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The Research Alumni Network currently consists of more than 400 international scientists that are staying or have stayed in Heidelberg to conduct research. The network offers special services to all international PhD students, postdocs and established scientists during and after their research stay.

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Issue 2/2019, August 2019 | German

Heidelberg Remains Excellent

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Heidelberg University has successfully competed for the title of “University of Excellence”: With its concept of a Comprehensive Research University it is one of ten individual universities and one university consortium that will receive funding as Universities of Excellence within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments. [More...]


4EU+ European University Alliance

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The 4EU+ European University Alliance was successful at the first Erasmus+ call for proposals for “European Universities”: The transnational network of six excellent universities, including Heidelberg University, is one among 17 such alliances and will be funded with up to 5 million euros. [More...]


Humboldt Professorship for Linguist


The Spanish linguist Prof. Dr Francisco Moreno-Fernández is receiving a Humboldt Professorship to research and teach at Heidelberg University. With this, Prof. Moreno-Fernández has won Germany's most highly endowed international research prize and will direct the new interdisciplinary Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS) at Ruperto Carola. [More...]


„I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg“


The Research Alumni Network lives by and with its members – visiting scientists that are currently conducting research in Heidelberg or have already concluded their stay and are continuing their work elsewhere. We will introduce three of these scientists in each edition of this newsletter. In this edition:


Prof. Dr. Izak Cornelius, Professor of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch/South Africa

Dr Emilia Maria Patrut, Medic at Iuliu Hatieganu University in Cluj-Napoca/Romania

Prof. Dr. Sumit Ganguly, Political Scientist at Indiana University Bloomington, in Bloomington/USA


Ruperto Carola Approved for DFG Funding

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In the latest round of applications, Heidelberg University has won support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to fund multiple Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) and a Research Training Group. Approximately 71 million euros of funding will go to both newly established and continued research institutions. [More...]


Is It All a Question of Intelligence?

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A study to analyse the manner in which certain traits affect cooperation across individuals was conducted by a team of scientists including Dr Andis Sofianos of the Alfred Weber Institute of Economics in Heidelberg. In this interview he explains the role played by personal characteristics like intelligence, compatibility and diligence for the intergration of individuals in group dynamics. [More...]


National Climate Policy Pays Off

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A study conducted by an international team of researchers including scientists from Heidelberg has proven that a national climate policy pays off: ambitious political strategies aimed at promoting renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency have made a noticeable contribution to reducing carbon emissions. The researchers found a sustained decline in such emissions in 18 countries over the period from 2005 to 2015. [More...]