Neue Impulse für die wissenschaftliche Kooperation

Translation Dear Humboldtians, On behalf of the president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald, we cordially invite you to a Colloquium for Humboldt Fellows and Awardees from Brazil and Uruguay "Neue Impulse für die wissenschaftliche Kooperation" in Porto Alegre / BRAZIL from 9 – 11 March, 2007. The colloquium in Porto Alegre will be an opportunity for you to meet with other Humboldtians from your countries and establish or renew scientific and personal contacts. In addition to plenary sessions, the participants will meet in workshops with lectures given by scientists from Germany and the Humboldtians. A preliminary programme is attached. Official languages will be English and German. The delegation from Germany will be headed by the president of the Humboldt Foundation and will consist of numerous renowned German scientists and representatives of German funding organizations. We should be happy if your spouse would join, too, complying with the foundation’s tradition. For the duration of the colloquium, you will be our guests in Porto Alegre. We shall make a two nights hotel reservation for each participant residing outside Porto Alegre and pass the details on to you as soon as they are available. For those Humbodltians coming from distant cities, we offer a travel support according to the blue list attached (unfortunately not for spouses). In order to update our files, we ask you to kindly complete and return the attached address sheet or, alternatively, edit your personal data online (instruction attached). Please return the enclosed form at your earliest convenience, yet no later than December 15, 2006. to TASK, a company who assists us in organizing the colloquium. Prior to the colloquium a strategy paper with recommendations on the future of the German-Brazilian scientific cooperation will be drafted by the German and the Brazilian side. As announced in the programme, this paper will be presented in the morning of March 10. Subsequently, the participants of the colloquium meet in specialized workshops to discuss the ideas of the draft strategy paper for their respective academic disciplines and to develop further proposals. After lunch the specialized workshops will be continued with scientific presentations. The aim of these workshops with a broad selection of topics is the exchange of general information concerning the according fields of research. After an introductory presentation of the German group manager, four to six brief talks can be given by Humboldtians. We would thus be delighted if you had a brief talk to offer, concerning your current research. It should take no longer than 15 minutes, and should be commonly understandable. Please forward the title and an abstract (approximately 10 lines, preferably as e-mail attachment), together with your registration. The group manager will make a selection of lectures, based on the abstracts. If your proposed lecture was accepted, we will inform you no later than 6 weeks prior to the meeting. In any case, your lecture will be included in an abstract-booklet for the distribution amongst all participants. Lectures in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences should be given in German; those in the fields of Natural Sciences and Engineering may be given in German or English. Looking forward to meeting you in Porto Alegre in March, I remain Sincerely yours, Dr. Gisela Janetzke