2021 Konrad Adenauer Research Award to Prof. Adele Reinhartz!

Congratulations to Adele Reinhartz who is professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa on being selected for this prestigious award!   Please see the full announcement here.




Prof. Misak appointed interim director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

We are happy to learn that fellow Humboldtian Prof. Cheryl Misak, University Professor, Professor in the department of Philosophy,  is now the interim director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.  Check out the news here.

Congratulations, Prof. Misak!

Congratulations to Prof. Frank Stahnisch for publishing a new book!

We  are glad to share that Prof. Frank Stahnisch of University of Calgary has recently published another book titled ‘Psychiatry and the Legacies of Eugenics Historical Studies of Alberta and Beyond’.  Please click the picture below to get a link to the  book.

[book cover] Psychiatry and the Legacy of Eugenics

Congratulations, Prof. Stahnisch!

Congratulations to Prof. Frank Stahnisch for publishing two books!

We are happy to convey that Prof. Frank Stahnisch of University of Calgary has recently published two new books.  The links to the two books can be found by clicking the images below.

In the first book, titled ‘In A New Field’, Prof. Stahnisch documents and analyzes the antecedents of the modern neurosciences as an interdisciplinary field. Through case studies and collective biographies, Stahnisch investigates how the evolving relationships between various medical disciplines created new epistemological and social contexts for brain research. He also shows how changing political conditions in Central Europe affected the development of the neurosciences, ultimately leading to the expulsion of many physicians and researchers under the Nazi regime and their migration to North America.

Prof. Stahnisch’s second book, ‘Bedside and Community’, is the inside story of fifty years of health care and health research at the University of Calgary. Drawing on the first-person accounts of researchers, administrators, faculty, and students along with archival research, and faculty histories, this collection celebrates the many significant contributions the University of Calgary has made to the health of Albertans.

Prof. Stahnisch currently holds the AMF/Hannah  Professorship  in  the  History  of  Medicine  and  Health  Care  in  the  rank  of  a Full Professor, with  joint  appointment  in  the  Department  of  Community  Health  Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, and the Department of History, Faculty of Arts.  The URL for his webpage is


Congratulations, Prof. Stahnisch!

A warm welcome to Prof. Dr. Jean Grondin, the new Humboldt Ambassador Scientist in Canada!

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has appointed Prof. Dr. Jean Grondin (Université de Montréal) as Humboldt Ambassador Scientist in Canada in addition to Professor Jennifer Decker (National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa) and Professor Christopher Orvig (University of British Columbia, Vancouver). Professor Grondin will support the Foundation as one of currently 49 Ambassador Scientists worldwide.   Congratulations to Prof. Grondin for the appointment!  HAC also acknowledges the contributions of the outgoing Humboldt Ambassador Scientist in Canada, Prof. Julia Torrie (St. Thomas University), for her past work and contributions.  Thank you, Prof. Torrie!


Professor André Laliberté receives the 2019 Konrad Adenauer Research Award

The Konrad Adenauer Research Award for 2019 has been awarded to and accepted by Professor André Laliberté from the University of Ottawa. For more information as well as for a press release regarding the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Alberta, please click here.  Congratulations Prof. Laliberté!

UAlberta renews MOU with Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The University of Alberta and Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding that promises ongoing collaborations between the partners. A UAlberta release states that the AvH enables researchers to tap into a global network that engages more than 27,000 scientists from more than 140 countries.  The story can be viewed here.



Share your best photos in celebration of Alexander von Humboldt’s 250th birthday!

Be a part of the celebration! This year will mark Alexander von Humboldt’s 250th birthday and to celebrate, we are collecting the best and most exciting shots for a vibrant photo exhibition that will be presented to at the May Kolleg in Ottawa.

If you have a great photo from your Humboldt experience, we want you to share it!  Show us what made your Humboldt experience so special. Whether you were there when the wall came down or you had a momentous advance in your research or you survived your first drive on the Autobahn or you just discovered Leberkäse…or, if you were a Lynen Fellow, share your experience outside of Germany!

The photos collected will also be hosted on the HAC and HFLOC websites.

To contribute your photo to this exhibition, send them by email in jpeg format, along with the completed release form below, to: HumboldtPictures@yahoo.com

Please include your name, the location and year of photo, as well as a brief caption. Deadline is 15 April 2019.

I own the attached image(s) and hereby grant permission to the Humboldt Foundation Liaison Office in Canada (HFLOC) to use them in presentations, publications, news releases, online, and in other communications related to its mission. I understand that I may revoke this authorization at any time by notifying HFLOC in writing.


Photo location:

Photo year:


Dr. Dietmar Kennepohl was kind enough to share the following picture with us as an example.

Trying a Trabi — Dietmar Kennepohl Göttingen 1991

Deadline for submission to the ‘Transitions’ Kolleg extended to October 15, 2018

The Humboldt Association of Canada has extended the deadline for the submission of abstracts to the Kolleg themed ‘Transitions’ to October 15, 2018.  The details of the Kolleg, which will be held at the University of Ottawa from May 9 to May 11, 2019,  can be found here.  Abstracts may be submitted here.

Humboldt Association of Canada Kolleg on ‘Transitions’: Call for papers

The Humboldt Association of Canada is now accepting abstracts for a Kolleg themed ‘Transitions’, to be held in the University of Ottawa from May 9 to May 11, 2019.  The details of the Kolleg can be found here.  The abstract submission deadline is September 15, 2018.  Abstracts may be submitted here.