funded Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt Chair at the Colegio de México, post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin

“The Colegio de México has many international partnerships…”


Networks strengthen research

Prof. Dr. Ignacio Mantilla

Former Rector of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá

“Alexander von Humboldt made a great contribution to the development of science in Colombia…”


More network thinking wanted

Prof. Dr. Francisco J. Barrantes

Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), Buenos Aires, DAAD alumnus and President of the Alumni Association of the Humboldt Foundation in Argentina

“Humboldt was an adventurer, a traveller and a tireless collector who never lost his romantic perspective…”


Everything is connected, everything is part of the system

Dr. Sonia Alejandra Torres Sánchez

Geoscientist at the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí in Mexico and DAAD Young Ambassador in Mexico

“What we can learn from Alexander von Humboldt is that we must not totally separate the natural sciences from the social sciences and the arts…”


Transcripts: Christina Iglhaut, LETTER 01/2019.

The DAAD alumni magazin LETTER tells interesting stories from science, culture, Germany and the DAAD alumni Network.

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