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.

Prof. Colin Chapman to receive the Konrad Adenauer Research Award

The zoologist, biologist, primate researcher and Canada Research Chair Prof. Colin A. Chapman of Mcgill University has been chosen to receive the Konrad Adenauer Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Read the news article on the Humboldt Foundation website by clicking here.

Congratulations, Prof. Chapman!

DAAD alumni reception on April 23, 2018

DAAD Alumni Reception, Toronto

April 23, 2018

“Taking Stock of Academic Cooperation Between Germany and Canada”

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) cordially invites DAAD alumni, current grantees, partners and friends to a reception on Monday, April 23rd from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Campbell Conference Facility, South House, The Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place, Toronto).


This event will be an opportunity to bid farewell to Dr. Alexandra Gerstner, Director of the DAAD Information Centre Toronto, who will be returning to the DAAD Head Office in Bonn this summer.

Prior to the reception itself, we will present a short program (from 6:00 to 7:00 pm) looking at developments in the area of academic cooperation between Germany and Canada. This section of the evening will be moderated by Ms. Myka Burke, Vice-President of the DAAD Alumni Association Canada and feature contributions from:


Dr. Nina Lemmens, Director, DAAD Regional Office New York


Dr. Alexandra Gerstner, Director, DAAD Information Centre Toronto.

Prof. Alice Kuzniar at University of Waterloo awarded the Hans-Walz prize

Prof. Alice Kuzniar, University Research Chair and Professor of German and English at University of Waterloo was awarded the Hans-Walz Research prize by the Robert Bosch Foundation in recognition of her work on the history of homeopathy and her book, The Birth of Homeopathy Out of the Spirit of Romanticsm.

Link to news article

A new book by Prof. Frank W. Stahnisch and Prof. Gül A. Russell

Screen Shot 2017-10-07 at 6.17.14 PMProf. Frank W. Stahnisch has published a new book with Prof. Gül. A. Russell on the forced migration of neuroscientists during and after the Second World War:

Stahnisch, F.W. and Russell, G.A. (eds.): “Forced Migration in the History of 20th-Century Neuroscience and Psychiatry – New Perspectives”. London, England: Routledge 2017.


The forced migration of neuroscientists, both during and after the Second World War, is of growing interest to international scholars. Of particular interest is how the long-term migration of scientists and physicians has affected both the academic migrants and their receiving environments. As well as the clash between two different traditions and systems, this migration forced scientists and physicians to confront foreign institutional, political, and cultural frameworks when trying to establish their own ways of knowledge generation, systems of logic, and cultural mentalities.

The twentieth century has been called the century of war and forced-migration, since it witnessed two devastating world wars, prompting a massive exodus that included many neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Fascism in Italy and Spain beginning in the 1920s, Nazism in Germany and Austria between the 1930s and 1940s, and the impact of the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe all forced more than two thousand researchers with prior education in neurology, psychiatry, and the basic brain research disciplines to leave their scientific and academic home institutions. This edited volume, comprising of eight chapters written by international specialists, reflects on the complex dimensions of intellectual migration in the neurosciences and illustrates them by using relevant case studies, biographies, and historical surveys.

Website link to the book

Website link to Dr. Stahnisch’s institutional homepage