Research Alumni Network

The Research Alumni Network was created for current and former visiting researchers in Heidelberg as well as for researchers with a Heidelberg background working abroad. More than 400 members from a wide range of disciplines and countries is using this special service within Heidelberg Alumni International.

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Heidelberg Alumni International (HAI)

HAI is the central alumni initiative of the university - the worldwide network for all former and current students, researchers, administrative and teaching staff. Since 1996, HAI offers its members in collaboration with its professional, national and international alumni groups a varied assortment of services, information, activities and events online in HAInet, in Heidelberg, in Germany and worldwide.

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Building & Expanding of the Network

2011-2019 supported by the Collaborative Project “International Research Marketing”



Issue 2/2020, August 2020 | German

News from the Network

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In the ‘News from the Network’ section research alumni can feature projects which they have carried out together or in cooperation with Heidelberg colleagues. Also, German researchers abroad with a background in Heidelberg can introduce their scientific work. [More...]


Intelligent implants

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The construction of novel materials from nano-sized components is the focus of a new institute at Heidelberg University: the Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering (IMSE) works at the intersection of chemistry, physics, material science and biology. [More...]


Research on Ibero-America

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The Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS) is a central research institution that pools existing and new competences of Heidelberg University in the field of Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and regions with close ties to both. The centre is headed by Spanish linguist Prof. Francisco Moreno-Fernández who transferred to Heidelberg on a Humboldt Professorship. [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 Javier Andreu Pintado, Historian, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona/Spain

Prof. Dr Mirela Cokic Dzinic, Professor of Law, University of Tuzla, Tuzla/Bosnia

Dr Arnab Muhuri, Satellite Earth Observation Scientist, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg/Germany


Alliance against COVID-19

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Ruperto Carola Approved for DFG Funding

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Heidelberg University succeeded in gaining funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the latest approval round for three collaborative research centres. DFG funding for the upcoming four-year period for all three consortia totals more than 40 million euros. [More...]


Improving memory recall

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Researchers have found that they can increase cognitive performance by elevating a certain protein level in the neurons that are responsible for storing memories. In studies with mice, Heidelberg neuroscientists were able to show that the protein Dnmt3a2 is an epigenetic factor that chemically modifies DNA and thereby influences memory recall. [More...]